Art + Medicine: The Colors of Sound 
A Presentation by Christopher & Erin Yuskaitis ​

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to hear color? Or see music in your optical field? This lecture/art talk/facilitated discussion will unite visual art and medicine through a discussion of synesthesia, a neurologic condition that causes the blending of the senses. Particularly focusing on American artists influenced by music and synesthesia, we will explore the aesthetic interpretation of these artists’ auditory experiences. Join husband and wife duo Chris and Erin Yuskaitis, physician-scientist and museum educator respectively, for a truly unique experience that combines art and science in a creative mind meld. 

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Christopher J. Yuskaitis, MD, PhD

Instructor of Neurology

Boston Children’s Hospital

Harvard Medical School


Dr. Yuskaitis is a physician-scientist studying the molecular mechanisms underlying early brain development and epileptogenesis. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in Cognitive Science with emphasis in neuroscience at the University of Virginia. He then received his Doctorate of Medicine and Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham through the NIH supported Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his pediatrics training in the Boston Combined Residency Program followed by child neurology residency and neurogenetics fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Currently, he is an Instructor of Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School focusing on infantile spasms, genetics underlying early brain malformations, and the role of nutrient sensing in early brain development.


Dr. Yuskaitis initially was a music major in college where his interest in the intersection between music and medicine began. He played the oboe in the symphony and bass drum in the drumline at the University of Florida. After transferring to the University of Virginia, he continued active engagement in music playing the oboe and English horn in the Charlottesville Symphony. Together with his wife, a museum educator, he co-founded the inaugural Arts-in-Medicine Lecture co-sponsored by the Griffin Society at UAB and VSA Arts of Alabama. They have led gallery talks at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and lectured to both school and hospital groups on Art + Medicine topics. In addition to lecturing, he has published on the “Neural Mechanisms Underlying Musical Pitch Perception and Clinical Applications including Developmental Dyslexia.”

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Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis, MA, CMS
Co-Director of Education, Old North Historic Site
New England Museum Association

Greater Boston Museum Education Roundtable


Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis is a museum educator and Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) facilitator specializing in visitor learning, program and audience development, and cross-discipline meaning-making in cultural institutions. She received her BA from the University of Virginia in art history and archaeology, her MA from the University of Alabama in American studies, and her Certificate in Museum Studies/Education from Tufts University. Erin is the Co-Director of Education (Programming & Visitor Learning) at Old North Historic Site, a national landmark and cultural destination in Boston, where she oversees site-wide interpretation, exhibitions, and programs. She also serves on the Planning Committee of the Greater Boston Museum Educators Roundtable and assists the New England Museum Association with administrative planning. She consults for a variety of organizations on docent training and presents regionally on audience-centered learning and innovative programming for adults. She lectures and leads gallery talks on Art + Medicine topics with her physician-scientist husband in museums, hospitals, and schools. As an artist, Erin served as an ArtPartner for artists with disabilities, taught at the Magic City Art Connection Imagination Festival in Birmingham, AL, contributed work to several charitable auctions, and exhibited her work at local venues and in community art festivals.

The talk is free, with limited seating

Doors: 6PM / Talk: 6:30PM

April 17, 2019