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Art meets science at APSU exhibition

The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Center of Excellence for Field Biology, both at Austin Peay State University, will co-host a juried exhibition of scientific illustration, Artifacts: The Art and Facts of Science, at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 23 in the atrium of the Sundquist Science Center.

Awards will be presented at 8:30 p.m. The exhibit will continue from Friday, April 24-Friday, May 1 in the Morgan University Center lobby. The events are free and open to the public.
The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Center of Excellence for Field Biology, both at Austin Peay State University, will co-host a juried exhibition of scientific illustration, “Artifacts: The Art and Facts of Science,” at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 23 in the atrium of the Sundquist Science Center.

Awards will be presented at 8:30 p.m. The exhibit will continue from Friday, April 24-Friday, May 1 in the Morgan University Center lobby. The events are free and open to the public.

There will be first-, second- and third-place awards presented by Robert Booker of Plaza Artist Materials. Dr. Don Dailey, chair of the APSU Department of Biology, and Professor Gregg Schlanger, chair of the APSU Department of Art, will jury the exhibit.

The exhibit, sponsored by Plaza Artist Materials in Nashville, will include student works from the APSU Department of Art's Introduction to Scientific Illustration class.

“Science and art were not separate in the Renaissance,” said Christopher Burawa, director of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. “Leonardo da Vinciartist, scientist/inventor was fascinated with anatomy and drew detailed anatomical illustrations of dissected cadavers. Scientists have been illustrating their research since thensome it fantastical and highly creative. So there is a creative side to what we consider objective illustration, no matter how detailed it might seem. The mind processes what it sees.”

Dr. Steven Hamilton, director of the Center for Field Biology, said, “The Center for Field Biology and the biology department are pleased to collaborate with the Center for Creative Arts and the art department on this project. Lacking access to scientific illustrators, many natural historians have been forced to develop their artistic skills to support publication of their research. This project offers a chance for our biology faculty to receive, free of charge, a topnotch product for use in classes or scientific publications. For the students in the Scientific Illustration class, the final project provides them with the opportunity to work with a client, the biologists. Scientific illustration is a perfect example of the intersection of biology and art.”

The course has been a joint effort by the APSU Department of Biology and the APSU Department of Art to teach students techniques through which they can communicate scientific concepts to a specific audience.

For more information, contact Emily Steigler by telephone, (931) 645-6684, or by e-mail, steiglere@apsu.edu. -- Melony Shemberger