Justus Harris, holding Diabetes Data Sculptures of several months of his Type 1 diabetes blood glucose records. 

NEWS Justus Harris has been selected for the 2018-2019 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition

The Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition is an award that highlights Citizen Artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities and who live up to the ideals of service, justice, freedom, courage, and gratitude that are inspired by President Kennedy’s legacy. This recognition will include mentorship and strategic support by the Kennedy Center and its partners, culminating in his presenting at the 2019 Kennedy Center Arts Summit.

Justus will attend and be officially introduced by the Kennedy Center as a Citizen Artist Fellow during the 2018 Kennedy Center Arts Summit – “The Future States of America: Using the Arts to Take Us Where We Want to Go” – April 16, held in Washington, D.C.


Justus Harris is a patient, artist, and educator based in Chicago.  At age 14 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, combined his artistic training, patient experiences, and educational skills to found MedSculp in 2016. MedSculp creates art based patient-education tools for people with diabetes that translate personal medical data from charts and graphs into 3D-printed objects and 2D designs that can be intuitively understood. This ability is critical to those with chronic conditions like diabetes. Justus’ work embodies the Maker and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) education movements applied to the experience of living with chronic illness. He was the first Maker-in-Residence at the Chicago Public Library Maker Lab and has exhibited his work at events by leading art and medical institutions.

Featured Institutions


American Diabetes Association (ADA) partnership to create art work accessible to 6,000+ expected attendees at the ADA Health and Wellness EXPO Chicago

April 14th, 10am-3pm FREE & Open to the public 

McCormick Place, West Building Hall F2, 2301 S. King Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616

Artist in Residence at the International Museum of Surgical Science

Solo Exhibition Aug-Nov 2018

Kennedy Center Speaker for VSA Emerging Young Artist cohort - Electrify Exhibition October 2017

Resident at mHUB Chicago's premier prototyping innovation center

Winter 2017 - Spring 2018

Video feature by SAIC as Make/Work creative venture winner

Winner of Make/Work creative venture challenge

School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2017

Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy (CDT) article (Author)

September 2017

Fountains Featured in SciArt Magazine,  August 2017

SciArt Magazine Article by Jennifer Roche

Interview with collaborator Eric Dolores for European Commission exhibition, 'Adaptation' July 2017

Winner of Adaptation Competition (Environment + Data Category), Exhibit opens July 2017, Berlin, Germany. (more to come)

Maker in Residence at The Chicago Harold Washington Public Library Nov 2016 - Jan 2017 

Authored Guest Post for DiabetesMine.com, featuring with an intro to my new blog translatediabetes.com and my interview with Toni Gentilli.

CHI 2016 Healthcare DIY, San Jose, invited workshop participant, shared digital and tangible health data visualizations. 

New Video Documenting Diabetes Data Sculptures by Dusan Aleksandar 

Diabetes Youth Family organization art & technology event leader for family camp's children and parents centered around diabetes data visualization and creative understanding of health. Livermore, CA

Sensorium, featured Diabetes Data Sculptures in group exhibition, Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA

Livongo Health Presentation on Diabetes Data Sculptures Invited expert in diabetes technology for Livongo Health employee education lecture series, Mountain View, CA

Coverage from D-Data ExChange at Stanford

Interview on Diabetes Data Sculptures with Amy T for DiabetesMine

DiabetesMine D-Data ExChange I shared my newest Diabetes Data Sculptures and demoed my work as part of this amazing event bringing leaders in diabetes innovation together. 

Medscape Article on Health Data Sculptures by Dr. Aaron Neinstein,  Associate Medical Director of Health IT at NorthShore University HealthSystem. He was on the founding team of Tidepool, working to make health information easier to access and understand. 

Publication of Performance Art and Digital Communication: Exercises in Empathy. Essay from my Theorizing the Web, NYC 2014 presentation for the Berglund Center for Internet Studies edited by Nathan Jurgenson and Jenny Davis.

Forthcoming publication of The Artificial Pancreas Patient Perspective - patient co-author with Dr. Elizabeth Littlejohn, researcher and pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Diabetes Data Sculpture exhibited in Group Show (Sep 12th-Nov 1st), The Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA.


Talking Books Diabetes Data Sculpture presentation, Motorola Maker Lab, Harold Washington Chicago Public Library.

Participation in Hanna Hurtzig's Copy Cat Academy at the Luminato Festival, Toronto, CA

Residency at Elsewhere Museum, NC.

For a full list of previous work please refer to CV.