Artists and Scientists Team Up to Enlighten the Memphis Community

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications
ccorbett@mca.edu
901-272-5111

Aug. 5, 2013

Artists and Scientists Team Up to Enlighten the Memphis Community

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Art of Science 2013 is proud to pair the finest local artists with research scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the third year running. Working together, scientists and artists will create work that introduces new audiences to the principles that are saving children’s lives every day at St. Jude. Linking these groups of people both enriches our artistic landscape and inspires people across Memphis to get involved in the fight against deadly childhood diseases. This year’s exhibition opens Sept. 27 with a reception from 6–9 p.m. at the Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art Nesin Graduate Center located at 477 S. Main St. The exhibition will run through Nov. 2 with gallery hours of Wednesday–Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

The show will feature the work of 27 artists in traditional and interactive media alongside cutting edge scientific imagery. “Last year’s opening night attracted more than 2,000 viewers,” said Dr. Heather Smallwood, president of Art of Science. “We took this as an indication that the community is interested in the art and in learning more about medical research in Memphis.” This year, the Art of Science board of directors aims to inspire even more people.

Researchers at St. Jude not only strive to prevent and cure childhood cancer, but are daily making discoveries that can improve the health and wellbeing of many Memphians as well. “Memphis College of Art is delighted to be hosting this year’s exhibition, and we know the Memphis community will be out in force to witness these marvelous works,” said MCA President Ron Jones. “The work these scientists do at St. Jude is truly an inspiration—what a wondrous and fitting muse for our local artists!” By studying the scientists’ research, artists create unique portholes that enable viewers to peer inside the renowned St. Jude laboratories. Greely Myatt, Carl Moore, Bobby Spillman, Eli Gold, Margaret Munz-Losch and dozens of other gifted local artists are lending their talents to AOS 2013.

During the opening reception on Sept. 27, visitors will have the opportunity to meet and talk with all of the scientists and artists whose works are featured. AOS will also provide educational materials to enhance public understanding about the work on display. The exhibition is appropriate for adults and children of all ages. Through this artistic lens, people across our community can glimpse and connect with the rarely seen scientific miracles that occur everyday within the walls of St. Jude.

About the Art of Science Board of Directors
The Art of Science Board of Directors is made up of volunteers from the Memphis artistic and scientific community. Heather Smallwood, Ph.D., president of Art of Science, and Marie Morfouace, Ph.D., vice president, innovated the project in 2011. Nan Cook, art historian and gallery assistant at L. Ross Gallery, is serving as this year’s Managing Director. Melissa Farris, local artist and Special Exhibitions Curator for the Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, is AOS 2013’s exhibition curator. For more information about the Art of Science, email artofscience@gmail.com or visit the webpage at www.facebook.com/artofsciencememphis.

Art of Science Media Relations Contact
Heather Smallwood
heather.smallwood@stjude.org
901-634-6342
or
Travis Hass
artofscience@gmail.com
901-330-7187

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first an only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive cancer Center devoted solely to children and no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. To learn more, visit www.stjude.org. Follow us on Twitter at @StJudeResearch.

St. Jude Media Relations Contact
Judith Black Moore
judith.black@stjude.org
901-595-2434


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