Bonnie Pitman

Distinguished Scholar in Residence

Bonnie Pitman joined The University of Dallas at Texas as Distinguished Scholar in Residence in 2012 to research and develop partnerships between UTD and cultural and health-related institutions. She serves in the Office of the Provost, and The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, The Center for BrainHealth and the School of Art and Technology. The former Director of The Dallas Museum of Art, she is a national leader in the public engagement of art.

Pitman’s work with The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History focuses on ways museums use their collections in developing close observation of works of art to enhance the diagnostic skills needed for medical practice. In 2016, she organized a national convening of Art Museums and Medical Schools at The Museum of Modern Art, NYC and launched a website with resources for the art and medical fields. She teaches a course titled “The Art of Examination” using the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art for UT Southwestern Medical School students. Published articles in the New York Times , San Antonio Medicine, and Dallas Morning News, highlight her work.

As Director of Art - Brain Innovations at the UT Center for BrainHealth, Pitman expands her research and teaching of the art of observation, meditation, and compassion. The Power of Observation initiative connects neurological research with the experience and process of seeing, looking and observing. Through her daily practice to “Do Something New”, she invites the exploration and celebration of making an ordinary day extraordinary while dealing with chronic illness.

Pitman has published six books including Excellence and Equity: Education and Public Dimension of Museums, Ignite the Power of Art: Advancing Visitor Engagement in Museum, and Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection.