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The SciArt Buzz: SciArt Happenings in March/April 2013


Oh, my. The more I look, the more I find. Get your sciart on, peeps!




Pulse: Art and Medicine

February 16 to April 13, 2013

The Mansion at Strathmore

10701 Rockville Pike

North Bethesda, MD

Imagine the place where art, science and the human body intersect: that’s the idea behind Pulse: Art and Medicine, the fascinating exhibit that presents a multimedia investigation of medicine as an inspiration for new artworks and art forms.

Germs as art? Well, that’s part of it. According to Strathmore Fine Art curator Harriet Lesser, “From before DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man, areas of medicine have influenced aesthetic perceptions. This show, from Luke Jerram’s blown glass bacteria to Bruce Peebles’ wooden double helix installation to Satre Stuelke’s X-Ray scans of common objects, Pulse presents an ever-expanding scope of how something so essential to our daily lives can also be a source of artistic inspiration.”


China Blue

CHINA BLUE: Photinus Biomimeticus

January 31 to March 16, 2013

AC Institute

547 W. 27th St., 2nd Floor

New York, NY

China Blue is an artist who captures the tenor of our times by transforming common electronic waste into biomimetic artwork with an environmental focus that also sings. In Firefly Tree, one of her works shown at AC Institute, she translates the firefly’s rhythmic signaling pattern into sound (the Firefly Chorus) and light (blinking LEDs). Today fireflies are threatened due to habitat encroachment and light pollution, making memories of fireflies more precious as the illumination of the cities and towns overwhelm their delicate mating light show.



ART OF SCIENCE: Princeton University Photo Exhibit

through March 17, 2013

Liberty Science Center

Liberty State Park

222 Jersey City Blvd

Jersey City, NJ

Amazing science and technology investigations are underway at Princeton University and they have the images to prove it! Don’t miss the “Art of Science,” an exhibition of the top 45 photographs from the University’s annual competition of the same name. Selected by one of the great photographers of our time, retired Princeton professor Emmet Gowin; with Joel Smith, curator of photography at the Princeton University Art Museum, these amazing pictures offer glimpses into often invisible worlds, illuminating fascinating phenomena and processes.



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.




Art from the Republic of Science: Creative Works from the Texas Academy of Science

February 28 to March 1, 2013

Schreiner University

Callioux Campus Activity Center 2nd floor

2100 Memorial Drive

Kerrville, TX

This exhibition will feature science-related artworks in an effort to promote the use of the creative arts in science communication, increase artistic and scientific innovations via interdisciplinary collaborations and to support the creative endeavors of Texas scientists. Art from the Republic of Science will showcase a diverse range of creative works that combine art and the natural sciences through content, purpose, craft or materials. Works include ceramics, photography, printmaking, textiles, folk art, drawing, painting and mixed media.




Bioimaging: Domains and Dimensions: Healing through Art and Science: Cancer

February 22 to March 31, 2013

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Biochemistry Addition,

433 Babcock Dr.

Madison, WI

An exhibit focusing on cancer recovery through the lens of art and science in the Biochemistry Department of the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus.



Dissecting Art, Intersecting Anatomy: Merging Contemporary Art with the Works of Pauline Lariviere

March 9 to 16, 2013

S3 Gallery

1907 N. Mendell, #4-H

Chicago, IL

Dissecting Art, Intersecting Anatomy is an homage to the medical illustration of Pauline Lariviere. Lariviere's distinctive style came from her use of abstraction and pairing of modern art concerns into a scientific field. See how present-day artists are inspired to create original pieces alongside Lariviere's works.



THE ANATOMY OF AN IDEA: An Invitational Exhibition

January 12 to April 21, 2013

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art

1801 W. Saint Andrews Rd.

Midland, MI

Accomplished artists display diverse directions in the depiction of human anatomy. Featured artists include Eugene Clark of Detroit, Tricia Kleinot of New York, and Armin Mersmann and B. B. Winslow of Midland.



AZ ForestsRestoring Arizona’s Forests Gallery

through May 15, 2013

Restoring Arizona's Forests Gallery

7056 East Main St., Suite 2

Scottsdale, AZ

This new art gallery sponsored by the Nature Conservancy illuminates the story of Arizona’s forests — 4 million acres overgrown and prone to intense, damaging fires — and the efforts made to restore them to health. The exhibit also explores the important role of Arizona forests in the Phoenix watershed and explains the collaborative Four Forest Restoration Initiative, the largest forest thinning project ever with 300,000 acres treated over the next 10 years. Small diameter trees similar to the ones being thinned are even part of the gallery’s design, with dividing walls constructed from oriented strand board.


FreeEnterpriseFREE ENTERPRISE: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration

January 19 to May 18, 2013


3824 Main Street

Riverside, CA

Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration is the first contemporary art exhibition in the U.S. to present an international array of artists and organizations who are exploring the potential democratization of space exploration and the intersection between artistic production and civilian space travel. The possibility of fulfilling the human dream to fly into space has been encouraged by a major political and cultural shift away from state-sponsored space activities—which are controlled by agencies such as NASA in the USA, JAXA in Japan and RKA in Russia—towards a private enterprise model.




Luke Jerram: Revealing the Invisible

February 2 to April 13, 2013

National Centre for Craft & Design

Navigation Wharf

Carre Street, Sleaford

Lincolnshire, UK

This exhibition includes works from three major series: Radiometer Chandeliers, Glass Microbiology and Rotated Data Sculptures. By capturing phenomena beyond the reach of the human eye and making them material, Jerram draws our attention to a vast array of scientific research and data gathering and questions, if and how does this knowledge serve 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.



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