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Media Advisory: Local Artists and Scientists Connect
Released: 5/28/2012 1:00:00 PM

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Jane Reid, USGS 1-click interview
Phone: 831-460-7402

Lisa Hochstein, Artist/Curator
Phone: 831-426-7338

earth • science • art / sixteen collaborative explorations

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The results of an innovative collaboration that paired artists from California’s central coast and the greater San Francisco Bay Area with scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, will be on display at the R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz June 1 through July 7. The exhibition includes new artwork, alongside displays by the participating scientists who provided background to the artists’ works. 

Bringing artists and scientists together to explore interdisciplinary collaborations, introduces the public to some of the significant research being done locally at USGS, and spotlights the creativity and talents of local artists who are stepping outside of their more-familiar spheres of work.

Who: 16 USGS scientists and 16 local artists

What and When:
  • Exhibit Opening Reception, Friday, June 1st, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
  • Panel discussions with artists and scientists about their work and collaborations
    Thursday June 7th and Thursday June 14th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: R. Blitzer Gallery, 410 Natural Bridges Drive, Santa Cruz, Calif.

The participating scientists' diverse research includes the study of migratory bird patterns, the movement of sediment by wind, waves, and currents, deep-water reserves of precious metals, the potential effects of natural and anthropogenic hazards, and mapping climate change as it affects both human communities and natural environments. Participating artists work in a range of media including painting, printmaking, video, wood, and fiber. 

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