The Art of the Brain—Stunning Photographs, Paintings, Illustrations, and Videos from our Scientists Celebrating the Beauty Of the Brain

  • An artistic and educational exhibit of brain images created by our scientists.

  • Step inside our virtual museum and take a tour. Vote for your favorite image!

  • Special winning image will be highlighted on the cover of Biological Psychiatry.

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The Art of the Brain competition was fierce this year, drawing 72 submissions from 10 departments within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for what has become a popular venue, now in its tenth year, held during Brain Awareness Week in March, each providing unique insights into how the scientist—and the brain—work. Fundamentally, the artwork reveals how scientists, through the use of the latest technological advances, are pushing to accelerate the development of new treatments for brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, autism, drug addiction, schizophrenia, and Parkinson’s disease, among many others.

Enter the Art of the Brain exhibition, and start your guided tour here.

Those interested in making a donation to The Friedman Brain Institute Diversity in Neuroscience initiative, #DiverseBrains, by the purchase of Art of the Brain images, can email Veronica Szarejko, the curator of the exhibit, at for more information.

The Lancet Neurology recently devoted a column to the exhibition and highlighted several Mount Sinai researchers/artists, providing scientific perspective and an overall review of the project.

In addition to the placement of a favorite image on the cover of Biological Psychiatry, which will be chosen by a team led by Editor John H. Krystal, MD, Mount Sinai postdocs and students will select three top images. The public can vote for their favorites on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. All awards and prizes will be announced at the 13th Annual Neuroscience Retreat hosted by The Friedman Brain Institute on Friday, April 30.

The Art of the Brain, typically held in an East Harlem, New York, art gallery (and onsite on the Icahn Mount Sinai campus) pivoted this year to a virtual venue, as did all Brain Awareness Week events. (See separate story). The Friedman Brain Institute annually joins the Dana Foundation’s global efforts to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research by hosting Brain Awareness Week for schoolchildren and adults in the East Harlem community.

The Art of the Brain is generously supported by Neuriva.