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.

The exhibition features both invited artists and juried artists.

Check out the Microbiome’s Blog 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.


  • April 13 – May 27, 2017 – Exhibition dates
  • April 20 – Reception, Thursday 4 – 8 pm
  • April 20 – Corvallis Arts Walk
  • April 27 – Brown Bag Art Talk, 12 noon- 1 pm
  • May 18 – Corvallis Arts Walk and daVinci Days in May Arts Lecture
  • 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.


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