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BHSU professors discuss the connection between art and science

 
A group of panelists, including two Black Hills State University professors, will engage in a discussion on the connection of art and science, a theme that has also been the subject of a statewide traveling art exhibit. The discussion is Wednesday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City and will be held in conjunction with the exhibit’s month-long stop at the Dahl.
A group of panelists, including two Black Hills State University professors, will engage in a discussion on the connection of art and science, a theme that has also been the subject of a statewide traveling art exhibit. The discussion is Wednesday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City and will be held in conjunction with the exhibit’s month-long stop at the Dahl.

The exhibit titled “Into the Dark: Artists Exploring Dark Matter” began in Lead last summer and features 22 prominent South Dakota artists’ unique interpretations of dark matter, one of nature’s most profound mysteries and something that has yet to be seen or felt. The two-part exhibit also features a photographic exploration of the conversion of the former Homestake Gold Mine into a world leading underground research facility. The photo exhibit includes images taken by Steve Babbitt, professor of photography at BHSU, and Matt Kapust, BHSU alum and multimedia specialist at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. The exhibit runs from July 25 – August 30.

Babbitt and Kapust, along with Gina Gibson, BHSU professor of mass communication, and Dana Byram, a science coordinator at Sanford Lab, will lead the panel discussion titled “When Art and Science Collide.”

Babbitt said there is a definite connection between art and science noting that the basic foundational questions that you deal with in both art and science involves solving problems in a creative way.

“You can’t be a great scientist by just being able to remember everything you hear and you can’t be a great artist because you can draw something accurately. There is something more to those things – a creative element, a spark. You need that in order to create something new and interesting.”

Prior to creating their pieces, the artists were invited to tour the 4,850-level of the Sanford Lab where they had the opportunity to talk with scientists about their research on dark matter, including their attempts to detect dark matter through the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment.

The exhibition includes a wide range of media from painting and sculpture to printmaking and mixed media.

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