Inspired by Science: New exhibition at NCRC celebrates a dialog between science and art

April 01, 2013

NCRC is once again at the forefront of new ideas in collaborations across boundaries with a new art exhibition titled Inspired by Science, starting in March at NCRC. Works of art by University of Michigan School of Art and Design faculty members, as well as Michigan-based and internationally known artists are featured in this exhibition.

Inspired by Science includes Sherri Smith and Michael Rodemer, respected faculty members at the U-M School of Art and Design, and Bradley Smith, the Associate Dean for Creative Work, Research and Graduate Education, and Professor, School of Art and Design. Also included are well-known SE Michigan artists Gary Eleinko, S. Kay Young and Sharon Que.

Although each artist represents a different medium and inspiration, these works are directly connected by the past, present and future of science. Art and science share a long and symbiotic relationship. Art inspired by science celebrates the mysteries of life, the foundations of nature, hard factual views of the universe and our world, as well as predictions for the future. There is beauty and fascination with the how and why of our existence.

The arts and sciences are sometimes described as separate entities, incompatible and conflicting, but in reality they are not so dissimilar. They both require careful observation, dedication and discipline, as well as intuition, inspiration and passion. Albert Einstein once wrote: The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. This is where art and science meet.

In keeping with the spirit of research, the art program at NCRC generates an environment of innovation and inspiration through the display of art and arts programming. Scientists and artists share a common ability - abstract thinking. Developing a dialog between the two is the main objective of the program.

The NCRC art program presents visual and performing arts in the form of educational experiences that are dynamic and thought provoking for the members of the NCRC and the larger U-M communities, as well as the general public. Students and visitors are invited to participate in programs that reach beyond the realm of art, with topics that include science, social commentary and technology. Fresh ideas, or living arts, are highlighted through interactive programs offered by visiting artists who share their process through talks and exhibition.

Inspired By Science
March 21 through June 21, 2013
Rotunda Gallery, Building 18, NCRC
On view: Monday through Friday, 9am until 5:30pm