Exhibition Introduction

Science Inspires Art: OCEAN
19th international art-sci juried exhibition
organized by Art & Science Collaborations
September 16, 2017 – February 25, 2018
at the New York Hall of Science


Bob Barancik, Danielle Baudrand, Marta Beltramo, Mary Ann Biehl, Carrie Bodle, Karen Cohen, Hunter Cole, Anna Davidson, Lyubava Fartushenko, Colleen Flanigan, Pnina Gagnon, Anita Getzler, Helen Glazer, Sandra Gottlieb, Marguerita Hagan, Susan Hoenig, Margaret Juul, Klebesadel & Neumann, Ken Knowlton, Ray Koh, Amanda Levine, Lenny Marignier, Ryuta Nakajima, Vanessa Nilsson, Robert Patrick, Weiheng Qian, Véronique Robigou, Jenny Rock, Rubin & Menden-Deuer, Rebecca Rutstein, Wo Schiffman, Margrit Schwarz, Dennis Summers, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Edwin Salgado Villarreal, and Joan Wheeler

C0-JURORS:  Diana Moore (ART)  &  John Stegeman (SCIENCE)

OCEAN — she remains enigmatic even though she was here eons before us. Historians and economists see her as a “highway” for transporting cultures and goods, fishermen made livelihoods from her bounty, and writers and poets have memorialized her merciless storms and other-worldly creatures. But most of us know ocean from personal experience — her photo-worthy sunsets and buoyant waters, waves to play in and salty fresh air, seashells for collecting, and the sounds of sea birds.

Today’s ecologists know our global ocean from the life-sustaining services she provides us– every second breath of oxygen we take, all the fresh water we require (hydrologic cycle), her regulation of our planet’s temperature and weather patterns, and her important food sources.

Unfortunately, for over a decade, scientists have also been reporting on changes that threaten ocean’s health: bleaching corals, ocean acidification, over-fishing, ocean plastics, and endangered marine species.

Based on new scientific information and your personal experiences, the international Open Call for this exhibition asked artists and scientists to help create a new public perception of ocean by sharing creative visions of our deep connections to her, the health issues she faces and/or possible solutions, and feelings she inspires in us.

Cynthia Pannucci, Founder-Director of Art & Science Collaborations