Arts integration explores the connection between art and science. The value of art to scientific advancement is evident: art fosters innovation, encourages divergent and convergent thinking, and provides for broad-ranging cultural perspectives. The Arts Infusion Program at MOSH is dedicated to the integration of arts – performing art, visual art and written word – into exhibits and programming. MOSH is honored to have Regions Bank as a sponsor for the Arts Infusion Program. Regions Bank’s generous contribution supports visual arts exhibitions, helping showcase work by local artists in support of the Museum’s mission to inspire the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history.
MOSH integrates art into its programs and exhibits in an effort to connect with visitors on a multitude of senses.
For more information about MOSH’s Local Artist Program, contact our Curator at email@example.com.
The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks:
Paintings by Kathy Stark
February 25 – Sept 4
The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks, a partnership between Timucuan Parks Foundation and MOSH’s 2017 Artist in Residence, Kathy Stark, is intended to inspire people to experience Jacksonville’s extensive and unique park system and
to support the nonprofit groups that preserve and protect our land and water.
Kathy Stark is a Jacksonville native who specializes in watercolor and oil painting. In 2013, she was inspired by a crowd-funded festival to venture out into all of the area’s parks and preserves and create large-scale paintings from her experiences. For three years she researched each place – online and by foot, bike, canoe and kayak – and became a parks advocate and ambassador in the process.
Arts Infusion Youth Edition
Informed Art Project:
Works of Art by Area High School Students
June 24 – August 3
As part of its Arts Infusion Program, MOSH encourages youth to explore the connections between art and science. MOSH, in partnership with area high schools, has developed the Informed Art Project, in which students produce works of art that tell unique stories, guided by curriculum requirements but open to artist interpretation. In producing their works, students are encouraged to incorporate scientific principles accurately and precisely. Their art pieces are displayed at the Jacksonville Science Festival and selected works are showcased at MOSH.
Princess Simpson Rashid
Princess Simpson Rashid is an American painter, printmaker, blogger, art activist, competitive sport-fencer and coach. Her current body of work explores the relationship between color, perception and symbolism.Rashid has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums, art centers, galleries and alternative art spaces across the United States including the Pacific Grove Art Center in Pacific Grove, CA, Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA, Tempus-Projects in Tampa, FL and the CoRk Art District in Jacksonville, FL.
See Simpson’s work on display in the JEA Science Theater and in the Pre-K Classrooms at MOSH.
November 11 – February 26
As MOSH’s 2016 Artist in Residence, Sarah Crooks Flaire explores the landscape of natural springs as a metaphor for the heart of our St. Johns River. Rooted in her personal mythology of Red Pearl River, where she redirects her energy daily from consumptive to creative partnership, Bearing Witness explores the tension between domestication and wild that the St. Johns River struggles with daily.
Like liquid light bubbling from underground darkness, water emerges from mystery and flows through our collective subconscious, bringing archetypes and stories. Worldwide, Original Peoples revered water as sacred and celebrated this gift of life by honoring its purity.
Fountains of youth belonged to everyone, and springs were historically sites for Councils of Reconciliation. In this current time of global climate change, we too have the opportunity to honor our water. Through conscious choices, we can move away from anthropocentric living towards reciprocity with the natural world.
Sarah Crooks Flaire is an artist and certified Florida Master Naturalist who earned the 2016 Ninah May Holden Cummer Award for artfully connecting people with the environment. She delights in creating tools and images that combine art and science while nurturing positive relationships with the natural world. Her work has been collected by corporations and healing centers, and her solo exhibitions include installations at Henry P. Leu Botanical Gardens, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and the Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts. To schedule a workshop, purchase a piece in this exhibition, or to learn more, please visit www.sarahcrooksflaire.com.
February 19 – March 30
Images of Florida’s First Coast:
Photographs by Will Dickey
Will Dickey has been a Jacksonville resident since he became a staff photographer for The Florida Times-Union in 1983. News events, environmental portraits, sports, business, digital illustrations and features are among his daily assignments for the newspaper. His work has also been featured in Water’s Edge, Florida Trend, Newsweek and Time magazines, the ABC Evening News and National Geographic’s website.
Dickey has won regional and national awards for his newspaper work, but he has a special respect for nature and for the beauty of northeast Florida, especially the Timucuan Preserve, the St. Johns River and the Atlantic coastline.
The waterways and woods are his passion, professionally and personally, and photographing them is something of a return to his roots. He grew up in Alabama and wet his first hook as a young child, fishing alongside his father and uncles in the creeks and ponds of his hometown Chatom, north of Mobile. In high school and college (Auburn University) he developed an interest in photography and turned his camera to nature.
Dickey’s images of First Coast landscapes have been displayed in local art galleries and outdoor art festivals for the past several years. You can see more of Dickey’s nature photography at www.willdickey.com and his editorial photography at www.willdickeyphotography.zenfolio.com.
April 1 – May 21
Assemblages by Crystal Floyd
My works explore themes of nature, storytelling and adaptive reuse. From my love of natural history, I construct sculptural vignettes as cabinets of curiosities. I employ preserved insects, taxonomical items, natural artifacts, living plants and artificial objects in my work to activate magical narratives — collecting, cataloging and documenting in hopes that my works transcend the appropriated objects and transfer the viewer into a world that they have created.
These pieces are not about glorifying death but rather honoring and celebrating life, paying homage to the repeating patterns and cycles therein. Most of the items used are personally collected during nature outings, meticulously selected from private collections or gifted by other like-minded adventurers and lovers of the natural world in hopes that they will find new life and appreciation. The items in these cases carry personal significance to me, weaving new narratives and finding new perspectives between the static specimens contained within and the active memories that surround them.
For more visit: www.crystalfloyd.com.
April 1 – June 22
Decoding the Infinite Forest:
Photographs by Doug Eng
How do you photograph a forest? A forest presents itself along a path, creating an immersive and timeless experience, unfolding in a progression. Most photographs depict a contained space at a moment in time. I am interested in extending both of these dimensions.
A “forest” is conceptually unconstrained and without bounds. By creating a long window into the scene with no sky/foreground elements, I intended to imply the infinite and replicate what our normal field of vision would see on a trail. The forest is presented consistently as an objective composition within this frame. My interest is to study multiple locations, subjects, and types to determine if there is a visual signature unique to each condition, appealing to my engineering disposition to rationalize the chaos that is the forest. This code becomes apparent only when viewing multiple tree forms as they become the notes, chords, rests and tempo of a musical score.
Our culture of consumption continues to have a devastating effect on our forests. As a witness to the miraculous place any forest can be, my hope is that this project may, in some way, contribute to the wisdom to conserve, manage and protect these living resources.
Trained as an engineer and software programmer, Jacksonville native Doug Eng is a photographer and installation artist whose work may be seen at www.dougengart.com.