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Medica Veritate
  • October 6, 2018 - November 1, 2018
  • Recurring daily
  • Frederick Community College Mary Condon Hodgson Art Gallery
  • 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702
  • 301-846-2513
  • Mon–Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm
  • Free

    Regional artist, Sarah Bigham, will present Medica Veritate.

    Reception Opening: October 6, 5-7pm, Visual and Performing Arts Center Lobby.

    “My internal world is quite a different landscape from the public persona I maintain, and my artistic work is influenced, in large part, by my experiences as a person with complex medical conditions that are generally not visible to those around me,” Sarah explains. “I have developed many puzzling symptoms and accrued multiple diagnoses. Three of my conditions were listed in Prevention Magazine’s 2014 article on the ten most painful medical conditions and I lived in absolute agony before finding a team of providers who are ever so slowly helping to manage the pain. My life is utterly changed and my days are now filled with medical appointments, treatments, home therapies, and medications. I turned to creative expression in desperation, looking for a distraction from the terrible pain. Many of my art pieces include dissolved medications and supplements, and I typically paint late at night when most others have long been asleep. I have heard from fellow chronic pain patients, medical providers, community members, colleagues, friends, and complete strangers about how my creative work with painting and writing has helped them understand the experience of pain, feel less alone, or seek ways to help those in need. My hope is that my work inspires empathy and compassion for those whose daily existence hurts. Sometimes the deepest, most unbearable pain is the kind you cannot see.”

    Sarah Bigham teaches, paints, and writes in Frederick where she lives with her kind chemist wife, their three independent cats, and an unwieldy herb garden. A Pushcart nominee, Sarah’s painting, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of publications. Find her at

    The MCH Gallery is open to the public Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Frederick Community College. For more information, contact Wendell Poindexter, Arts Center Director, 301-846-2513.