Adding Art to ‘STEM’ at the North Museum
Jan 02, 2016 08:17AM
The North Museum of Nature and Science is leading the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education evolution by bringing the world of art into the conversation this winter. A newly installed second floor artist gallery will highlight the art component of STEAM (‘A’ for art). The museum is partnering with local artists on unique installations that showcase how the principles of STEM, as well as the natural world, have influenced their work. Local artists whose work is inspired by nature or science are welcome to apply for consideration.
Covering more than 220 feet of wall space, the gallery will showcase artists’ interpretations of various aspects of science and nature. The exhibit will provide an informal learning experience through observation, and visitors will experience the artists’ appreciation through their abstract, conceptual and realistic expressions of animals, astronomy, nature, biology, anatomy and more.
One such artist is Noelle Turco, who finds inspiration in discarded items, which may be applied energetically to her mixed media art. She uses torn paper, crayons, watercolor, ink, pastels, oil paint, wire, thread, acrylic, found objects, material and more to create unique stories that unfold into vibrant visual journeys.
The mission of the North Museum of Nature and Science is to inspire curiosity, discovery and a lifelong appreciation of nature, science and cultures through educational exhibits, collections and programs. The museum rotates over 360,000 collections’ items within its exhibits, where hands-on exploration and learning is encouraged. A Dinosaur Gallery is planned for this winter and new programs and events are offered regularly for a variety of age groups.