|Photo by Gregg Kerr|
Small Worlds was motivated by a desire to introduce the community to microbes in an approachable way. “Small things can be seen and are appreciated,” explains Williams. By focusing on small things found in nature, the exhibit established a sense of place and wonder among attendees. In addition, attendees were encouraged to see what is unseen through the microscopes. As passersby peered deeper into the looking glass, “people shocked by what they couldn’t see that became visible under the microscope.” Many scientists submitted pieces and several from EPSCoR’s Micro project proudly displayed their work including, Sarah Konrad EPSCoR Deputy Director, Gregg Kerr DNA liquid handling facility lab manager, Linda van Diepen project CoPI and scientist, and Abby Hoffman graduate student in botany. Title of scientist was not a requirement for the exhibit; artists just had to convey their appreciation for the small worlds. When asked what surprised her most about the exhibit’s opening night, Williams enthusiastically recounts how passionate the scientists were about displaying their work, the creative process behind it, and connections to their research.
|Mixed Media by Abby Hoffman|
|Mixed Media by Lynne Boddy|
Check out the Fermentation Festival later this summer for another opportunity to get to know microbes in a fun, tasty, and approachable manner!