Darwin Day Portrait Project 2012 (Charles Darwin), paper collage and acrylic on board, 36″ x 42″ © Hayley Gillespie
Art.Science.Gallery. will host several events during the weekend of February 7 – 9, 2014 in celebration of Darwin Day and PrintAustin 2014, including a collaborative art project, the Darwin Day Portrait Project.
Darwin’s 205th Birthday Party
Join us for a Darwin’s 205th Birthday Party + closing reception for IMPRESSI (a science-inspired printmaking exhibition for PrintAustin) on Friday, February 7, 6 – 9pm. The evening’s event also coincides with O P E N Canopy, a monthly event in which galleries and artist studios at Canopy (916 Springdale Rd.) are open late 6-9 pm the first Friday of the month and 12 – 6 pm the following Saturday. IMPRESSI is on view until Sunday, February 9, 2014.
Darwin Day Portrait Project
Join us at Art.Science.Gallery. for the 3rd annual Darwin Day Portrait Project! We’ll be celebrating Darwin’s birthday all weekend long and invite you to participate in the making of this year’s portrait on the following days and times:
Friday, February 7, 2014 12 – 9pm
Saturday February 8, 12 – 6pm
Sunday February 9, 12 – 6pm
The Darwin Day Portrait Project is a series of collaged portraits of great naturalists. A new portrait in this series is created each year for Darwin Day – a celebration of the birth of Charles Robert Darwin (February 12, 1809 – April 19, 1882). Each portrait is designed and directed by artist-scientist and Art.Science.Gallery. founder Hayley Gillespie. The 2012 (Charles Darwin) and 2013 (Jane Goodall) portraits were constructed in collaboration with visitors to the Texas Memorial Museum’s Darwin Day celebrations. Both portraits are now on loan to the museum so that visitors can see the finished portraits that they helped create. More details about the project, including a time-lapse video of Darwin’s portrait, can be found here: http://wp.me/p1FpZg-iZ. The portrait project will take place at Art.Science.Gallery. this year.
The 2014 portrait will feature Charles Henry Turner (February 3, 1867 – February 18, 1923), a zoologist and entomologist who made significant contributions to our knowledge of ant, spider and honeybee behavior. He was the first African American to receive a graduate degree at the University of Cincinnati as well as the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1907. Turner published 49 papers on invertebrates, and was the first to demonstrate that insects can hear and can distinguish pitch. In addition, he first discovered that cockroaches can learn by trial and error and that honeybees can see color. Besides his scientific work, Turner was active in the struggle to obtain social and educational services for African Americans. The public is invited to help create the collaged portrait of Charles Henry Turner during the hours listed above.