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Science as Art: Bioluminescent Bacteria Take Center Stage in Living Drawings Exhibition at Loyola University Museum of Art

March 7, 2006 The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) introduces a new exhibition that combines both science and art in Living Drawings: Recent Works by Hunter O’Reilly. A Chicago native, O’Reilly has assembled a series of photographs of living bacterial drawings created in Petri dishes, along with works on paper and digital photography collages. The exhibit debuts on March 12, and runs through June 4, 2006.

In this unique exhibit, O’Reilly creates controlled line drawings using bacteria that are photographed throughout different stages, displaying both the life and death of the bacterial drawing. Also included in this exhibition are recent works on paper drawn spontaneously while listening to scientific seminars. These impulsive drawings include notes and symbolism used playfully by the artist to create full, sometimes surreal, well-worked compositions that reflect relationships between intellect and environment.

“Living Drawings showcases a unique partnership between science and art that reinforces LUMA’s dedication to education and educational programming,” said Pamela Ambrose, director of cultural affairs, LUMA. “The collection encourages the observer to explore artistic expression in a new way, and serves as an innovative addition to LUMA’s galleries.”

Both a practiced geneticist and an internationally-shown artist, O’Reilly blends art and science as she investigates new perspectives, understanding and ultimately new meaning of each discipline. In addition to her art work, O’Reilly, a Loyola University Chicago faculty member, has also created a course, Biology Through Art, which offers students the opportunity to create innovative artwork in a biology laboratory.

Public Programs:

Sunday, April 2 at 3:00 p.m.
Interpreting Science as Art: Bioart and Living Drawings
Free with museum admission
William B. and Marilyn M. Simpson Lecture Hall (LUMA)

Hunter O’Reilly will discuss the works in her exhibition and how she interprets science as art in the creation of living artworks, abstractions, digital art and installations confronting issues related to biotechnology.

Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Spontaneous Drawing Family Workshop
$10 (members: one adult and one child) / $15 (non-members: one adult and one child)
Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling 312-915-7630
William B. and Marilyn M. Simpson Lecture Hall (LUMA)

LUMA is offering a family workshop for children ages 5 – 12 and their parents. Families begin with an interactive tour of the Living Drawings exhibition and then are guided to the classroom to create a hands-on art project. Participants will draw, spontaneously to music, with eyes closed and based on themes from the microscopic world.

About LUMA
In October 2005, LUMA became Chicago’s newest museum with 27,000 square feet of exhibition space. The museum, located at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, occupies the main floor (street level), 2nd and 3rd floors of Loyola’s historic Lewis Towers on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile. Beginning 2007, LUMA will house the Martin D’Arcy Collection of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art, which is being moved from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus where it was on display for the past 35 years. Other exhibitions scheduled at LUMA in 2006 include:

* Arts Botanica – March 12 – March 17
* Land and Sea: DoDo Jin Ming – April 8 – May 28
* The Gods As We Shape Them – April 8 – September 10
* The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama – October 28, 2006 – January 15, 2007

LUMA Mission Statement – Art Illuminating the Spirit

The Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to the exploration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression that attempts to illuminate the enduring spiritual questions and concerns of all cultures and societies. As a museum with an interest in education and educational programming, Loyola University Museum of Art reflects the University’s Jesuit Mission and is dedicated to helping men and women of all creeds explore the roots of their own faith and spiritual quest.

About Loyola University Chicago

Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.

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