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Art And The Natural World Exhibit At Science Library

September 22, 2003 -- Themes of nature are a fitting topic for an art display at the Science and Engineering Library’s new reading room. The exhibit will be a highlight of the library’s grand opening in Clark Hall on Friday, Oct. 3, and will be up through the academic year.

For the library’s director, Carol S. Hunter, inviting the McIntire Department of Art faculty to exhibit their works was a natural.

“It’s a way to bring the scientific and artistic together,” she said. “Exposure to the arts completes the person and the education Jefferson had envisioned.”

The exhibition represents “a blurring of categories,” added studio art faculty member Dean Dass. “A lot of faculty artists are involved in works based on scientific themes.”

Art faculty have long drawn on resources in the Science and Engineering Library for inspiration. Elizabeth Schoyer, who teaches painting, uses texts from the library to create her art works inspired by explorers and natural history chronicles. Dean Dass, who teaches printmaking and works in many mediums, is creating new work inspired by geysers, volcanoes and natural hot springs he researched in the library’s collection.

Sculptor Bill Bennett, chairman of studio art, will exhibit his work “Starcatcher” imagining the tools of a butterfly collector used to assemble an astronomical collection. Another sculpture he created for an exhibit on Brown’s Island in Richmond relates to engineering and industry that took place there in the 19th century.

Photographer William Wylie will exhibit his photographs of water that capture the timeless qualities of the changing flow patterns and light fluctuations.

Painter Megan Marlatt will exhibit works on paper influenced by 19th-century botany illustrations, which she arranges in what she refers to as her own collection of paintings.

The exhibit will also feature works by Richard Crozier, Tom Doran, Bogdan Achimescu, Seth Hunter and Doug Dertinger.

Hunter considers the exhibit the first of numerous collaborations with artists and groups in the University community. She envisions future exhibits highlighting science and engineering-related materials from Special Collections, as well as student art in areas where students gather to work on collaborative projects or group study sessions.

“The library is a place where you study, reflect and think,” she said. “The exhibit is a way to give art visibility and is a catalyst for communication going back and forth between disciplines.”

The exhibit will remain on view during regular library hours through the academic year. For details call (434) 924-3628.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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