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To Lift Our Spirits: Enriching Art

CARAVAN Board Member Bassem Bejjani shares his top pick.

Janet Echelman,1.8 Renwick, 2015,Knotted and braided fiber with programmable lighting and wind movement above printed textile flooring, 537x413cm

It is difficult to describe this installation other than to say that it stretched my senses, my imagination and my understanding. The scale of the work and its implications, the weaving of art with man-made catastrophes and natural phenomena made time visible in a massive work of art and made for a very enriching experience.


Bassem A. Bejjani, MD is Vice President of CARAVAN and Chief Medical Officer of Metis Genetics, a telegenetics counseling service company. He is on the Board of Trustees of The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle.  He is also trustee of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and immediate past Chair of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA).  Dr. Bejjani has served on the Board of the Spokane Symphony where he was Executive Vice-President. A graduate of the American University of Beirut, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, he is a pediatrician and a medical geneticist. As Clinical Professor at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medical Sciences at Washington State University, he helped establish the genetics curriculum for the first class of medical students. He is co-founder of Signature Genomics, a genomics laboratory that was acquired by PerkinElmer, Inc. in 2010.  He is interested in arts and science education and the role of art in enhancing creativity, scientific learning and critical thinking.  


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