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Lots of exhibits closing this week – don’t miss out! Also, an artist and an astronomer take data from the Hubble and turn it into an art installation at the AMNH; two new competitions to consider entering; and an evening with DJ Spooky at a science art exhibit in NY. The deets:

SCIART LECTURES/EVENTS

AMNH Art Installation

AMNH Art Installation

**NEW** American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY): Nov. 14 – Nov. 27, 2011, 5pm-11pm, daily | Hubble’s Heartbeat On Hayden Sphere | Bright green waves of laser light will ripple across the Hayden Sphere beginning on Monday, November 14, to illustrate how the Hubble Space Telescope analyzes stars, galaxies, and other celestial objects in the universe. Artist Tim Otto Roth and astronomer Bob Fosbury based their art installation on data captured by Hubble’s spectrometers. The light show is timed to coincide with the opening of the exhibition Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration, which opens on Saturday, November 19.

**TONIGHT** Underline Gallery (New York, NY): Thursday Nov. 17, 4-8pm | Antarctica Pop-Up Shop | Artists DJ Spooky and Jeffrey Ambroziak have partnered to create a limited-edition 3D print of Antarctica. In collaboration with Ambroziak’s exhibit titled Infinite Perspectives: Places I’ll Remember, DJ Spooky and the Telos Ensemble will be playing at the Underline Gallery from 4pm-8pm. Pre-production prints of their joint work and 3D maps will be available at a special price. RSVP to info@underlinegallery.com.

SCIART EXHIBITS

**LAST CHANCE** International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago, IL): Sept. 9 – Nov. 18, 2011 | Anatomy in the Gallery: “Joint Work” and “Visceralab” | The International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS) is pleased to present Joint Work, an exhibition of sculptures by Julia Klein, and Visceralab, an installation by Alison Petty Ragguette, from September 9 through November 18, 2011. These exhibitions, the latest in the Museum’s ongoing “Anatomy in the Gallery” program, constitute studies in biomaterials and biomechanics—experiments in the fabrication of synthetic bodily systems.

**LAST CHANCE** Underline Gallery (New York, NY): Oct. 15 – Nov. 20, 2011 | INFINITE PERSPECTIVES: Places I’ll Remember | In partnership with Science House LLC, Underline Gallery presents an exhibition of three-dimensional topographic maps designed by renowned cartographer Jeffrey Ambroziak. Ambroziak has developed a revolutionary technique that yields true three-dimensional maps in spectacular detail – from the mountains of Yosemite to the canyons of Mars. Also included in the show will be high-resolution renderings of historical images, including an 1863 3D rendered map of San Francisco juxtaposed against a 3D map of modern San Francisco derived from aerial photography.

**LAST CHANCE** Artway Invitational Gallery (Brampton, ON): Oct. 13 – Nov. 16, 2011 | Artistic by Nature | An exhibit of work by Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators featuring Kathryn Chorney, Emily S. Damstra, Trish Murphy, and Jennifer Osborn.

**LAST CHANCE** James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN): Aug. 29 – Nov. 18, 2011 | Classified! Naturalists on the Voyages of Discovery | Swedish Botanist Carl Linneaus is considered the father of modern taxonomy. Seventeen of his most promising students became known as his Apostles; he sent them out into the world to collect and organize new plants, animals, and minerals according to his own classification system. This exhibition features work by Linneaus, himself, some of his apostles, as well as that of others intent on drawing European attention to the natural world. In addition to material from the Bell Library collection, it includes items from the Andersen Horticulture Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Bell Museum of Natural History and the U of M’s Insect Collection, and the Hagströmer Library in Sweden.

**NEW** American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY): Nov. 19 – Aug. 12, 2012 | Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration | Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration, a new exhibition that offers a vision of the future of space travel as it boldly examines humanity’s next steps in our solar system and beyond. The exhibition features a re-creation of a lunar habitat, a model of a space elevator rising up from the surface of the Moon, one of the world’s largest color holograms depicting 1,000 exoplanets, and engaging, immersive simulations. The exhibition celebrates the pioneering accomplishments of both manned and unmanned space missions and considers the critical partnership of robotic spacecraft and astronauts as humanity journeys farther beyond Earth.

Sweet Barrier Reef by Ken and Julie Yonetani: Sugar, Icing Sugar, and Polystyrene Foam.

**LAST CHANCE** GV Art Gallery 49 Chiltern Street (Marylebone, London): Oct. 7 – Nov. 22, 2011 | Sense of Taste: Works by Ken and Julia Yonetani | The saline destruction of the Murray Darling basin in Australia and the bleaching of coral reefs as a result of sugarcane harvesting have inspired these compellingly beautiful artworks cast in salt and sugar, inspired by Dutch still lives. They allude to the emerging issue of the destruction of many of the world’s agricultural ‘food bowls’ through over consumption. Sweet Barrier Reef , cast in sugar, was last shown at the Venice Biennale 2009. Still Life – the works in salt – have never been seen outside Australia before. The London based, art-science gallery GV Art have brought these salt and sugar-cast works to London for their ‘Sense of Taste’ show opening 7 October 2011. A video of the exhibition can be seen here.

**LAST CHANCE** GNSI-New England Chapter Annual Exhibit Denison Pequotseps Nature Center (Mystic, CT): Oct. 8 – Nov. 20, 2011 | From Observation to Illustration | The GNSI-NE Annual Exhibit is entitled “From Observation to Illustration” since it involves accurate depictions of natural themes. It highlights a range of styles, techniques and subjects in the natural science field. Demonstrations of drawing insects through a microscope, watercolor and graphite will be shown during the reception. Portfolios and sketchbooks will also be on display.

Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, Sant Ocean Hall Focus Gallery (Washington, DC): Sept. 3, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012 | The Bright Beneath: The Luminous Art of Shih Chieh Huang | Artist Shih Chieh Huang spent a good part of 2007 exploring specimens of deep-ocean animals found in the collections of the National Museum of Natural History. He was a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow and was investigating the unusual evolutionary adaptations that allow these creatures to live in environments unthinkable to humans. One adaptation, called bioluminescence, inspired Huang to create haunting installations that will be suspended in the Sant Ocean Hall Focus Gallery in a temporary exhibition.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Ebling Library for the Health Sciences (Madison, WI): Sept. 16, 2011-Jan. 31, 2012 | Beyond the Edge of the Sea. Illustrations by preeminent deep sea watercolorist/illustrator, Karen Jacobsen | This traveling exhibit from The College of William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art features the magnificent watercolors of expeditionary illustrator Karen Jacobsen. Jacobsen had multiple voyages in the Alvin submersible, with oceanographer Cindy Lee Van Dover at the helm, exploring the deep ocean and rendering these wonderful works of art. Reception on Nov. 11 will feature Jacobsen and Van Dover talking about their joint project.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History (Atlanta, GA): Sept. 24, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012 | Darwin: Selections | In celebration of Darwin, Fernbank Museum has partnered with local artists and scientists to present a collection of illustrations, paintings and drawings that reveal the relationship between science and art. These eight Atlanta- and Athens-based artists, typically employed to create teachable science through literal imagery, reveal the evolution of art from science in this inspiring exhibition that recognizes the beauty of the natural world.

SCIART CONFERENCES

ScienceOnline2012 | January 19-21, 2012 | North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) | The science art track is looking good!

**NEW** The British Science Association’s Science Communication Conference 2012 | May 14-15, 2012 | Kings Place, London, UK | Now accepting proposals for sessions

SCIART DEADLINES

$5000 Information is Beautiful Challenge: MON€Y PANIC$! | Deadline for submission: December 5, 2011; 6pm GMT / 1pm EDT

**NEW** EUZOOS-XXI International Biological Art Contest | Deadline for submission: December 15, 2011

SHAMELESS PLUGS
Check out the piece Glendon did to accompany Jason Goldman’s Halloween post on The Thoughtful Animal: Real Life Werewolves? Dog Bites and Full Moons.

Also, the University of Chicago did a nice feature on me and my paleoartist colleagues, Carol Abraczinskas and Tyler Keillor: Artists help push science forward

Finally, the holidays are around the corner and as such, Glendon is debuting a line of iPhone 4 covers with his art on them. Way cool. He’s also offering 2012 calendars with his science-themed art. Geek out and support a great artist at the same time!

Every week or so, we post interesting exhibits, lectures, and other science-art related news we hear about. Know about something we don’t? Shoot us an email at symbiartic.km-at-gmail-dot-com and we’ll post all relevant events. This information is also available on a public Google calendar. Under “other calendars” click on “add a friend’s calendar” and search for symbiartic.km-at-gmail-dot-com.

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at www.kalliopimonoyios.com. Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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