VISTA students’ work on display in ‘Synthesis’ exhibit at Masur Museum

Ten Louisiana Tech VISTA students will have their work displayed next to work by 26 professional artists from around the world beginning Thursday, Dec. 12, at a special exhibit at Masur Museum in Monroe.

Illustration of cells“Synthesis: Art and Nature in the Post-Digital Age” is an art- and science-themed exhibit. 

The exhibit opens Thursday evening with a free reception from 5-7 p.m. Masur Museum of Art Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Lindsay Kearney, artist and guest curator Hannah Schilsky, artist Breht O’Hearn, and artist Shavana Smiley will speak at 6.

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This exhibition includes 3D-printed sculpture, Virtual Reality, special effects animation, interactive smartphone filters, digital painting, and traditional media.

“It was an honor for our students to be selected,” said professor Nick Bustamante, Studio Art Chair in Tech’s School of Design. “VISTA student work in the field of scientific visualization, recognized for its high artistic value and ability to communicate complex scientific concepts, demonstrates the strength of the interdisciplinary engagement at Louisiana Tech University.”

The 10 students the Masur Museum selected are studio art majors Jaime Baker, Emily Edwards, Michaela Franklin, Jordyn Houldridge, Meredith Spence, Lisa Thomson, and Ben Wreyford, and graphic design majors Almira Bradford, Chelsea Ellis, and Ashley Williams. 

Tech’s VISTA (Visual Integration of Science Through Art) Center offers two interdisciplinary minors — Pre-Medical Illustration and Scientific Visualization — where faculty from art, biology, and engineering work together to offer students a unique opportunity to communicate science through art.

Learn more about VISTA here.

“As our technology advances it is easy to believe that we have grown very far from our natural selves,” a release concerning the exhibit reads. “Many people fear the state of our Post-Digital world, consumed by screens and overwhelmed by targeted advertisements and social media, as technology becomes more completely integrated into our everyday lives. The artists in this exhibition look past the blip of the digital screen and into the future – a future in which the boundaries between nature and technology blur completely. 

The exhibit runs through Feb. 8.