Celebration of sciences, arts today


“Amanda,” a sculpture by Sarah Davis of the UF College of Fine Arts, sits in the foreground while volunteers at the Florida Museum of Natural History move stands that will be used in the Undergraduate Creativity in Arts and Sciences art show today.

Brad McClenny/Special to The Sun
Published: Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 11:34 p.m.

It's not often that the Gainesville community gets to view original works of art while simultaneously learning about new scientific research.

Facts

If you go

  • What: The inaugural Celebration of Undergraduate Creativity in Arts and Sciences, free and open to the public, featuring science posters, works of visual art, two film displays and 10 musical, dance and theater performances all by UF undergrads.
  • When: Today, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art, UF campus.

Today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art will host the first Celebration of Undergraduate Creativity in Arts and Sciences.

The celebration offers more than 100 science posters, 32 works of visual art, two film displays and 10 musical, dance and theater performances, all done by University of Florida undergraduate students, said Randy Duran.

"This is the first time the two museums have ever held an undergraduate creativity/science event," said Duran, a UF chemistry professor and director of the university's Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science for Life Program.

Dylan Walsh, who is coordinating the event, said almost 170 students competed to get their work in the showcase.

Duran said this family-friendly event will give the students an opportunity to display their work and compete for prizes, which amount to $2,500, and a chance to display their work anywhere in the world. A team of student judges will critique the works on innovation, originality and creativity.

Undergraduate students from UF as well as students from other colleges and universities will be able to answer questions and discuss their research or artwork. Also, the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, located in St. Augustine, will bring its traveling invertebrate lab.

"Kids and parents can pick up gross marine animals," Duran said.

Both the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art will intermingle scientific posters and visual art pieces, and all performances will take place in the Harn auditorium.

"We could have medical research right next to the ceramics," Duran said.

Tami Wroath, director of marketing and public relations at the Harn, said this is a good opportunity for students to showcase their talents while mingling with the Gainesville community.

"It's an interesting way for people to chat with the students about their work," Wroath said.

UF is working in conjunction with several other colleges, universities and sponsors in an effort to celebrate success of the undergraduates and expand the arts and sciences. Partners include Morehouse College, Emory University, Louisiana State University, Lincoln University, Furman University and the University of Puerto Rico.

Event sponsors include the National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

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