Frostburg State University Roper Gallery Exhibition Unveils the Art in Science
The newest exhibit in Frostburg State University’s Roper Gallery bridges the divide between art and science, featuring the beauty hidden in the microscopic world. “The Art of Microscopy” will be shown from Monday, April 22, through Sunday, April 28. An opening reception will be held in the Roper Gallery on Wednesday, April 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.
“This collaboration between artist and scientist has yielded a unique contribution – and experience – for the Roper Gallery,” said Dustin Davis, professor of visual arts at FSU. “The audience will have an opportunity to witness incredible images normally too small to be seen by the human eye. Enlarged to 16-by-20 inches, viewers will be able to explore these tiny, intricate details of our natural world that are hidden all around us.”
Each of the 35 artistic images came from FSU’s Carl DelSignore Foundation, Inc., Microscopy Suite, captured by 18 students over three semesters of Dr. Rebekah Taylor’s Advanced Microscopy course, which is offered each spring.
“I have always been fascinated by the combination of art and science, and I practice both as much as possible,” Taylor said. “Teaching this course has been a way to share this passion with others.”
Through high-powered microscopes, students get a glimpse into an entire scale of existence too small for people to see on their own. That experience can make for magical moments.
“I enjoy watching students explore new ‘worlds’ under the microscope,” Taylor said. “I think it helps them remember why they love science in the first place – to make wondrous observations and try to explain why.”
Soon, her science students will explore another wondrous new place: the art world.
“My students are excited and perhaps a bit anxious, which I believe is the perfect opportunity for learning,” said Taylor. “The students have been trained in the sciences, so the thought of participating in an art show is a new one for most of them.”
At least one student in the exhibition has already visited that world. FSU alumnus Logan Cheshire’s scanning electron microscope image of the coating on a mealybug was a winner of the prestigious international FASEB BioArt Competition in 2017, an image that will highlight the exhibition.
The Roper Gallery is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays. For more information, contact the Department of Visual Arts at 301-687-4797.
Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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