Nature Photography by UAMS Instructor on Display Through Feb. 28

By todd

LITTLE ROCK –  The photography of a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) physician first inspired with a camera as an 11-year-old in Ukraine will be on display through Feb. 28 in the second-floor gallery of the UAMS Library.


The Arts of UAMS exhibit “The Earth is My Home,” features photos by Igor B. Gubrij, M.D., Ph.D., a research instructor in the College of Medicine’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and the UAMS Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases.


The exhibit is free and open to the public. The UAMS Library is in the Education II building at 4301 W. Markham St. For library hours, call (501) 686-5980.


A reception to honor Gubrij will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, at the library.


Gubrij said his love of photography was sparked when he was 11-years old in Kiev, Ukraine. His geography teacher assigned him a project to show the sights of the city in pictures.


With virtually no experience in photography, he received a few pointers from his father, but there were few resources for photography amateurs at the time, he said. As he fell in love with this new hobby, he took pictures of people, buildings, plants and animals while expanding his knowledge of photography through reading and experience.


“Many of my photos are of nature, because I admire those things nature has created. We live in a world of scientific and technical progress where we create powerful machines and devices,” Gubrij said. “We try to understand how molecules in a living cell interact and how they create the thing we call ‘life,’ but we often forget how this life actually looks.”


Gubrij said he sees nature as a place to escape the stress and problems of daily life. Gubrij’s photographs are for sale. For more information, contact him at


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,170 students and 650 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of  $4 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute.