Director of ArtMed inSight
Anna Willieme is the creator and director of ArtMed inSight which explores connections between art, perception and medicine. It specializes in the development of educational programs which use art to enhance the perceptual, self-awareness and communication skills of medical students, physicians and healthcare professionals.
As director of ArtMed inSight, Willieme has been collaborating with Massachusetts General Hospital since 2007 where she developed unique and pioneering curricula linking art with clinical training for residents in Internal Medicine. In addition, since 2005, Willieme has been teaching “The Professional Eye,” a course for medical students at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where she is on the seminar faculty. More recently, she has designed courses for students at Weill Cornell Medical School and NYU School of Medicine. She is also a regular presenter at Grand Rounds at Stamford Hospital and has received grants from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the Foundation for Art and Healing.
A lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for over ten years, Willieme has collaborated with its Education Department on all of its main programs. She has also teamed up with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where she developed “The Creative Eye,” a course which stresses creative engagement with art.
In addition, Willieme is a frequent speaker on art as well as art and medicine. She has presented and participated in conferences both in the US and abroad. She also writes on art and health and her recent articles have appeared in publications such as Alive and Spirituality and Health Magazine.
A visual artist too, Willieme has worked for 20 years in a variety of media including photography, printing, painting, and installation. Her exhibition experience includes shows in galleries and public spaces in major cities in both the US and Europe.