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Annual Santa Fe exhibit brings together art, science

Science and art will once again come together in Santa Fe next month, as University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers reveal the hidden beauty of living cells and the molecules that provide the essentials of life. The sixth annual “Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience" show, an annual event that showcases scientific images of nature, is set for March 27 and 28 at Peters Projects Gallery, 1011 Paseo de Peralta. The event is free and open to the public.

Through collaboration with the Gerald Peters Gallery and Peters Projects, visitors will enjoy a unique synergy of hard science and contemporary interpretation of science and nature. The event opens March 27, with the first preview of the art. Entitled “Inventory of Light,” the show will feature the works of UNM and LANL microscopists as well as 10 participating artists who have a scientific focus in their art practice.

A popular feature of these events are the public lectures featuring senior scientists who give approachable talks about how they use imaging and computing technologies to solve key problems in human biology. Bridget Wilson, PhD, a professor at the UNM Health Sciences Center, will speak March 27 about how her team uses advanced imagery and computer simulations to discover how allergens activate cells in the immune system, a problem for millions of allergy sufferers worldwide.

Families with children and teens are invited March 28 to participate in hands-on experiments led by graduate students from the UNM Nanoscience and Microsystems program. Science-oriented video games will provide curious young minds with an interactive way to explore the microscopic world. Families are encouraged to enjoy art in the galleries too.

Later that evening, Michael Sheetz, PhD, a professor at Columbia University with a home in Santa Fe, will talk about how cellular patterns influence how cells sense their surroundings and respond to move and spread. His studies of “mechano-sensing” are enabled by high-speed microscopy and tiny nano-fabricated chips. Sheetz recently received the Kaluza Award from the American Society of Cell Biology for his innovative work.

“This year’s show is an exciting melding of science and contemporary art,” Wilson said. “The Gerald Peter’s Gallery / Peters Projects have carefully selected an outstanding group of artists that complement the science exposition.”

The art exhibition will include work by Lita Albuquerque, Kelsey Brooks, Robert Buelteman, Will Clift, Brian Knep, Victoria Vesna, Johnathon Wells and Ryan Wolfe. Santa Fe artists include Thomas Ashcraft, Stephen Auger and August Muth. The spectrum ranges from interactive multi-media installations and photography and to light-filled holograms and sculpture.

“The common thread of the show is science and nature as an inspiration for art,” Wilson said. “Works by these artists bring alive the intertwined nature of light, space and time.”

About the Art Show

The 6th annual “Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience” event is a two-day public celebration of new and fascinating ideas and images from the two emerging scientific fields of systems biology and nanoscience. The event will take place March 27 and 28 at Peters Projects/Gerald Peters Gallery, 1011 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. The entire event is free and open to the public.

The event will be open from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Friday March 27 and from 10 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 28. Public talks are at 6 P.M. each evening. Featured Artist Victoria Vesna (UCLA) will speak about how nanoscience inspires art at 5:00 PM. The children’s interactive nanotechnology experiments will take place 10 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Saturday. Receptions, held each evening at 5:00 P.M. to 7 P.M., are open to the public. For a full agenda, please visit

The event is sponsored by the UNM Cancer Center; the New Mexico Center for the Spatiotemporal Modeling of Cell Signaling; the Los Alamos National Laboratories Center for Non-Linear Studies; the LANL Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies; The New Mexico Consortium; and Gerald Peters Gallery/Peters Projects of Santa Fe.

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