Art of Science 2014

by - September 02, 2014

The Art of Science 2014 Exhibit: Exploring the Beauty of Science and the Power of Art

Art of Science (AOS) 2014 is proud to pair the finest local artists with research scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for the fourth year running. Working together, scientists and artists will create work that introduces new audiences to the principals that are saving children's lives every day at St. Jude. Linking these groups of people both enriches our artistic landscape and inspires people across Memphis to get involved in the fight against deadly childhood diseases. This year’s exhibit opens Friday, September 26, 2014 with a reception from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Memphis College of Art, Nesin Graduate Center, Hyde Gallery located at 477 South Main. The exhibit will remain on view from September 26th through October 17th, Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 7p.m., and by appointment. 

The show will feature the work of 21 artists in traditional and interactive media alongside cutting edge scientific imagery provided by research scientists working now at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By studying their research, artists create unique portholes that enable viewers to peer inside the laboratories of this renowned facility. Through this artistic lens people across our community can connect with the rarely seen scientific miracles that occur everyday within the walls of St. Jude. 

Researchers at St. Jude not only strive to prevent and cure childhood cancer, but are daily making discoveries that can improve the health and wellbeing of all Memphians. “The tiny, cellular organisms fighting inside you comprise massive armies. Many fight for you, many against you, and they fight for the only world they know: your body,” says co-curator Ian Lemmonds, “The mysteries these scientist unravel advance medicine on a global level, and improve our understanding of your body on a microscopic level. Every one on the AOS 2014 team understands that very small things can make a big difference."

Carl Moore, Terri Phillips, Alex Paulus, Roger Cleaves and dozens of other gifted local artists are lending their talents. This year the AOS team has also joined forces with Forge, a collaborative workspace for creative engineers. Driven by Elizabeth Lemmonds, Forge will offer a live 3D printing demo during the AOS 2014 opening night celebration on September 26th at the Hyde gallery. “Last year, more than 3,000 visitors came throughout the whole exhibit, ” said Dr. Marie Morfouace, PhD president of Art of Science. This year, the Art of Science board of directors aims to inspire even more. 

“Memphis College of Art is delighted to be hosting this year’s exhibition, and we know the Memphis 
community will be out in force to witness these marvelous works,” said MCA President Ron Jones. “The work these scientists do at St. Jude is truly an inspiration – what a wondrous and fitting muse for our local artists!” During the opening reception (Sept. 26), visitors will enjoy craft beer from the local Wiseacre Brewery and meet the scientists and artists whose works are featured. AOS will also provide educational materials to enhance public understanding about the work on display. The exhibition is appropriate for adults and children of all ages.

About the Art of Science Board of Directors
The Art of Science board of Directors is made up of volunteers from the Memphis’ artistic and scientific community. 

Marie Morfouace, PhD president of Art of Science, and Heather Smallwood, PhD vice president, innovated the project in 2011. Ian Lemmonds, local artist and online designer at the Commercial Appeal, is serving as this year’s Managing Director. Melissa Farris, local artist and Special Exhibitions Curator for the Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, is AOS 2014’s Exhibit Curator. 

For more information about the Art of Science email or visit the webpage

Art of Science Media Relations Contact
Melissa Farris
Art of Science 2014 Exhibit Curator
(901) 574 - 2586

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. To learn more, visit Follow us on Twitter @StJudeResearch.

St. Jude Media Relations Contact
Judith Black Moore
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
(901) 595-2434

About Memphis College of Art 
Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower 
generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. The region’s only independent art and design college, MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @memphisart.

Memphis College of Art Media Relations Contact
Carrie Corbett
Memphis College of Art
(901) 272-5111

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