This Call to Artists is for multi-media artwork created for an art+science collaboration between OSU’s Department of Microbiology and The Arts Center (Corvallis).  The show is scheduled for spring of 2017.

Scientific research holds keys to our future, but understanding it can be difficult. Researchers in OSU’s Department of Microbiology study microbial systems that affect human health, biodiversity of animal species, and air, earth and water quality. This exhibition asks both artists and researchers how to “See the Unseen?” Microbiology tries to measure, visualize and understand complex microscopic systems in the same way artists seek understanding of life’s many questions. Past collaborations on arts, science and technology at The Arts Center have been proven to be beneficial for artists, scientists and inquisitive people alike.

Lead scholar for the project is Dr. Jerri Bartholomew, Professor, Department Head, Emile F. Pernot Distinguished Professor of the Department of Microbiology of Oregon State University. Dr. Bartholomew is also an accomplished artist working in glass.

LEARN MORE about Microbiome Research: OSU College of Microbiology Website

This Call seeks artwork submissions that makes connections between the science of microbiology, and how microorganisms are at the foundation of life.  Microbiologists often find beauty and patterns with the microbes with which they work, but representational artwork is not required. Chosen artworks will address a range of possible connections between art and microbiology research. Artists could use the imagery of research results, pure data, microbes themselves, and/or research methods and the research lab experience as a starting point that determines the visual outcome of their art.

The exhibition will feature both invited artists and juried artists. This Call is open to all media, both two and three dimensional, and in digital media formats. Artwork juried into show must be available for show dates (substitutions will not be accepted).

Written Word Submissions Juried by Spring Creek Project FMI: HERE >>

Check out this blog by for insights on the process and activities. 

The Jurors: 

  • Lee Ann Garrison, Director of the School of Art and Communication at Oregon State University
  • Ryan Mueller, an Assistant Professor Microbiology at Oregon State University
  • Roger Hull, Professor Emeritus in Art History and Senior Faculty Curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University.

Once selected for the show, participating artists are asked to submit one or two digital images of their original starting point to clarify the connections they make with their artwork. These images will be represented at the exhibition to assist in the understanding of gallery visitors. 

A catalog will be produced for this show in which all participating artists will be represented. The catalogue will have science and art essays, artist statements with images and creative writing, prose and/or poetry.

DEADLINE: December 1, 2016 – Statements and images for the catalog.

  • 500 character count statement, including spaces/punctuation, exact count TBA
  • Artwork image must be 300dpi. (For a 4×6 image: 1200×1800 pixels; for a 5×7 image, 1500×2100 pixels)

Thanks to support for the catalog from the Oregon Cultural Trust and OSU College of Science.

Contact Curator, Hester Coucke if you need contact info for professional photographers.

The calendar schedules for time for artists to create artwork between the publication of this Call and the Deadline.  This is a Call for Proposals, not Qualifications; the work submitted and selected cannot be exchanged.


December 1, 2016                Deadline ( Submission is on line)       

December 14, 2016              Selected artists notified

January 5                                     Deadline for high resolution image and statement for catalog

April 10, 2017                         Works shipped/mailed received

April 13 – May 27, 2017            Exhibition dates

April 20                                        Reception, Thursday 4 – 8 pm

April 20                                        Corvallis Art Walk

April 27                                        Brown Bag Art Talk, 12 noon- 1 pm

TBA                                              Related events: science lecture, poetry, music

May 30, 2017                              Artists pick up work

Check out the SPARK webpage that includes the Microbiome workshops, a link to see photos from both of the workshops held so far and a list of references.  

The following form must include complete information about your artwork.

  • Fill out the following online application form, and upload you images.
  • Make sure that the images you submit reference the titles submitted in the form. Please note the instructions for submitting the images:
  • Artist name
  • Contact information
  • Title
  • Medium
  • Size of artwork
  • Short statement, 500 characters maximum
  • Upon submission you will get a confirmation message. If you do not get the message, send a confirming email to Curator, Hester Coucke,