EXTRA CREDIT: Microbial Worlds art exhibit

This extra credit opportunity requires that you either attend the Microbial Worlds art exhibit or use the exhibit website.

Deadline: TBA (sometime after March 1 —TBA – The deadline will be after the website contains more content for those who can’t attend the show in person.

Submission method: Create a post and categorize it as “ExtraCredit: Microbial Worlds’

Exhibit hours: Feb. 3-27, Tues-Sat 12-6 pm, Well Street Art Co., with special First Friday reception Feb. 3 from 5-8 pm. There is also a literary reading and discussion with artists on Saturday, Feb. 11, 4-5 pm that you are welcome to attend.

Website: itoc.alaska.edu Note that the website doesn’t yet have the artwork  posted.



Find 3 different pieces in the exhibit to examine and use as you answer the 4 questions below. These can be visual art pieces or written pieces (poetry by Susan Campbell or the essay by Debbie Moderow). Note that most visual art pieces are accompanied by a statement posted on the wall nearby that explains the microbiological inspiration (concept) behind the work – these statements are printed on paper with a grey border. Be sure to read the statements (when present) to fully understand the background on the piece. You can also learn more about the concepts behind the pieces at the reading/discussion on Saturday Feb. 11  if you’d like.

For full credit, be sure to name the artist and art piece (or series of pieces) for each of your responses.

  1. Name (piece name and artist) and describe an art piece that you found compelling aesthetically (was attractive or interesting to you in terms of its visual, verbal, or other sensory impact). Do you feel that this work of art successfully embodied the concept behind it? Why or why not? (3 pts)
  1. Name another piece in the exhibit that is based on an interesting concept, based on the  written science statement associated with it. Summarize the concept and describe the piece. Do you feel that the art piece is as aesthetically compelling (attractive visually, verbally, etc.) as it is conceptually interesting (including scientifically)? Why or why not? If not, can you suggest something that the artists could have done differently? (3 pts)
  1. Connections: Identify another piece in the exhibit that involves a microbiological concept you’ve learned during class. Explain the concept and how the art piece relates to it. (3 pts)
  1. If you were an artist involved in this project show, what microbiological concept would you have worked with? What sort of piece might you have created? (1 pt)