Ginny O'Brien

Ginny O’Brien is an artist, arts educator, author, and registered nurse. She exhibits her art in solo and group exhibitions locally and nationally. Ginny conducts workshops and seminars for teachers, artists, and healthcare professionals that include content and methods integrating art and creativity for the promotion of good health and wellness. She presents her arts and health programming at conferences nationwide and has presented a selection of her programs at the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal and for museum directors attending panel discussions held at the Yale University Art Gallery.

Ginny served for over a decade as Curator of Education for the University at Buffalo Art Galleries creating programs with content focused on the Galleries’ permanent art collections and temporary exhibitions. She worked with university faculty and student interns, developed programs for K-12 teachers and students, and collaborated with community arts organizations and health services agencies to provide programming in support of diverse audiences with specific learning requirements. Ginny has taught several courses in Fiber Arts and Design at Buffalo State College and Daemen College, and developed and led a course Clinical Humanities: The Intersection of Healthcare and the Visual Arts, offered at the University at Buffalo for undergraduate students studying across disciplines.

Ginny holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, Fibers, from Syracuse University, and from Buffalo State College she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Textile Design and a Master of Arts degree with concentrations in Textile Design and Art Therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, and attended the Kansas City Art Institute studying Fine Art, Illustration, and Design. Her authored publications and creative works are found in art, education, and health-related journals, including SURFACE DESIGN JOURNAL, Western Humanities Review Literary Magazine, and Family Medicine: Journal for the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine. Ginny is currently Consultant Curator in Visual Arts for Medical Education working with Dr. Linda Pessar, Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.