A law professor’s artistic turn
UF Law Professor Stacey Steinberg’s (JD 03) photographic art joins the likes of Claude Monet and Frida Kahlo as her Shared Hope – Art and Healing exhibit runs through Aug. 5 at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.
Steinberg shows 20 pieces in the exhibition featuring UF Health patients and their families. The patients are children suffering from cancer, birth abnormalities and other medical issues.
“I try to capture the beauty that’s present and the love that’s present even when families are facing a great deal of pain,” Steinberg said.
A panel discussion of the exhibition, which also includes photographs by Joyce Pearson and Kathy Liu’s communal origami project, will be held at the museum on July 16 at 3 p.m. A reception follows.
Steinberg said fellow alumni Rod Smith (JD 75) and Dee Dee Smith (JD 92) helped make the exhibit possible by covering the cost to print her work for display.
Steinberg is a legal skills professor and assistant director of UF Law’s Center on Children and Families. When she practiced as an 8th Circuit assistant state attorney she often worked with children by engaging them with art. She noticed that letting children draw and color served as a kind of therapy.
“When I was a prosecutor and working with kids in court, as painful as it was, I really liked to help them (cope with) their trauma. Now I’m serving kids in a different type of difficult time of their lives,” Steinberg said.
Steinberg’s photographs have been featured in the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.