Aurora Public Art gallery reopens Aug. 6 with 'Accelerating Inspiration: Art from Fermilab'

  • "Accelerating Inspiration: Art from Fermilab"

    "Accelerating Inspiration: Art from Fermilab"

Updated 7/30/2021 11:05 PM

Aurora Public Art's gallery at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center will reopen on Friday, Aug. 6, with new show entitled, "Accelerating Inspiration: Art from Fermilab."

"Accelerating Inspiration" features the work of three artists with three unique visions, expressing their artistic connections to Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia.


From its founding, the lab has encouraged the use of art to connect complex ideas with the public.

Jim Jenkins' kinetic sculptures and repurposed materials express objects in plain view or secrets deeply hidden.

Lindsay Olson's richly embroidered and beaded textiles connect viewers with the Standard Model, the discovery of the Higgs boson and neutrino research at the lab.

Georgia Schwender's meticulous and expressive cyanotype process prints of bubble chamber images link the long history of particle accelerator research at the lab.

All three artists are passionate about their artistic practice and continue to accelerate inspiration from Fermilab.

"This show highlights and celebrates the connections between Art and Science," states Jenn Byrne Evans, Public Art Direct. "It is an excellent show to reopen the gallery after 16 months of being closed due to COVID-19."

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The exhibit will run from Aug. 6-Sept. 25. An opening reception will take place on Friday, Aug. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. The artists will provide a gallery talk at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

Regular gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

The city of Aurora is following CDC, state, and county health guidelines for COVID safety measures. Visitors who have not been vaccinated must wear a mask in all areas of the David L. Pierce Center. For fully vaccinated individuals, masks are still appreciated, but not required. Please maintain the suggested 6-foot social distancing guidance while indoors. These guidelines are subject to change.

The gallery and all events are sponsored by the City of Aurora. All are free and open to the public. Updates will be available on Aurora Public Art's social media pages (@AuroraPublicArt on Facebook and Instagram).

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