The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation is pleased to be a sponsor of the forthcoming juried group exhibition, ECLOSION, at the Art.Science.Gallery in Austin, Texas from November 9 to December 1, 2013. The Foundation is part of a distinguished roster of sponsors and jurors:
ARKive is a global initiative with the mission of promoting the conservation of the world’s threatened species, through the power of wildlife imagery, which it does by locating and gathering films, photographs and audio recordings of the world’s species into a centralized digital archive.
The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and individuals in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA has more than 6,500 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, pest management professionals, and hobbyists.
Dr. David Maddison is an evolutionary biologist, beetle-enthusiast, illustrator and professor of systematic entomology at Oregon State University. He has also been instrumental in creating the Tree of Life Web Project, an illustrated, annotated phylogeny of all living things. See Dr. Maddison’s beetle illustrations.
Dr. Mark W. Moffett (aka “Dr. Bugs”), called “the Indiana Jones of Entomology” by the National Geographic Society, is a tropical ecologist and research associate at the Smithsonian Institution with a passion for discovering new species and behavior. Watch Dr. Moffett on the Colbert Report.
Dr. Walter Tschinkel is a Distinguished Research Professor of Biological Science at Florida State University. He is one of the leading entomologists and myrmecologists studying the behavior of ants and the structure of their colonies. Watch Dr. Tschinkel on CBS Sunday Morning.
Dr. Diane Ullman has been a member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty since 1995 and a fellow of the Entomological Society of America. Also an artist, she is one of the co-founders of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion program. Watch Dr. Ullman’s TEDxUCDavis talk.
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INSECT ART EXHIBIT COMING TO AUSTIN THIS FALL
Austin, Tex.—Art.Science.Gallery. is pleased to partner with ARKive.org, the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, and the Entomological Society of America to bring ECLOSION—a group exhibition of insect art —to Austin, Texas November 9–December 1, 2013. The gallery seeks artists from around the world to submit art related to insects and the field of entomology (the study of insects). Interested artists may submit up to three works for the juried group show by September 22, 2013 by visiting www.artsciencegallery.com/entomology.
The exhibition coincides with the 61st annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, which is expected to draw over 3,000 insect enthusiasts to the Austin Convention Center from November 10–13, 2013.
ECLOSION is co-curated by entomologist and artist Dr. Barrett Klein (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse; www.pupating.org) and ecologist and artist Dr. Hayley Gillespie (founder, Art.Science.Gallery.). Jurors are Dr. Mark Moffett; Dr. Walter Tschinkel; Dr. David Maddison and Dr. Diane Ullman, brilliant entomologists who have also contributed creatively to their field.
Klein grew up in a family of artists in the Detroit area, and learned from them to appreciate the beauty of commonplace objects. “Even in Detroit it is easy to find an exquisitely diverse array of organisms,” says Klein. “I knew at the age of five that insects would play a permanent and pivotal role in my life. Having a love of art as a foundation, it was easy to embrace the ubiquitous and beautiful hexapod.”
Gillespie, a native of Forth Worth, Texas, was similarly inspired by art and science as a child. She founded Art.Science.Gallery. to foster new perspectives on the world that both art and science encourage. “Some people think that insects are gross, or that they’re all pests,” she says, “but that is not how entomologists see them. We want to show people the natural beauty of insects and the importance of insect biodiversity, science and conservation to our everyday lives. Art is a great way to do that.”
Art.Science.Gallery. is an art gallery and science communication space dedicated to art-science fusion of all kinds. This will be the first exhibition in the gallery’s new permanent space in Austin, Texas, scheduled to open November 9, 2013.
Biodiversity (color), copper etching with colored pencil © Barrett Klein 2008