Header image artwork by Pete Goldlust

April 13 – May 27, 2017

MICROBIOMES: TO SEE THE UNSEEN,” 
is an exhibit inspired by microbiology research and research methods.
 

The Arts Center shows artwork created through an art+science collaboration between OSU’s Department of Microbiology and The Arts Center.

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Researchers in OSU’s Department of Microbiology study microbial systems that affect human health, biodiversity of animal species, and quality of air, earth and water. Scientific research such as this holds keys to our future, but understanding it is difficult for many people. This exhibition invites visitors, artists and researchers to take a fresh look at 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 arts, science and technology collaboration at The Arts Center have been proven beneficial for artists, scientists and interested lay 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 and her work is represented in the show. Students from her programs will share information about their research projects with during the CAW on Thursday May 18, 4 – 8 PM, with an added interactive presentation sponsored by da Vinci Days at 6 PM. 

Artwork in the MICROBIOMES: TO SEE THE UNSEEN exhibit 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. The featured artwork addresses a range of possible connections between art and microbiology research; wherever we could presenting an image of the artists’ source of inspiration.

Local artists participating are Jerri Bartholomew, Michael Boonstra, Kate McGee, Chi Meredith, Amanda Salov, Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton, Debby Sundbaum-Sommers, Leslie Tejada, Wendy Yoder Holub, and from Rural Alchemy Workshop Karin Bolander and Emily Stone, Bets Cole, Diane English, Pete Goldlust and Mike E. Walsh; Andries Fourie, Susan Circone, Eileen Nolan Kressel; Philip Benn, Meaghan Gates, Kristin LeVier, Linda Reichenbach, Johanna Rotko and Katherine Schwarting. Preview Included ARTWORKS  >>

About the Artwork: Artists learned about microbiology research being done at OSU and had opportunities to work in the lab with graduate student researchers. Artwork created for the show addresses a range of connections between art and microbiology. The exhibition features both invited artists and juried artists. Their work represents media such as glass, video, polymer and natural clay, photography, printmaking and painting. Two works are entirely participatory, either at The Arts Center or at a farm in Philomath. To register for the Rural Alchemy Workshop in Philomat contact hester@theartscenter.net.

A full color catalog with essays, poetry and images and statements from each artist is accompanying the exhibit. The central issue in the catalog deals with the connection between art and science, and the development of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) to STEAM (added art). The catalog was made possible with support from the Oregon Cultural Trust and OSU College of Science.  

More art+science:

Art + Science Project Blog

SPARK: Arts & Science @OSU

OSU Department of Microbiology

Complex Communities: an interactive artwork 

Calendar:

  • April 13 – May 27, 2017 – Exhibition dates
  • April 20 – Reception and CAW | Thursday, 4 – 8 pm
  • April 27 – Brown Bag Art Talk | Thursday, 12:15  – 1:15 pm
  • May 13 – 2nd Saturday Family Art Day | 1 – 4 pm
  • May 18 – May CAW | daVinci Days in May Lecture | Thursday, 4 – 8 pm
    • Graduate students with science stations
    • Rebekah Perry | Leonardo daVinci: The Artist & The Scientist
    • Food & Beverages cultured with scientific principles
  • May 21 – Poetry, Music and Performance | Sunday, 3 – 5 pm
  • WELCOME TO THE SECRETOME Workshop | Saturday, April 29, 10 – 12 pm 
  • May 30, 2017 – Artists pick up work

WELCOME TO THE SECRETOME 
Saturday, April 29, 10 – 12 pm, a two-hour, site-specific workshop will feature performances by Domestic/Wildartists Emily Stone and Karin Bolender. The artists will lead participants into a collective experiment:

“Together and in our own special ways, we will explore and map traces of invisible lives through moving bodies (seen and unseen) and flowing muds, grasses, and rhizomes of a R.A.W. pasture, each seeking what we need and desire by following a mysterious “treasure map” drawn by microscopic Bacillus, cultured on site from the tongue of Aliass (wise and lovely grand-dam of the R.A.W. ass herd)”.

After this adventure, we will gather to share a Feast of the Muzzle Tongue, where we will eat, drink, and make merry symbioses with various bacterial companions, making spaces for more inclusive multispecies stories with some of our newest, and oldest, friends. Carpools to and from Philomath will be arranged for workshop participants prior to the event.    FMI and to register 

Sunday May 21, 3 – 4 pm, The Arts Center presents an afternoon of art + science with Dr. Jerri Bartholomew, Charles Goodrich of the Spring Creek Project and Dana Reason, instructor of Popular Music Studies at Oregon State University in the School of Arts & Communication. Goodrich and poets will read poems presented in the catalog, while pianist, composer and improvisor Dana Reason and students perform newly created music. The Arts Center presents an afternoon of art + science with Dr. Jerri Bartholomew, Charles Goodrich of the Spring Creek Project and Dana Reason, instructor of Popular Music Studies at Oregon State University in the School of Arts & Communication. Goodrich and poets will read poems presented in the catalog, while pianist, composer and improvisor Dana Reason and students perform newly created music. 

 OUR THANKS to Spring Creek Project, and to the following, for their support of this art+science collaboration:

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