"Art of Science" Opening Friday

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I broke my left foot last weekend after crashing my bike whilst attempting to traverse the trolley tracks. After I posted the before and after images of my foot on Twitter and Facebook, in a blatant attempt to garner sympathy and gifts from my friends and followers, it seems many many bicycle enthusiasts have also taken a tumble on those trolley tracks. I think I am going to make a video art piece about my tragic accident to better understand why those tracks are so dangerous. Until my unscientific work is complete and as long as you do not ride your bike down South Main, be sure to check out the "Art of Science" exhibition that opens Friday night at the Memphis College of Art’s Nesin Graduate School.

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Now in its second year, "Art of Science" is the brainchild of St. Jude scientists Heather Smallwood and Matt Garcia, (Garcia is now a fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.). Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital partner with local artists to produce this exhibition aimed at bridging the gap between the two disciplines and helping the community better understand the research done at St. Jude.

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A call to artists and scientists was sent out in January. The scientists were asked to submit visually appealing or scientifically compelling videos, photos, or graphics of their research. The 33 artists that were chosen to participate then selected the research project they wanted to make art about. Some of the artists and scientists were heavily involved with the projects, with artists visiting the labs and the scientists helping in the studio. Other projects were created after only an email or two between the artist and scientist. It was up to the artist to determine how much or little they collaborated with the scientists. The artists and scientist will be on hand during the opening to discuss their projects with the viewers.

The 2012 Art of Science exhibition will be on display at the Hyde Gallery in Memphis College of Art's Nesin Graduate School at 477 S. Main St. through November 3rd.

Opening night is Friday, September 28th from 6-9 p.m.

Images from last year's exhibition at Marshall Arts, from the events Facebook page.

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