New Art Gallery Exhibit: TRANSPLANT

Shirley Zhao

Shirley Zhao
Shirley Zhao is currently an Assistant Librarian (Clinical) at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. She consults and teaches workshops and courses on information/data literacy, data management, and reproducible research practices. She supports evidence retrieval and synthesis, including literature searching, reference management, and protocol development. Shirley also consults on issues in scholarly communication, publishing, and research software/tools. Her interests include data science; reproducibility; open science; research impact; and science communication.

TransplantPosterThe Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is pleased to present a new art gallery exhibit:

strength – life – sacrifice

April 1 – 30, 2016

Leea Dilling is a photography student at BYU Idaho who has just completed her BFA. For her senior project, she wanted to highlight the importance of organ donation. Here is a link to her pictures in book form:

April is National Donate Life Month. For more information please visit

Artist Bio

Six years ago I found myself in a position I never imagined being in; my dad needed a liver transplant and I was his medical decision maker. When a person’s liver begins to fail the toxins in their body build up and can cause them to no longer be lucid. This happened to my Dad and it became my responsibility to decide for him whether or not he would get treatment to sustain his life before and after transplant. The experience my family and I went through changed how we look at organ donation and transplantation. Unfortunately my dad’s life was only prolonged by a few months because of his liver transplant. But those months meant so much to my family and me. Now 6 years later and I find myself re-visiting my experiences through these photographs. Every person who participated in this project went through things that were unimaginable at different ages, including me. I came to realize that organ donation and transplantation can and may have an affect on anyone at anytime in life. It is my hope to reach those who do not fully understand organ donation and to share the stories of a few whose lives will be forever transformed because of it.

My images are a glimpse into the lives of people who have been similarly changed through either being a recipient, a donor, or the family of one of these. Each story is unique and I found solace in each experience that related to mine. Being able to connect with this community of people I had never met, enhanced each image as they willingly shared with me their involvement with organ donation and transplantation. As my project progressed I realized that all of my participants had immense strength and I hoped would show through each image. My photographs represent families and individuals whose lives have been altered by the selfless decision of organ donation.