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Northwestern Scientific Images exhibit opens at ETHS on December 10

December 6, 2019  2:30pm CT


Artwork displaying on a wall


A collaborative project between Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School features scientific images as part of the annual Northwestern Scientific Images Contest. A free public reception and viewing will take place on Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00pm in the ETHS auditorium gallery, located at 1600 Dodge Ave.


The exhibit is a collaboration between Northwestern University’s Science in Society Center, the Northwestern/ETHS Partnership Office, and the ETHS fine arts and science departments. The joint exhibition will include scientific images taken in Northwestern research labs and student work including sculpture, painting, and collage from different ETHS art classes. A photography project from physics students capturing science in action is also on display.


The integrated display reflects the fluid art-science boundaries of the individual pieces, encouraging dialogue through class discussions and public programs. Both researchers and student artists will be part of the December 10 evening event where the Northwestern Scientific Images Contest prize-winners and the ETHS People’s Choice Award winner will be announced. In November, ETHS students had the opportunity to view the works, meet the Northwestern scientists behind the images, and vote for their favorite Northwestern image.


The ETHS auditorium gallery is open to visitors attending public events held in the high school auditorium. The scientific images exhibit will be on display through December 20.


About the Scientific Images Contest


Northwestern’s Scientific Images Contest, running annually since 2010, brings current research images and conversation into public spaces. The same scientific research that generates new understanding and innovation also brings unexpected and often breathtaking beauty. Northwestern University's annual scientific images contest celebrates and showcases the aesthetic side of research. 


Submitted by Northwestern University researchers, these images represent advances across a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, genetics, chemistry, engineering, and nanotechnology. Judged by an interdisciplinary panel of local artists, scientists, and community leaders, each image comes from a Northwestern research project and cannot be fundamentally altered from its original form. In essence, the images represent both scientific data and art.


The winning images have been displayed throughout the Chicagoland area, including WBEZ's studio on Navy Pier, Harold Washington Library, Evanston Public Library, the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, WBEZ's North Side Community Bureau, the Chicago Science Festival, and the Evanston Arts Center.


The contest also serves as a science communications training platform by offering winning scientists the opportunity to participate in outreach events at local schools, libraries, and community centers.


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