Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Evolution 2016 meeting will feature evolution-themed art exhibit

Posted 14 Sep 2015 / 0

I just got an announcement that there will be an evolution-themed art exhibit at next year’s Evolution meeting in Austin, Texas. It is exciting to see this meeting make so many cultural connections (including the Evolution film festival), as we really need to bring our science to the general public in new ways if we are going to wear down public apprehension of evolutionary biology.

Below is the announcement I received:

The 2016 Evolution conference (the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Society of Systematic Biologists, and the American Society of Naturalists) will be held from June 17-21 in beautiful Austin, TX. In conjunction with the meeting, the societies and a local art gallery (Art.Science.Gallery) are co-sponsoring an evolution-themed art exhibit. The exhibit will provide an opportunity for meeting attendees and others to showcase their creative talents, increase the visibility of the meeting and the societies to the local community, and provide opportunities for public education about evolutionary biology through the exciting lens of visual arts. The exhibit will run at the Art.Science.Gallery leading up to, and during, the conference, and a selection of the works will be on display at the Austin Convention Center as a pop-up exhibit during the evening of the opening reception of the meeting.

Art.Science.Gallery has issued an open call seeking submissions for this exhibition. Works may explore (but are not limited to) the sub-disciplines within evolutionary biology, notable evolutionary biologists, current research topics, important discoveries and concepts, and the history of evolutionary thought. You need not be a member of any of the societies to submit something for consideration.

Pass the word along and, if you’re at all artistically inclined, consider submitting something. Additional details can be found on our new permanent meeting website: (under the ‘News’ heading).

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