Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 2014 6 – 10pm
The premise is simple: hundreds of original works of art that are inspired by science from artists all over the world will be sold to support Art.Science.Gallery.’s year-round programming. Each work is “artist trading card” size (2.5 x 3.5 inches), and comes already framed with support from Jerry’s Artarama of Austin. The framed trading cards will be sold for $25 each or 5 for $100.
The 1st Annual Art/Science Trading Card Exhibition in 2013 featured 187 works of art by 108 artists from around the world. All works from the 2014 and 2013 exhibitions are archived in Art.Science.Gallery.’s public online library of science-inspired trading cards at www.artscitradingcards.tumblr.com. 2014 works will also be for sale online by clicking on the title of each piece in the archive (links will become active as works become available).
The fundraiser supports Art.Science.Gallery.’s programming. The gallery has hosted over 30 free public events so far in 2014 including science lectures, artist talks and demonstrations and author appearances. Special annual events include Ada Lovelace Day and Darwin Day parties, the Earth Day / ATX Science Extravaganza which raises funds for environmental research, and The Tesla Project which raised $1,200 for Girlstart. The gallery has also hosted Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons to list more women in science, provides website support for the local outreach group Science Under The Stars, and hosts a NACE-compliant internship program. Art.Science.Gallery. is proud to be a Platinum-Level Austin Green Business Leader committed to environmental sustainability. Partnerships with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, the Center for Biological Diversity, Wildscreen Arkive and the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection department have helped to raise awareness of biodiversity and endangered species issues.
The gallery started as a pop-up art space in 2012 and was successfully crowdfunded on IndieGoGo.com by 73 founding supporters in 2013, which catalyzed the gallery’s move to a brick-and-mortar space. The opening of the 2nd Annual Art/Science Trading Card Exhibition & Fundraiser marks the first anniversary of the gallery’s new permanent home in East Austin in the Canopy fine arts complex at 916 Springdale Rd. The gallery has exhibited over 350 science-inspired artists since it was founded.
“We are really proud to be a crowdfunded art space, and our annual fundraiser lets us keep supporting the science-inspired artists we show here at Art.Science.Gallery.,” says gallery founder and director Dr. Hayley Gillespie, “each card sold in this exhibit has been contributed by an artist who supports our vision. We have a wonderful symbiotic relationship with the artists – we want to help their science-inspired art reach a broader audience, and they appreciate that we’re dedicated to their genre of art. We support each other.”
While 5 x 7 art shows are a popular fundraiser format, Art.Science.Gallery. decided to go “micro” with the “artist trading card” sized 2.5 x 3.5 inch works with white gallery wood frames from Jerry’s Artarama. “They’re a really fun size to collect,” says Gillespie, “it’s a size and price that’s accessible to everyone. They’re also great for small spaces, and look good in a row or a grid if you want more.” The small size is also mindful of not asking too much from the artists, and provides a small, non-intimidating project for first-time artists or established artists who want to experiment with creating science-inspired works.
Established collectors can enjoy the thrill of snapping up works by established artists they admire for a steal, and new collectors can enjoy discovering artists that are new to them in a friendly environment and an affordable price.
“Our mission is to make science accessible to everyone through the lens of art,” says Gillespie, “and this exhibit is purposefully inclusive of beginning and established artists, new and experienced collectors, and all-around gallery fans.” The exhibit even lets scientists experiment with creating art for the first time, she says, “and that’s a wonderful thing.”
Science Kids Day: Saturday December 6, 2014 2-4pm. Meet our three childrens authors April Chloe Terrazas, Grant Shepard and The Singing Zoologist Lucas Miller. Enjoy tasty cricket cookies with Little Herds!
Winter Solstice Party: Saturday, December 21, 2014 6-9pm. Stargazing with Austin Astronomical Society!
We are looking for 1-2 people to help with digitizing and archiving. Free gallery tees! Details on our volunteer page.