VIDEO: Inventing the World

Paul Solomon is a conceptual artist and educator who works across media (chiefly photography and theater). He is fascinated by the intersection of art and science, and one of his creative heroes is Thomas Edison. He believes artists and scientists can mutually benefit from discoveries inherent in their respective disciplines. 

Solomon shares ideas from the medical humanities course he teaches at the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and presents at the Mayo Clinic and other venues. Recent topics include: Gimme Shelter: How Architecture Provides a Blueprint for Medicine; Time is the Portal to the Sacred – As seen in Jewish Practices in Care of the Sick; Skilled Observation and Creative Reasoning in Art and Science; and In the Mind’s Eye: The Neuroscience of Human Vision. 

The series is curated by Judith Joseph and Dorit Jordan Dotan. 

In addition, this program is produced with the support of Jewish Art Salon’s Program Advisor Yona Verwer, team members Cheselyn Amato and Chana Wiesenthal Elias and with the ongoing support of CANVAS. 

About the Presenter: Paul Solomon is a Professor of Art at Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic School of Art and is the Director of the interdisciplinary program, Direct Encounter with the Arts. Solomon is also an Adjunct Community Professor in the Medical Ethics, Humanities and Law Program at Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine where he teaches The Skilled Observer in Art and Science course for medical students.

Solomon’s photography has been commissioned and published by clientele including: Adobe; American Express; Christie’s Auctions; European Travel and Life; Forbes; Interior Design; New York Magazine; Olympus Cameras; Smithsonian; U.S. Trust & Company; and Xerox.

His “Boundaries of Eden” photographic series was shown in a one-person exhibition in Chicago in 2013, and featured in exhibitions in Manhattan, and on Governors Island, New York, in 2014 and 2015. Paul Solomon is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island and earned his MFA degree in Media Arts from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.