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2022 Art of Medicine Competition

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By Kathryn Webb

Sep 09, 2022

Welcome to the first Art of Medicine competition!

This competition is dedicated to those who love kidneys and art. Pathologists, nephrologists, and residents alike can submit diagnostic images, paintings, drawings, digital art, sculptures, or any other media focused on renal pathology. Those participating are encouraged to interpret their definition of renal pathology in a creative way that highlights the field.

Why are we hosting an art competition?

The Art of Medicine competition works to connect artistic expression with a vital part of Arkana’s mission, advancing the understanding of disease through education. The cases we receive daily are people, and art is an expression of those people and the medical challenges they face. By looking through a different lens, we hope that this art competition will connect the expression of art with Arkana’s passion for teaching.


There are three categories for the Art of Medicine competition. Any entry must be related to renal pathology. No cancerous renal material, oncopathology, or oncology, will be considered, including malignant tumors or diseases.


Diagnostic Images

Entry must contain a diagnostic image of a pathologic renal entity. Any diagnostic image using any renal stain may be allowed including immunofluorescence assays.


Paintings and Illustrations

Materials such as watercolors, acrylic paint, chalk, pencil/pen, or any other material used to create a painting or illustration may be used. Digital illustrations are also allowed. The painting or illustration must resemble kidney pathology in some way.


Mixed Mediums

Materials used to create mixed media art may include, but are not limited to, cloth, paper, wood, and other materials. Assemblages, collages, and sculptures are common examples. Any medium is allowed.



Our judges will review each entry to the competition. There is no specific criteria for determining a winner. Our judges will use their knowledge of renal pathology and their own criteria as a base for their top selections. Below are our judges!


Entry and Submission:

The competition will open on Thursday, September 1st, 2022. All entries must be received by Arkana Laboratories no later than 11:59 PM on November 13th, 2022. Winners will be announced on December 1st, 2022.

Submit an image of your diagnostic photomicrograph, painting/illustration, or mixed material object through the online submission form. Be sure to include your first name, last name, email address, the category of entry, and a photo. There are no fees to enter.


Submit Your Entry



Below are the following prizes for each winner (one winner per category).

  1.  Promotion of artwork on the Renal Pathology Society Redbubble store 
  2. “Anatomy in Black” Book
  3.  Arkana swag 
  4.  $500 Visa Gift Card
  5.  A plaque recognizing the winner


The prize winners will be notified by e-mail and the prize winners’ names will be announced on social media with the winners’ acceptance of the prize.



Read the official Rules and Regulations

Quick note: This post is to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical or health advice. Each person should consult their own doctor with respect to matters referenced. Arkana Laboratories assumes no liability for actions taken in reliance upon the information contained herein.