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Creighton professor draws art from life

Apr 19, 2022
5 min Read
Eugene Curtin
Rachel Mindrup drawing

A monotype born from the painful experience of watching a teenage son undergo brain surgery placed third last fall at the Lore Degenstein's 12th Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.

Rachel Mindrup, MFA, assistant professor of Fine and Performing Arts and the Richard L. Deming, MD, Endowed Chair of Medical Humanities at Creighton University, titled the 24-by-18-inch painting Uncertain Outcomes.

“In 2019, my son had surgery on a brain tumor,” Mindrup says. “The neurosurgeon let us know that there might be temporary brain damage, which included paralysis and blindness. The image is how my son looked when they wheeled him into the PICU. Thankfully, he came through without permanent or temporary brain damage.”

The genetic disorder that afflicted her then 15-year-old son, Henry, is neurofibromatosis. Since 2010, Mindrup has worked on her "Many Faces of Neurofibromatosis (NF)" series to bring awareness to this little-known genetic disorder that affects 1 in 3,000 individuals.