Photography Exhibit Part of UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program
June 7, 2012
DAVIS--The final student exhibition for "Photography: Bridging Art and Science," a
Science and Society Program class taught by Terry Nathan as a part of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, opens today (Thursday, June 7) with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
The exhibition, to continue through Sunday, June 17, features 50 student photographs exploring the conceptual connections between art and science and the role of art and science on the UC Davis campus, said Nathan, a professor in the Atmospheric Science Program, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, and the Art-Science Fusion Program, affiliated with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Also on display will be the ceramic mosaic mandala from the “Chemistry of Communication” class that entomologist/artist Diane Ullman and artist Donna Billick, co-founders and co-directors of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program taught. ("Mandala" is a Sanskrit word meaning "circle.") Ullman, professor of entomology and former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, is the associate dean for undergraduate academic programs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science
Of the course (Science and Society 40), Nathan says: “Beginning with centuries-old experiments in optics and chemistry to the present-day digital revolution, the camera has relied on science for its development while also serving as a vital scientific tool for probing and documenting the natural world. In the hands of the artist, the camera has heightened our awareness of the aesthetic qualities of space and light while revealing hidden truths about culture and society.
Students in the class used photography “to explore the common ground occupied by art and science. Two lectures each week addressed topics such as the art and science roots of photography; principles of space, time and light; Gestalt psychology meets Einsteinian physics in photographic composition; the geometric foundations of art and science; order versus disorder; and photographic interpretation of the environment.”
One studio session each week helped build visual literacy skills through hands-on photography projects.
“This final student exhibition," Nathan said, "highlights the learning and creativity that emerges when students explore the intellectual borderland between art and science."
Watch TEDx Talks by Diane Ullman and Donna Billick
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology