Art of Science 2010 gallery opens at Friend Center and online

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Princeton University’s fourth annual “Art of Science” exhibition, featuring beautiful and interesting images created during the course of scientific research, opened in May in the main hall of the Friend Center and in an online gallery. The theme of this year’s exhibit is “energy,” broadly defined.

“Since its inception in 2005, the Art of Science Competition has offered breathtaking pictures, surprise, and a new lens for scientific imagination,” said Adam Finkelstein, associate professor of computer science and a co-organizer of the competition. “This year’s exhibition comprises the strongest, most compelling imagery yet.”

The 2010 Art of Science exhibit opened May 7 with a reception in the Friend Center Atrium on the Princeton campus and an outdoor concert in the Friend Center Quad by the orchestral rock band Miracles of Modern Science (MOMS), which performed the world premiere of their new song “Art of Science” as images from Princeton’s past four Art of Science exhibits flashed behind in the night sky on a giant screen.

Pablo Debenedetti, vice dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, noted that “Art of Science is a truly inter-disciplinary event.” Submissions were received from more than 20 departments across the University. Entries came from undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, research staff, community affiliates and alumni.

Jurors for the competition were President Shirley M. Tilghman; David Dobkin, dean of the faculty and the Phillip Y. Goldman ’86 Professor in Computer Science; Paul Muldoon, chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities; the photographer and professor emeritus Emmet Gowin; and James Steward, director of the Princeton University Art Museum. After this year’s judging, Muldoon observed that with each new Art of Science exhibit, “We’re reminded, yet again, that art is less about the imposition of patterns on the world than an openness to the patterns the world imposes on us.”

Art of Science 2010 was sponsored by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the Lewis Center, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the Office of the Dean for Research, the Princeton University Art Museum, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the David A. Gardner ’69 Fund in the Council of the Humanities.

Prints of images will remain on display in the Friend Center for one year; the gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The online gallery and a slideshow of the 2010 exhibit images set to the MOMS composition “Art of Science” can be found here: www.princeton.edu/artofscience

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