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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks:
Paintings by Kathy Stark
February 25 – May 29
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.
Images of Florida’s First Coast:
Photographs by Will Dickey
February 19 – March 30
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.
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.