Artist living with ALS debuts new exhibit of works created using her feet

The UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program is showcasing original works of art by Sandra Murphy-Pak, an artist living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Murphy-Pak paintings and drawings are an exploration of how an artist can continue to work without the use of her hands.

In recognition of ALS Awareness Month, Murphy-Pak’s new exhibit, “Footwork,” will be on display through June 17 at the Marshall M. and Paula P. Criser Cancer Resource Center at the UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an artist reception to be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday.

Murphy-Pak, who earned a bachelor’s degree in painting from the Atlanta College of Art and a master’s in arts education from the University of Florida, has volunteered and worked with Arts in Medicine for more than a decade, creating community-driven projects locally and in Africa. She has worked as Visual Artist in Residence at UF Health Shands Hospital. Now, using her feet, she strives to create works of art that reflect her inner universe.

For more information about her process and work, please visit

Photo credit information is embedded in the IPTC/Metadata of the attached images. The photographer is Mindy Miller/University of Florida.

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