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 MOSHcurator@themosh.org.
Sarah Crooks Flaire
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.
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.