The Aquarium is hosting an exhibit of artwork from the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Artist-at-Sea program. The exhibit features artwork made from and inspired by the science projects conducted on the Falkor, the institute’s research vessel. Media include watercolor paintings, drawings, photography, fiber art, comics, and data visualizations by artists Rebecca Rutstein, Molly Homberg Brown, Kirsten Carlson, Michelle Schwengel-Regala, and others. The exhibit will be on display at the Aquarium until May 31, 2018, outside the entrance to the Tropical Pacific Gallery on the second floor.
The Schmidt Ocean Institute, a nonprofit foundation established to advance oceanographic research, operates its Artist-at-Sea program to apply artists’ storytelling abilities to ocean science and conservation. The program brings experts from different disciplines together and fosters cross-pollination of ideas to transform both the scientists’ and artists’ work. Priority goes to artists who incorporate elements of technology or cutting-edge methods into their techniques or media. Artists work side-by-side with scientists to produce meaningful collaborations and immerse themselves in day-to-day ship life.