New art exhibit showcases the creative side of ECU’s Division of Health Sciences

American novelist and literary critic John Updike said, “What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.”

This notion holds true for all of us, including the faculty, staff and students within ECU’s Division of Health Sciences, who take time out of their demanding schedules to tap into their creative side.

Since last January, Laupus Library has celebrated the talents and self-expression of some of our school’s brightest medical minds by showcasing their work in the “Art as Avocation” exhibit series. The celebration will continue this fall semester with a new exhibit from Dr. Leonard G. Trujillo, associate professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Trujillo’s exhibit, entitled “Artistry in Wood: Reflections of Past and Present, Preserved Forever” will showcase his personal collection of relief wood carvings. Scheduled to open September 11, the wood carvings will be on display on the Laupus Library 4th floor gallery through November 6.

For Dr. Trujillo and our other colleagues featured in Art as Avocation, art provides the space and breathing room of which John Updike speaks. And for those of us able to view the fruits of that creativity, a new window of understanding, connectedness and appreciation for our colleagues may be opened.  

We welcome you to stop by the library this fall to view the exhibits, broaden your perspective – and perhaps become inspired to explore your own creativity.  If nothing else, you’re sure to enjoy a moment of “breathing room” away from daily responsibilities.

To learn more about the artists and how you might be able to participate in future exhibitions, please visit the Art as Avocation page at

Visitors can view the exhibit during normal operating hours posted at or call 252-744-2219. For more information about the exhibit, call Kelly Rogers Dilda at 252-744-2232 or e-mail

–Dr. Dorothy A. Spencer, Director of Laupus Library