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Hypotheses: Art Inspired by the Many Worlds of Science
Opening Reception: Friday, September 28 | 6-9 PM

The Columbus Cultural Arts Center (CAC) hosts an exhibition of contemporary works by Ohio artists in a challenge set forth by guest curator, artist Amandda Tirey.  Hypotheses: Art Inspired by the Many Worlds of Science asks artists to explore how concepts and discoveries from all branches of the sciences inspire artists working in a range of media and art forms. Art and science as creative endeavors have a long association, and indeed are often considered two sides of the same coin. The imaginings of science fiction writers has led to new innovations.  Artists are employed by scientific institutions to imagine things too small or distant for direct observation – extra-solar planets; the workings of atoms. Sculptors working for museums give life to the skeletal remains of extinct species and human ancestors. Science returns the favor by bringing into existence new materials and techniques for creative manipulation, from paints and media, to LED lighting, to musical synthesizers, to virtual reality systems.

Image: Amandda Leigh Tirey, Storm Cells, oil on canvas, 2017

278 works by 163 artists were submitted for Hypotheses: Art Inspired by the Many Worlds of Science. 43 pieces from 35 artists were selected to be showcased for this exhibition. Five of the artists were invited by curator, Amandda Tirey. The winners of the jurors' awards, sponsored by CoverMyMeds, will be announced during the opening reception on Friday, September 28 from 6-9 pm!

Hypotheses: Art Inspired by the Many Worlds of Science artists:

-Julie Abijanac                                     
-Shelley Baird                                      
-Robie Benve                                       
-Jacklyn Brickman                               
-Molly Burke                                       
-Anita Dawson                                     
-Jennifer Dunlap  
-Craig Fisher                                        
-Steven Gutierrez                                             
-Tom Hale
-Dana Harper (Invited Artist)                                       
-Julia Hamilton
-Jonah Jacobs (Invited Artist)
-Gabe Kenney (Invited Artist)
-Sue King                                             
-Janette Knowles                                                                      
-Marty Kotter  

Kent Krugh*                                        

-Kim Landsbergen                                           
-Peng Fei Lin
-Becky Linhardt           
-Calista Lyon   

-Kim Covell Maurer
-Evie Moran
-Susan O’Connor*
-Jordan Reynolds
-Julie Riley
-Ken Rinaldo (Invited Artist)
-Brittany Robinson
-Destiny Ryan
-John Sabraw*
-Francis Schanberger
-David Skeens (Invited Artist)
-Nicholas Warndorf
-Roger Williams

*Award Winners, sponsored by CoverMyMeds

1st Place:
John Sabraw, “Stem Cell,” Charcoal on printed canvas

2nd Place:
Susan O’ Connor, “Teardrop,” Masking tape

3rd Place:
Kent Krugh, “Infinity,” X-ray produced by linear accelerator (archival pigment print)

  • Thursday, October 4 | Noon-1 PM | FREE
    Conversations & Coffee - Artist Talk

    Amy M. Youngs - Juror, Hypotheses with Curator, Amandda Tirey
  • Friday, October 5 | 7-9 PM | FREE
    Chamber Brews String Quartet Concert
    // Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, October 11 | Noon-1 PM | FREE
    Conversations & Coffee - Artist Talk

    TBA Award Winning Artists - Hypotheses
  • Saturday, October 13 | 11 AM-1 PM
    Glowie Monster Workshop with the Fuse Factory
    *Registration is required
  • Thursday, October 18 | Noon-1 PM | FREE
    Conversations & Coffee - Artist Talk
    Gabe Michael Kenney, Invited Artist - Hypotheses

  • Thursday, October 18 | 6-10 PM 
    B Movie Night at COSI After Dark
    *Tickets available at COSI, click here for discount
  • Friday, October 19 | 7-9 PM | FREE
    Anna and the Annadroids Dance Performance
    // Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 25 | Noon-1 PM | FREE
    Conversations & Coffee - Artist Talk
    Ken Rinaldo, Invited Artist - Hypotheses

  • Friday, November 2 | 7:30-10 PM | FREE
    "Frequency Fridays" experimental electronic music concert by the Fuse Factory
    // Doors open at 7 p.m.

  • Sunday, November 4 | 11 AM-3 PM
    Found Sound Workshop with the Fuse Factory
    *Registration is required
  • Saturday, November 10 | 7-10 PM | FREE
    Absolutely Absurd Science Party

Paul M. Sutter is COSI's chief scientist and an astrophysicist at Ohio State where he studies topics ranging from the earliest moments of the big bang to the largest structures in the universe. As Columbus' own "Agent to the Stars", Paul is a prolific popularizer of science. He is the author of Your Place in the Universe and frequently appears on national television, including the Science Channel's How the Universe Works, History Channel's In Search Of, and monthly segments on The Weather Channel. His writings can be found on, Scientific American, and more. His own podcast and YouTube series, Ask a Spaceman, is one of the most popular podcasts in the world, and his Space Radio show on WCBE is a local and national hit. In addition, Paul strives to combine science with the arts to reach new audiences. One of his latest projects, Song of the Stars, was a Kickstarter-backed dance performance which recently aired on PBS member stations across the country. Read more about Paul M. Sutter by clicking here.

Amy M. Youngs creates biological art, interactive sculptures, and digital media works that explore relationships between technology and our changing concept of nature and self. Research interests include: interactions with plants and animals, technological nature follies, constructed ecosystems, and seeing through the eyes of machines. Youngs has exhibited her works nationally and internationally at venues such as the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, the Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre in Norway, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. She has lectured widely at venues such as the Australian Center For the Moving Image in Australia and the Walker Art Center. She has published articles in Leonardo and Antennae and her work was profiled in the book, Art in Action, Nature, Creativity & our Collective Future. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at The Ohio State University, where she teaches media arts and eco arts courses.  Read more about Amy M. Youngs by clicking here. 

This project was supported [in part] by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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