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COA Launches Stellar Space Themed Exhibition

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One of Simpson’s elaborate planets. Photo courtesy of Josh Simpson, Contemporary Glass.

BAR HARBOR, ME—As a participant in the 5th annual Acadia Night Sky Festival, College of the Atlantic is bringing art and science to the Blum Gallery. A special exhibit, titled “Art In Space,” will be on view September 20–October 25, 2013 and a lecture, “The Marriage of Art and Science,” is scheduled for Friday, September 27 from 4–6 pm.

“Art In Space” features the work of glass artist Josh Simpson and painter Jane Runyeon. The lecture will begin with remarks by Runyeon, who will introduce NASA Space Shuttle astronaut Cady Coleman, and along with Simpson, the two will discuss how art and science co-exist and inform one other. Coleman, who has logged more than 4k hours in space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia and the International Space Station, will discuss the endless possibilities that the space program brings back to earth.

Simpson creates his own universe of vibrant glass planets, complete with oceans, continents, volcanoes, and clouds. The cores of these small planets are full of bubbles, threads, and kaleidoscopic patterns evoking unseen landscapes and underwater worlds. In addition to Simpson’s renowned “Planets,” several wall-mounted glass “Orbs” from his Corona series will be shown, which evoke Hubble space telescopic images.

Runyeon’s expressionistic Galactic series is fueled by the meteor showers and the thousands of asteroids that both circle the sun and are heavily concentrated in a very wide belt between the orbits of Mars’ two moons and Jupiter’s 63 moons. These mammoth rocks swirling with extreme temperatures and speed have inspired a provocative theme in her work about the known and unknown mysteries of outer space.

Ivy Sienkiewycz, Student Director of the Blum for the fall term, will be curating the exhibit. For further information about Josh Simpson, Cady Coleman and/or Jane Runyeon, or to schedule an interview, please contact Artist’s Representative Kathleen Rogers at 207.667.0733, Ext. 11.

The Acadia Night Sky Festival kicks off on September 26th and goes through September 30th. For more information, visit www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

About the Acadia Night Sky Festival
The Acadia Night Sky Festival is a community celebration to promote the protection and enjoyment of Downeast Acadia’s stellar night sky as a valuable natural resource through education, science, and the arts. Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park, and some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern United States. The festival features many art, music, science, poetry, and stargazing events www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

About College of the Atlantic
College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.

EXHIBIT: September 20–October 25, 2013, “Art In Science” will feature the work of glass artist Josh Simpson and painter Jane Runyeon at the Blum Gallery, Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME. 207-288-5015. www.coa.edu/blumcurrentcal.

LECTURE: Friday, September 27th at 4 pm a lecture, which accompanies the Art in Science exhibit, will be given by Space Shuttle/NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and artist Josh Simpson on the topic of The Marriage of Art and Science. College of the Atlantic, Blum Gallery, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME. 207-288-5015. www.coa.edu/blumcurrentcal.