Art In Science 2018 Date

Hello all!

Art in Science has finalized a date for 2018. Our exhibition will primarily be displayed at the Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park in Wilmington, Delaware. Our main exhibition event “Art in Science” will be taking place to the Blue Ball Barn on Friday May 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. You’ll be able to enjoy a night of creative artwork developed by researchers at the University of Delaware. Prints can be purchased of your favorite images.

The call for submissions will be starting soon in the new year. Keep your eye out for more updates!

Waxing from Crescent to Supermoon

You may have noticed this weekend, and over the past week, the moon was particularly bright. This was because just yesterday on Sunday a supermoon occurred, lighting up the sky.

A supermoon is a phenomenon that occurs when the moon is full and near its perigee, which is when the moon orbits closest to Earth. The alignment allows the moon to appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal. This is rare due to the moon’s elliptical orbit, which is not in sync with its perigee often.

However, what is more common to see are the phases of the moon, which goes through a cycle of waxing and waning from crescents to full moons.

If you missed the supermoon, here is another representation of the moon through science. The featured artwork from Hetty Nie (Biomedical Engineering 2016) is aptly called Phases of the Moon.

The image was produced from through confocal microscopy by scanning a laser across a think film of gold which removes a non-adhesive layer from the gold surface. This then allows fluorescent protein to adsorb onto the areas that were scanned. From the right top corner there is a very faint dusting of gold that is left, which looks like the beginning of a new moon. As you travel to the bottom left corner, there is more residue of gold left behind, which incrementally look like the moon waxing into a crescent, until it reaches a full moon at the end.

Delaware First Features Art in Science

Once again Art in Science is leaving it’s blueprint bit by bit. This time we had a few pieces of art that were featured on canvases at Delaware First Campaign and the UD Presidential Campaign Launch. Our artwork is quite novel, the way we’re displaying our research with a creative and artistic platform. Words going around that the President and his guests were highly impressed! Attendees of the event included President Dennis Assanis, Vice President Joe Biden, and several Board of Trustee members. Check out the pieces of art that were chosen to be displayed at the event.

One of the pieces A Fiber of Your Imagination by Jillian Emerson (2017) was printed onto multiple pieces of canvas that were arranged to create kaleidoscope effect. This was captured using optical microscopy in reflection mode.

“For millennia, humans have been looking to the skies and finding shapes in the clouds and stars. As new technologies have emerged,  it has become possible to turn the imagination towards the microscale. This optical micrograph depict the result of the introduction of a small particulate matter during solution casting pf polymer blends. The fiber produced small changes in thickness near the defect site in the resulting thin film, creating color gradients in the sample, and disrupted the local blend structure. Like making shapes in the clouds or connecting the stars, the interpretation of this image is up to you. The question remains: what do you see?”

The second piece Bringhurst Gabbro by William “Sandy” Schenck (2016) was imaged through polarized light microscopy showing a plagioclase-olivine-pyroxene-hornblende gabbro.

“A Celebration of Innovation and Inspiration” launch event for “Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware” held in Clayton Hall on November 10th, 2017. – (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)
Development & Alumni Relations rolls out the the Delaware First Campaign Launch at Clayton Hall, Friday, November 10th, 2017 with President Dennis Assanis, Vice President Joe Biden and several Board of Trustee members along with faculty & staff.

The Ghost in the Lab Dish?

One of the artwork from this year’s Art in Science was featured in the NIH Director’s Blog!

Here’s an excerpt from Dr. Collin’s post.

“As Halloween approaches, lots of kids and kids-at-heart will be watching out for ghosts and goblins. So, to help meet the seasonal demand for scary visuals, I’d like to share this award-winning image that’s been packaged into a brief video. The “ghoul” you see above is no fleeting apparition: it’s a mouse cell labelled to reveal its microtubules, which are dynamic filaments involved in cellular structure, transport, and motility.”

Check out the blog post to learn more!

Thank You For Your Submissions

Hey Everyone,

Thank you for allow of your submissions for Art in Science 2017. We have selected the top 40 submissions that we will print and hang in ISE Lab at the University of Delaware from April 14th-May 1st and at Blue Ball Barn from May 5th – June 4th.  The printed images come from a variety of researches within 13 different departments at the University of Delaware. Emails will be sent out soon to all of those who submitted their art work.

See you all in ISE lab and at Blue Ball Barn!

Art in Science 2017 Has a Date!

Hello Everyone,

We have finalized the dates and locations for the 2017 “Art in Science” exhibit.  The exhibit will be on display in two locations this year, the Harker ISE lab at the University of Delaware and Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park in Wilmington, Delaware. From April 14th – May 1st, the exhibit will be displayed in the Harker ISE lab. The exhibit will then travel to Blue Ball Barn on May 5th, where it will reside until June 1st. We will have our “Art in Science” event on May 5th at Blue Ball Barn where you can peruse the exhibit, purchase prints of your favorite image, and enjoy the wonderful scenery of Alapocas Run State Park.

The call for submissions will start early next week and will close on March 20th


Thank You!

Thank you very much for making our first year hosting Art in Science a successful event! We had nearly 200 attendees which was amazing.

We hope to have your continued support in the future.


Exhibit Locations


The exhibits will be on display in the Harker Lab across from the student spaces (111,216,316,411) on all four floors. Below are snapshots of the exhibits. Thank you again for your continued support.

First Floor Exhibit
Second Floor Exhibit
Third Floor Exhibit
Fourth Floor Exhibit

Exhibit Open

The Art in Science Exhibit on all four floors of the Harker lab are now open for viewing!

For those who submitted, you should have received an email from us. Because we are using an email address from gmail rather than udel, please check your spam folders. We were only recently alerted of this issue, some of these emails may be from a couple of weeks back.

Thank you again for your continued patience and support.