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The SciArt Buzz: Science art on exhibit in Jan/Feb 2013

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Lots of great science art exhibitions going on in the next few months. Get your sciart on, peeps!

Benoit Mandelbrot
The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot:
Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking

September 21, 2012 to January 27, 2013

The Bard Graduate Center Gallery
18 West 86th Street
New York, NY

DINOTOPIA: Art, Science, and Imagination
September 22, 2012 to February 2, 2013

Lyman Allyn Art Museum
625 Williams Street
New London, Connecticut

DINOTOPIA: Art, Science, and Imagination showcases the original artwork of James Gurney, author and illustrator of the Dinotopia series. The exhibition brings together paintings from Gurney’s well-loved books along with sketches and maquettes from Gurney’s studio. Dinosaur specimens from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, featuring exciting artifacts such as a Deinonychus skull and a Tyrannosaurus tooth, will complement the paintings and illuminate the science behind Gurney’s art. Children, families, steampunk enthusiasts, and dinosaur fans of all ages will agree that this exhibition should not be missed!

Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators 2013 Exhibit
February 2-24, 2013

Richview Public Library Art Gallery, 2nd Floor
1806 Islington Avenue (at Summitcrest Drive)
Toronto, Ontario

Drawn to Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurus foulkii
February 2 to June 9, 2013

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA

The Academy of Natural Sciences was the first in the world to create a mounted dinosaur skeleton for display, and to this day the Academy is known as “the dinosaur museum.” Drawn to Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurus foulkii is an intimate exhibit that reveals the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. The centerpiece is a full cast of the plant-eating duckbill dinosaur Hadrosaurus foulkii, discovered in 1858 in Haddonfield, N.J., by an Academy member and later reconstructed by the artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins based on Academy research.

Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney
February 20 to March 13, 2013

New Hampshire Institute of Art
148 Concord Street
Manchester, NH

From the soothing, restorative environment of Waterfall City to the hidden wonders of Chandara, acclaimed author and illustrator James Gurney’s magical Dinotopian world comes to life in this enchanting exhibition that features 22 original paintings from the best-selling illustrated books Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time (1992), Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995), and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007), and presents fascinating examples of the illustrator’s creative process, including reference materials, and a handmade scale-model.


Anne RunyonWork by Anne Runyon
February 1-24, 2013

The Nature Gallery, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
1 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC


Through January 27, 2013

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
608 New York Avenue
Sheboygan, WI

Levi Fisher Ames (1843-1923) enthralled early 20th-century audiences with a travelling tent-show known as ”The Grand Museum of Art and Natural History, Whittled Out of Wood.” His vast carved menagerie included more than 600 individual creatures contained within wooden shadow boxes, all of which are now in the Arts Center collection. Animals Wild and Tame presents viewers with the largest number of Ames’s carvings simultaneously on view since those tent-show days.

Kevin SloanThe Naturalist’s Notebook; New Paintings by Kevin Sloan
January 18 – February 23, 2013

Ironton Studios and Gallery
3636 Chestnut Place
Denver, CO

In his self-described “allegorical realism” style, Sloan portrays a variety of flora and fauna in theatrical tableaus. Occasionally referencing artists Martin Johnson Heade and Audubon, animals are seen interacting uneasily with items of contemporary life like clocks, power cords, books and antique china. These interactions create a quiet tension and sometimes humor as we witness these odd dramas before us.


March 2-31, 2013

O3 Gallery
Oxford Castle Complex
Oxford, UK

Can brain damage spark creativity? What is the role of memory in art? Is it right to categorise art by the artists’ condition? Affecting Perception showcases the work of a group of nine leading artists affected by neurological states, including stroke, agnosia, migraine and autism, and engages them in conversation about their art with eminent research scientists, including Simon Baron Cohen, Glyn Humpreys, Klaus Podoll, Charles Spence and Semir Zeki. An ambitious and rich exploration of the process of human creativity, hosted by AXNS Collective, funded by Wellcome Trust and the Wates Foundation and supported by Oxford University.

Know of something we haven’t listed here? Send me an email at symbiartic (dot) km (at) gmail (dot) com, or tweet me @eyeforscience with the deets. If it’s scienceart related, it’s fair game.

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 Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

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