/////Early Barry Thomas Painting Donated to Orthopaedic Surgery Department
Early Barry Thomas Painting Donated to Orthopaedic Surgery Department 2018-01-05T09:18:34+00:00

JAN. 19, 2007 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the new home of one of the early paintings of renowned Arkansas artist Barry Thomas , thanks to the generosity of his father, a retired local physician.


Jerry Thomas, M.D., donated the painting titled “An Orthopaedic Collage” to the UAMS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in memory of Carl Nelson, M.D., and Walter Selakovich, M.D. Nelson was chairman of the UAMS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery until his death in 2005. Selakovich, who died in 2004, was a professor of orthopaedics at UAMS.


The painting was unveiled during a ceremony Jan. 16 in the department’s outpatient waiting room. It was painted by Barry Thomas in 1985, shortly after he graduated from the University of Arkansas where he played for the Arkansas Razorbacks from 1981 to 1983 under Coach Lou Holtz. Holtz and Barry’s parents encouraged him to follow his dream to become an artist, and after college he studied at the Art Center College of Design in California.


Two more recent works by Thomas titled “The Green River” and “The Swimming Hole” are part of the permanent art collection at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.


“This painting represents the many aspects of orthopaedics, with the doctor in the center,” Barry Thomas said. Among several scenes, the large acrylic oil painting depicts athletes, children and older adults involved in various physical activities.


Barry Thomas completed the painting as a gift to his father in 1985. It hung in his father’s office waiting room until his retirement in 1997. “As a graduate of UAMS, it seemed appropriate to donate the painting to UAMS in memory of Dr. Nelson and Dr. Selakovich,” Jerry Thomas said. “Dr. Selakovich was an anchor during my residency here, and Dr. Nelson helped this department become one of the finest orthopaedics training institutions in the country.”


Among those recognized at the ceremony were Richard Nicholas, M.D., chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Selakovich’s widow, Kay; and Nelson’s widow, Mindy Morrell.