Microbes and Art: BioArtography, Shasti O’Leary Soudant, Microbes on Etsy, LuxArt

Finding Beauty Through a Microscope: BioArtography initiative – University of Michigan

An outdoor art fair may seem like an unlikely place to find stem cells. Or mouse kidneys. Or brain tumor cells. (…) But for a growing number of researchers, art fairs and galleries have become a way to reach the public. They’re taking the images they make in their labs and presenting — or even selling — them as art. One of the longest-running examples of this trend is the BioArtography initiative at the University of Michigan.

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Albright-Knox director: public art initiative helps create, strengthen biz partnerships – Tracey Drury – Bizjournals

Three new public art works announced Thursday by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery are providing additional opportunities for partnership and relationships in the region. (…) Also under development this summer is the Gut Flora sculpture by artist Shasti O’Leary Soudant. A half dozen 11-foot tall stainless steel structures will be installed at the new Allen Street NFTA Metro Rail station that will open into the new University at Buffalo School of Medicine. The works are inspired by the human body and serve as an analogy of how the public transit system connects the city and its people.

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10 Ways To Boost Your Microbiota On Etsy – Chris Taylor  – The Vexed Muddler

Each of us is a walking world of microbes… read on, though, before you start scrubbing! The few dangerous microorganisms tend to get all of the press, but the vast majority of the bacteria, protozoans, archaea, fungi and viruses are indifferent, or even beneficial to us. Artists draw inspiration from all sorts of unlikely sources – even your gut flora! This ‘probiotic’ collection of work created by scientifically minded crafters, is designed to foster appreciation and understanding of this hidden world, which we are just beginning to understand.

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Let it Glow – Let it Glow – It Can’t Hold it Back Anymore! – Anne Estes – Mostly Microbes

At first, the room is pitch black. My eyes adjust to the darkness and I see two eerie blue-green glowing columns of plastic petri dishes stacked on a table. “Ready? Hold still for 15 seconds”. Click…..click. “Lights”. So began the first #LuxArt portraiture session at the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) with Dr. Mark O. Martin, University of Puget Sound.

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