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Faces of neurofibromatosis the subject of Lied Gallery exhibition coming in October

"Garrett Drinking," a painting by Omaha-based artist Rachel Mindrup, will be one of several portraits shown during Mindrup's exhibition next month at the Lied Education Center for the Arts Gallery. Mindrup's exhibition focuses on telling the stories of people with neurofibromatosis.The vibrant personalities and powerful stories in the faces of those with a potentially disfiguring and difficult condition are the subjects of an upcoming gallery exhibition at the Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts.

Omaha-based portrait artist Rachel Mindrup has spent several years training her brush and canvas on the faces of people with the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis (nf), intent on making the malady secondary and the spirit of her subjects the central focus of her art. Inspired by her son Henry, who was diagnosed with nf, Mindrup has created oil and watercolor portraits of dozens of people with the disorder and will exhibit the paintings in “Portrait of a Disorder: Neurofibromatosis,” at the Lied Gallery on the Creighton campus, Oct. 24 through Nov. 22. An artist reception will be held Friday, Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., with an artist talk starting at 5 p.m.

Through her paintings, Mindrup said she hopes to be an advocate and educator, leading a mission to raise awareness and raise funds for clinical trials to end the disorder.

Mindrup’s artwork has appeared around Omaha, the region and the nation, including at the Queens Museum, Boys Town, Creighton, Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Several of her pieces are also in private collections, including those of the primatologist Jane Goodall and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Gallery hours at the Lied Education Center for the Arts are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Visitor parking is located west of the Lied Education Center for the Arts and is accessed from Cass Street.

All Department of Fine and Performing Arts events are funded, in part, by the generous support of the Richard and Mary McCormick Endowment Fund for the Fine and Performing Arts, the Grace Keenan Fund, the Anne Sheerer Fund, and other anonymous sources.

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