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Art Meets Science Reception at the MDI Biological Laboratory on Thursday, July 10

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BAR HARBOR – The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the Art Meets Science exhibit at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Salisbury Cove between 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. The event offers an opportunity to view art inspired by science, meet the artists, tour research laboratories and enjoy refreshments.

This is the third annual Art Meets Science exhibit at the MDI Biological Laboratory. It includes work from more than 40 artists, many of them local and some from across the U.S. and abroad. The work of two Maine sculptors, David Sywalski and Melita Westerlund, is displayed both indoors and around the Laboratory’s coastal campus.

As part of the Art Meets Science program, artists Liz Cutler of Bar Harbor and Ed Nadeau of Orono collaborated with MDI Biological Laboratory scientists Sandra Rieger, Ph.D., and Aric Rogers, Ph.D. Rieger studies the interaction of nerve health and regeneration, and Rogers researches genetic factors that extend lifespan. The exhibit includes works resulting from these collaborations.

“Great science and great art makes us see the world in new ways,” says Kevin Strange, Ph.D., president of the MDI Biological Laboratory. “Like artists, scientists rely on creativity, innovation and inspiration. Bringing the disciplines together allows us to appreciate the similarities and provides both with fresh perspectives.”

The Art Meets Science exhibit is curated by Annette Carvajal, a partner in the MDI-based group AiPS: Art in Public Spaces. “The MDI Biological Laboratory is playing a key role in promoting conversation about the intersection of the two disciplines among the public, artists and scientists,” she notes. “That supports AiPS’ mission of engaging the public with art in new ways. We’re also excited that so many of the artists say that their involvement with the Laboratory has enhanced their creative process and may have changed the way they approach their work and materials.”

In addition to the July 10 reception, the exhibit is available for viewing from July 1 through September 30. Because some art is displayed in working laboratories, the exhibit may only be viewed on a guided tour. Reservations for tours may be made by calling 207.288.3147 or emailing jbretz@mdibl.org. For more information, visit www.mdibl.org/events.