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IGB Art of Science Images Featured at O’Hare Airport

February 24, 2014

IGB Art of Science Images Featured at O’Hare Airport

The traveling art exhibition featuring research images from the Institute for Genomic Biology makes its way to Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

Travelers passing through O’Hare International Airport can now enjoy beautiful imagery from the pioneering research taking place at the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois.

Located in Terminal 3 near the Concourse G Rotunda, 24 works from the “Art of Science: Images from the Institute for Genomic Biology” exhibit showcase a variety of subjects, from kidney stones to bee brains to plant cell walls (see a map of the art locations here).

“The goal of the Chicago Department of Aviation Arts and Exhibits Program is to enhance travelers’ airport experience by presenting engaging and enlightening art and exhibits throughout Chicago’s airports. The Institute for Genomic Biology’s Art of Science exhibitions at O’Hare and Midway International Airports reflect University of Illinois research that addresses significant issues facing the world's environment,” said Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation.

The Art of Science exhibition is also on display at the Chicago Midway International Airport, located in Concourse A.

“These images represent much more than art,” said Glenn Fried, Director of the IGB’s Core Facilities, a biological microscopy and image analysis suite that provides faculty and students with state-of-the-art imaging tools and expertise. “They represent scientific breakthroughs and discoveries that will impact how we treat human diseases, produce abundant food, and fuel a technologically-driven society.”

The artwork reflects the IGB’s collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to addressing some of the grand challenges that exist today in health, energy, agriculture and the environment. The collection’s managing artist, Kathryn Faith Coulter, works with researchers to choose and also enhance some images for display, and also serves as the Institute’s multimedia design specialist. “To have science be accessible to everyone through images and described in a way that helps us to understand it is refreshing," said Coulter.

In addition to O’Hare and Midway, images are on display in the communal areas of the Champaign Willard Airport. The Art of Science 4.0 exhibit will be held April 3–7, 2014 at the indi go Artist Co-Op gallery, with an opening reception on April 3. Links to images from previous exhibits can be found on the IGB Community Education page.

If you're traveling through O'Hare don't forget to submit your photo for our Art of Science Contest!

February 24, 2014
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