Art@Countway banner featuring an abstract painting and the Countway Cares logo

Countway Library is delighted to announce a new initiative at the library: Art@Countway!

This effort aims to bring original work by Harvard Longwood Campus artists - through individual exhibits and collective shows - into the library's newly renovated spaces. We wish to celebrate the talent here on campus and provide opportunities for artists to share their work. We welcome exhibits which represent Boston's cultural diversity and vibrant artistic community.

Exhibits will be hosted on a rolling basis for approximately six-weeks at a time throughout the library, beginning with the limestone walls on the first floor. Keep an eye here and on our calendar page for updates and announcements throughout the year!

If you work, study, or teach on the Harvard Longwood Campus and would be interested in exhibiting your work on our walls, please reach out to us.

Countway cares about ... medicine and the arts.

Upcoming Exhibits

A collection of Jonah Blumenthal's paintings, including one with the artist standing in front of his work with a paintbrush in his mouth.

Scrubbing Through COVID | Artwork by Jonah Blumenthal

August 7 - September 29, 2023 | Countway 1st Floor

Artist Talk: August 10, 6-7:30pm

Artist Statement

As a conceptual contemporary artist and fifth-year Harvard medical student, Jonah's work reflects the intersection of his experiences in the healthcare system, his social commentary, and his passion for visual art. Jonah began studying visual arts in high school and attended Brown University where he matriculated as a visual arts concentrator. While at Brown Jonah explored many different subjects and ultimately found himself captivated by neuroscience. This fascination led him to pursue a medical degree at Harvard, where he has spent several years training to become an ophthalmologist.

Prior to matriculating at Harvard, Jonah was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to live and work in rural Bulgaria. In Vidin Bulgaria Jonah created a body of work that explored themes of isolation, erasure of history, and social change. These experiences influenced his approach to art greatly, and he continues to draw on them his work today.

Throughout his medical education, he has found solace in his art practice, which allows him to process and express the complexities of his experiences in the hospital, clinic, and operating room. Jonah works in a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, ceramic, room installation, and photography. Jonah often ends up using mixed media to convey his contemporary works.

Since March of 2020, his artistic focus has shifted to center more on the experiences in patient care during the Covid-19 pandemic. Jonah's art reflects the emotional and psychological tolls of the pandemic on his own psyche as well as on our society at large. Specifically, he focuses on social habituation and the development of social numbness.

Jonah hopes that his art makes you work. He hopes to leave you questioning what you have seen and contemplating its meaning. 

Visit Jonah's website and follow him on Instagram at @jonah_blumenthal_art.