This week's scoop, pluuuuuuus a holiday gift guide for the sciart fans in your life:
**NEW** The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (online & Philadelphia, PA) | Audubon Bird of the Day | Every Weekday at 3:15 pm, visitors can come into the Library to watch the daily page turning of John James Audubon's masterwork The Birds of America. Published from 1827–1838, this monumental work is arguably the most influential book on birds ever created. A prized holding in the Academy Library's extensive rare books collection, this Double Elephant Folio Edition contains 435 life-sized hand-colored engravings bound into five volumes. Less than half of the 200 original sets survive. This is one of them. Scans of the plates can also be seen on the Academy's blog.
Donate to Palaces | Here's a unique opportunity: Gina Czarnecki, a UK-based artist, is teaming up with the Tooth Fairy to create a palace of teeth. She's requesting donations from the public to make this artwork happen. In her words: "The Palace will grow over time like a cluster of stalagmites or coral, to form a fantastical palace-like structure made of thousands of milk teeth."
**NEW** The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA): Dec. 10, 2011 - Feb. 26, 2012 | Beguiled by the Wild: The Art of Charley Harper | Known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters, and book illustrations, American artist Charley Harper (1922–2007) developed a strong love of nature as a child growing up in West Virginia. This fascination is clear in his exhibit, Beguiled by the Wild: The Art of Charley Harper. Through his delightfully graphic and distinctive use of geometric shapes and vivid colors, Harpers work continues to inspire and foster environmental stewardship in people of all ages.
**NEW** The Artists For Conservation International Exhibit (online) | The Art of Conservation | AFC's Annual Exhibit - The Art of Conservation - has become one of the most highly anticipated events among the nature-inspired art genres. This year’s inaugural Virtual Exhibit promises to break new ground in providing global access to some of the best works the nature-inspired art genre has to offer. We would like to thank over a hundred AFC artist members from around the world who have contributed to this Annual AFC Exhibits to support wildlife and habitat conservation.
Artway Invitational Gallery (Liverpool, UK): Dec. 9, 2011 - Feb. 19, 2012 | Gina Czarnecki Retrospective | Ground-breaking new media artist Gina Czarnecki makes films, installations, public art works and sculpture which emphasize human relationships to disease, evolution and genetic research. The exhibition features several film installations including the UK premiere of Contagion, a large-scale, interactive work that explores parallels between biological infection and the spread of information, knowledge, rumour and myth. The exhibit also features Czarnecki’s latest works such as "Wasted," a series of sculptures that explore the use of human tissue in art, the life-giving potential of ‘discarded’ body parts and their relationship to myths and history.
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.
**NEW** GV Art Gallery 49 Chiltern Street (London, UK): Dec. 2, 2011 - Feb. 18, 2012 | Trauma: Group Show | Under the banner of the Art and Science series, this new exhibition at GV Art seeks to expand cross-disciplinary collaboration amongst artist, scientist and community. This exhibition attempts to understand the various manifestations of trauma both natural and man-made; revealing the intimate experience of those who live with trauma while also investigating perceptions of sometimes concealed mental distress. The artists involved in this project employ a diversity of approaches, charting the full dimensions of trauma from the micro-molecular to those on a global environmental scale.
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.
ScienceOnline2012 | January 19-21, 2012 | North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) | The science art track is looking good!
The British Science Association's Science Communication Conference 2012 | May 14-15, 2012 | Kings Place (London, UK) | Now accepting proposals for sessions
**NEW** The European Science Foundation's Conference 2012: Images and Visualization: Imaging Technology, Truth and Trust | Sept. 17-21, 2012 | Scandic Linköping Vast, Sweden
**NEW** ScienceOnline2012 Science Art Call for Entries | Deadline for submission: December 31, 2011
Catalan Association for Science Communication still editing | Deadline for submission: December 24, 2011
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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!
For kids, I recommend Hannah Bonner's two books: When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Roamed the Earth, and When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life Long Before Dinosaurs. If you're looking for a freebie, she recently released a downloadable board game called Evolve or Perish through the Smithsonian (reminiscent of Chutes & Ladders, but with an evolution theme.) Print it out, glue it to a piece of posterboard, and play, play, play!
For the aunt who keeps track of your family tree, I recommend a Genographic Project Sample Kit. See just how far your family tree goes and trace your ancestors' migration out of Africa while providing another data point in this massive worldwide research project. Auntie's mind will be blown.
For the pet-lover, how about the pet they always dreamed of but never thought possible? I will love him and pet him and he will be my fuzzy. Takers?
And for the die-hard Symbiartic fan (that's you, good lookin'), how about supporting these artists we've featured to date (in no particular order):
- Kiva Ford's hand blown glass art: ornaments, anatomical jewelry, klein bottles and miniatures
- Jeffrey Ambroziak's book of 3D images, Infinite Perspectives: Two Thousand Years of Three-Dimensional Mapmaking
- Paper Sculptures by Tiffany Miller
- David McCandless' book of infographics: The Visual Miscellaneum
Every week or two, we post interesting exhibits, lectures, and other science-art related news we hear about. Know about something we don't? Shoot me 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.