Gallery 190

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Gallery 190, sponsored by the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC), is located in the Sandler Neurosciences Building on the Mission Bay Campus of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

The MAC was founded in 1998 by Dr. Bruce Miller, director of the Center and the A.W. & Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor in Neurology. The multidisciplinary team is made up of neurologists, neuropsychologists, neuroscientists, speech pathologists, genetic counselors, nurses, pharmacologists, social workers, research coordinators, technologists and administrators. The mission of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center is to provide the highest quality of care for individuals with cognitive problems, to conduct research on the causes and cures for degenerative brain diseases, and to educate health professionals, patients and their families, and the public.

From the study of individuals with dementia and autism, degeneration of certain areas of the brain is thought to release previously dormant cognitive abilities in other areas of the brain with amazing results. The Memory and Aging Center has met individuals who never created art before becoming ill and are now making wonderful, intriguing artwork in the face of their illness. There have been reports of individuals diagnosed with semantic dementia, a subtype of frontotemporal dementia, who developed new artistic skills in the setting of their illness. There are reports of people creating music and poetry as well.

When the MAC moved to the UCSF Mission Bay Campus in 2012, we immediately imagined art hanging in the beautiful reception area of Suite 190. Our inaugural art show opened in late 2012 with an exhibition of the watercolors of William Yokoyama. This was followed by Merryl Berner Cicourel (wall sculptures and paintings), Elizabeth Jameson (etchings) and Joseph Rokovich (photography). Deborah Aschheim, Hellman Visiting Artist from 2009–2011, has four prints and the A.W. Clausen Memorial on permanent display within the gallery.

Gallery 190 exhibits are typically on display for three to six months. Depending on the number of pieces to be displayed, there are additional walls within the suite that are within the proximity of Gallery 190 that may be available for an exhibit.

For information and to view the gallery space please contact Leslie M. Goss, Assistant to Bruce Miller, MD, at 415-476-5591 or Please click here to download a map of the gallery area.

Mystical Colors by Sofia Carmi runs through March 31, 2017 with an artist reception on Thursday, February 23 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Gallery hours are from 9–5 p.m. on weekdays.