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Nano Art

WonderLab provides opportunities for people to explore the connections between science and the arts.

Alex Straiker winning Nano Art imageNano Art
On display through October 2014
Experience the compelling beauty of biological and physical structures on the nano- and micro-size scale as captured by electron microscopy and other scientific technologies. Fourteen images were selected by a panel of artists and scientists for this exhibition from among 58 entries. Artwork chosen for display is by Cecile Berne, Rhyan Docter, Courtney Ellison, Jun Liu, Gavin Murphy, Jim Powers, and Alex Straiker. The image of neurons in the brain (above), by Alex Straiker, won the People's Choice Award. Museum visitors voted throughout the summer on the image to receive this award. 

"Neurons are sometimes studied in isolation from the brain. In this image, neurons (stained in green) have been grown on a feeder layer of astrocytes, the internal filaments of which are shown in red. Cell nuclei are shown in light blue. Astrocytes are the most abundant cell of the human brain. They perform many functions, including delivery of nutrients to the nervous tissue, maintaining ion balance, and repair of the brain and spinal cord following traumatic injuries," explained Straiker.

Nano Art is made possible with funding from the City of Bloomington Arts Commission, Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.