Artists and Scientists Team Up to Enlighten the Memphis Community

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Sept. 12, 2012

Artists and Scientists team up to enlighten the Memphis community

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital partner with local artists to produce the 2012 Art of Science exhibit, aimed at bridging the gap between the two disciplines and helping the community better understand the research done at St. Jude.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Following a successful launch last year, scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and local artists have decided to team up annually to use the Art of Science exhibition as a means for educating the community about some of the research taking place at St. Jude. This year’s exhibition opens Sept. 28, 2012 with a reception from 6–9 p.m. at the Memphis College of Art Nesin Graduate Center, Hyde Gallery located at 477 S. Main St. The exhibition will run six weeks Wednesday–Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

This year’s exhibition, also sponsored by the Downtown Memphis Commission, will feature scientific images representing the research of 33 St. Jude scientists depicted in a variety of artistic media created by 33 local artists. “Last year’s launch of this exhibition attracted more than 600 viewers for the opening day,” said Heather Smallwood Ph.D., president of Art of Science. “We took this as an indication that the community is interested in learning more about our research. Presenting science with the art enriches the aesthetic beauty of this art exhibit and helps make basic science more publicly accessible.”

Along with this year being the 50th anniversary for St. Jude, Memphis College of Art also recently celebrated a milestone anniversary of 75 years. Therefore, it seemed very appropriate for these two institutions to join in presenting the exhibition. With a six-week run scheduled, artists, scientists and Memphis College of Art administrators are hoping that students, youth organizations as well as families and others will have an opportunity to visit the exhibition.

“Memphis College of Art is delighted to be hosting this year’s Art of Science 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!”

The artists and scientists involved in this project see this as an opportunity to widen perspective on research done at St. Jude aimed at finding cures and saving the lives of children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other diseases that affect children. This high level of diversity in research studies conducted at St. Jude, complemented by the diversity of the artists and their media, will offer a unique education. As a special treat at the opening reception (Sept. 28), visitors will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the scientists and artists whose works are featured. Through painting, new media, glass/metal, sculpture and interactive installations, the exhibition looks to create a bridge between the science and art communities.

The exhibition is appropriate for adults and children of all ages. For more information about the Art of Science exhibition visit the website at aos2012.org or www.facebook.com/artofsciencememphis.


Memphis College of Art
Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit mca.edu. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphiscollegeofart and on Twitter at @memphisart.

Art of Science
The Art of Science group is made up of volunteers from the Memphis community. The goals of this group are to foster a better dialogue between the art and science professionals of Memphis while educating the public about the impact of their respective professions on society. The exhibitions are appropriate for adults and children of all ages. For more information about the Art of Science visit the website at http://aos2012.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/artofsciencememphis.

Travis C. Hass
Art of Science
(901) 830-6789
travis.hass@gmail.com

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing overall U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude is also a leader in research and treatment of life-threatening blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives. To learn more, visit www.stjude.org. Follow us on Twitter @StJudeResearch.

Judith Black Moore
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
(901) 595-2434
Judith.black@stjude.org