“Science and art are not opposed” – Samuel Morse
Morse knew what he was talking about. Not only did this 19th century figure invent the telegraph, but he was also a painter and sculptor. And as a photographer when this figurative art was born, he would likely be among the first to embrace the idea of Art and Science, a UC San Diego program “to celebrate the beauty that can emerge during scientific research at UC San Diego and beyond.”
Art of Science is technically an annual competition involving students, researchers, and affiliates of the University of La Jolla, in which contestants submit graphics or images and accompanying captions that tell “a story about their research in a way that is accessible and understandable to, well, the rest of us.
In 2022, as in years past, the winning works have found a home not only at the UC San Diego Library, but also in a second exhibition in Balboa Park at the Nat – San Diego Museum of Natural History, which invites guests to “see the beauty that can emerge from scientific research” or, as the website puts it, “data is beautiful and science has style”.
“The competition was originally created to raise awareness of the library’s research data curation services…and has evolved into a program that serves multiple audiences and scientific disciplines,” the librarian of the library quotes in part. Audrey Geisel University, Erik Mitchell, in a press release sent. by the school.
There were five winners (and three honorable mentions) selected from the 2022 entries, including one from Anne Lyons, a PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering who contributed “Energy Worms: Watch an Energy Regulator on Mitochondria, Cellular Powerhouses That Go Wherever Energy Is Needed.”
“The Art of Science competition gave me the opportunity to articulate my research in an accessible way,” Lyon is quoted in the same press release. “It’s a real privilege to share insight into the exciting activities that take place inside the cells.”
Duplicate dueling exhibits are now featured in the Nat’s first-floor gallery and in the covered walkway of UC San Diego’s WongAvery Library.
Can the San Diego Museum of Art be far behind?