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‘Symbiosis’ art exhibit unites art and biology on Nov. 29

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Courtesy Jorge Arturo Bradic

Neuroscience and cognitive science graduate Michael de Leon looks at artwork at 2015 “Symbiosis: An Exhibit of Biological Art” event. This year’s event features over 70 pieces of art from community members. 

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the Neuroscience Honor Society, Nu Rho Psi will be hosting “Symbiosis,” an art event that’s focused on the life sciences. The event will take place at the Environment and Natural Resources 2 building, room S107 from 5PM-7PM. Access is free of charge with donations available and 76 pieces of art from various artists across Tucson will be on display.

Nu Rho Psi will be running the event alongside the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Association of Students, an organization meant to supply resources for majors in that field. Both programs’ goals include supporting neuroscience academics, encouraging career development and promoting public awareness.

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This will be the third year of the event´s running.

“Symbiosis was formed two years ago as an attempt to celebrate the fusion of art and science,” said neuroscience and cognitive science senior Jorge Arturo Bradic, an ambassador in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Association of Students.

The overall goal of the event is to show that science isn’t as cut and dry as some like to think.

“The community got together to showcase how beautiful science can be,” Bradic said. “And so they decided, as a community, to start Symbiosis.”

Symbiosis also acts as a medium for artists to show off their work and bring attention to themselves. Seventy-six pieces have been submitted for this year’s event.

“We accept everything, from sculptures, to pictures, paintings and even musical performances,” Bradic said. “Anything that can be considered art.”

Some of the pieces will even be put up for auction.

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Visitors can make a $5 dollar donation at the entrance and all proceeds go toward funding for the programs and organizations that make this event possible.

“Last year’s event was very successful,” Bradic said. “We had around 80 submissions and 200 visitors.”

Participants and exhibitors echoed Bradic’s enthusiasm.

“I see this event not only as an opportunity to showcase my passion for biology and art, but also as a chance to meet fellow students and faculty with similar interests,” said neuroscience and cognitive science junior Jenna Ritchie. ” … My artwork mainly focuses on the interaction between humanity and our environment, and how other cultures value life.”

According to Bradic, the fact that the event celebrates a fusion of art and science is testament that both fields aren’t as different as people may think.


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