Experience Art on the Brain: Exhibit and events at the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Sciences Library System

You are invited to join the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System for “Art on the Brain,” an exploration of visual art and scientific imaging curated around the artwork of neuroscientist and artist Dr. Greg Dunn. Dr. Dunn will give a lecture on his mission and process at 3pm on April 3, 2019, in Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 1 (3550 Terrace St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261) with a reception and light refreshments immediately preceding at Falk Library (200 Scaife Hall). The exhibition is free and open to the public during normal library hours from March 25 to May 31, 2019.

Dr. Dunn’s artistic practice is rooted in Japanese ink wash painting, or sumi-e, which aims to capture the liveliness of natural forms in ink on paper. As Dr. Dunn writes on his website, “Neurons may be tiny in scale, but they possess the same beauty seen in traditional forms of the medium (trees, flowers, and animals).” In addition to painting, Dr. Dunn has developed a unique printmaking process called “microetching,” in which minutely detailed images of the brain are transformed through algorithmic processing and rendered in shimmering gold leaf. Five prints and the microetching Self Reflected will be on display on Falk Library’s upper floor.

Throughout the exhibition, HSLS will celebrate the union of art and science with activities meant to stimulate creative play or highlight the beauty of data. Relax with art-making apps or a jigsaw puzzle at the library’s “creativity stations,” and view journal covers, prints, and painting mosaics from the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Biologic Imaging to learn about the imaging and visualization activities on campus.

For more information, see the exhibit website or flyer. All are welcome to attend the opening lecture and view the exhibition.

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