Seaworthy Art & Science

Visiting the Exhibit? The paintings are on the 3rd floor of Ebling Library. There is a group on the top of the stairs, then go across the walkway, over the atrium, and there is another grouping by the elevator, and also down the long gallery to the right. The exhibit is open when the Ebling is open (see hours, top right on home page). Parking is free after 4:30 in various lots surrounding the Health Sciences Learning Center. The UW Hospital Parking Ramp is also nearby. Thank you for your interest.

If you’d like to hear a bit more about the discoveries made while researching the Seaworthy exhibit, consider attending the January 11th Wednesday Nite @ the Lab, where Micaela will be talking about the installation of the exhibit.

Our heartfelt thanks to the 100 or so people who came to listen to Cindy Lee Van Dover (oceanographer, on the left-showing a map of the dive sites) and Karen Jacobsen (illustrator, on the right) and  talk about art and science, in their exhibit, Beyond the Edge of the Sea (BTES). They gave an impromptu tour to people who arrived at the beginning of the event, describing their work together in the Alvin submersible, the process by which Karen’s stunning illustrations are rendered, and the realities of scientific and artistic life at sea. Their informally formal presentation explored their careers, the importance of understanding how deep sea mining can affect hydrothermal environments, and taking questions and answers from the audience. An audience that contained children with an interest in art and oceanography, oceanographers, geologists, students in the fine arts, health science students, faculty and staff, and zoologists.

This wonderful collegial mixture meant that lots of insightful comments were addressed by Karen, Cindy and Micaela, the history of health science librarian who curated the other exhibit, Seaworthy: A History of Maritime Medicine, which also officially opened that evening. We would also like to thank Brooke Norsted, Assistant Director for the Geology Museum, Richard Slaughter, the Director of the Geology Museum, and NASA who funded the traveling exhibit, Beyond the Edge of the Sea, from the Muscarelle Museum in Virginia. Final thanks go to our intrepid health sciences students, who were asked to give up of a portion of their quiet study space so the reception could proceed. BTES remains open until January 31, 2012;  Seaworthy until the end of March. Tours of either exhibit are available, contact Micaela:

Representative watercolor from Karen Jacobsen. Photograph by Micaela Sullivan-Fowler.  For more photographs, see this story from UW-Madison’s Laura Damon-Moore, Library-as-Incubator and this great article by Badger Herald writer, Joe Nistler.

     Giant Tubeworms & Mussels, East Pacific Rise

  Majid Spider Crab & Ridgeia Tubeworms

Paralomis multispinus

Black Smoker Shrimp & Visitor