Research Meets Art in Scientific Images Contest

Research Meets Art in Scientific Images Contest

Science in SocietyIntriguing scientific images highlighting the aesthetic side of research are on display in the Evanston Township High School (ETHS) art gallery as part of the annual Northwestern Scientific Images Contest.

The joint exhibition includes 77 different works of art, including photography taken in Northwestern research labs, along with a range of artistic responses and interpretation pieces created by high school students.

Four different ETHS art classes contributed sculpture, drawing, painting and collage. The exhibit, which runs through Nov. 10, also features photographs taken by physics students, who captured science in action in daily life.

“The same scientific research that generates new understanding and innovation also brings unexpected and often breathtaking beauty," said Science in Society's Sara Grady.

Submitted by Northwestern University researchers, the images represent advances across a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, genetics, chemistry, engineering and nanotechnology.

The ETHS gallery team deliberately integrated works from the University labs and the students to better reflect the fluid art-science boundaries of the individual pieces and the University and high school's ongoing, collaborative partnership.

Launched in 2010, the Northwestern Scientific Images Contest is a collaborative effort between Northwestern University's Science in Society center, the Northwestern/ETHS Partnership Office, and the ETHS art and science departments.

Science in Society developed the contest to bring arresting images and intriguing science to venues like the Museum of Science & Industry, Evanston Art Center, Chicago Public Libraries and Navy Pier.

But the exhibition at ETHS is the largest and best show yet, bringing community-centered student work to the public eye and encouraging dialogue through class discussions and public programs.

On Monday, Nov. 7, ETHS classes will view the works, meet the Northwestern scientists behind the work and vote on their favorite Northwestern image. In the evening, the prize-winners and the ETHS People's Choice Award winner will be announced at a public reception and viewing.

The contest offers winning scientists the opportunity to participate in outreach events at local schools, libraries and community centers, giving them a chance to talk about the wonders of science with the general public.

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 11/3/16