Dr. Walter J. Pories, Professor of Surgery, Biochemistry and Kinesiology and Director of the Metabolic Surgery Research Group at the Brody School of Medicine presents a 2013 Fall Semester exhibit as part of the Art as Avocation series. Entitled, "The Art of Pories: Reflections on Medicine, Science, & Academia" Pories will showcase a multiple media collection of cartoons, sculptures, watercolor paintings and digital art as an artistic response to his views on medicine, science and academia. The exhibit is on display in the Laupus Library 4th floor gallery beginning October 1 and will run through December 6, 2013.
Walter J. Pories is a native of Germany who, on repeating the third grade for the third time was prophetically told that he certainly had no talent for art. In spite of that dire assessment, he pursued a major in art at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, courses at the Cleveland Museum of Art and, especially, in the workshops of Tony Couch, one of America's finest watercolor artists. His career in art includes making diagrams for the Yellow Pages, preparing medical illustrations at the University of Rochester and ECU as well as doodling at meetings and painting two kids' bedrooms. He has had two one-man- shows: one at the Greenville Museum of Art and another in a remote corner of Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Still unable to get a cartoon into the New Yorker, he continues to settle for publications of cartoons in magazines few people read. In addition to his career in art, he still dabbles in surgical and nutritional research. He and his wife, Dr. Mary Ann Rose, have six children and live on a farm with cows, goats, poultry, llamas, deer, foxes, turkeys and even two bears.