Microbiomes: To See the Unseen

Claire Wilding, Multimedia contributor

Artists and scientists are able to collaborate in the upcoming exhibit “Microbiomes: To See the Unseen.” The Corvallis Art Center and the Department of Microbiology at OSU are working together to bring science and art together.

Hester Coucke from the Art Center describes the exhibit as a connection between art and science.

“We feel it has a similar curiosity. Both scientists and artists want to know how the world works.”

Jerri Bartholomew, the head of the Microbiology Department and an artist herself says that Microbiomes: To See the Unseen,

“Offer us an opportunity to closely examine the connections we have between the arts and the sciences.”

On Thursday, microbiology graduate students gave presentations about their research to give artists an opportunity to learn more about the science of microbiology. There will be more opportunities for artists to learn about the sciences throughout the year.

“I use my art as a way to stimulate thought process. Science and art are very process-oriented and you have to clearly think through the steps in each.” Says Bartholomew.

“Microbiomes: To See the Unseen” is one of the events of Spark, the year of arts and science. Students are encouraged to get involved for the show. The exhibit will be April 13-May 27, 2017.


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