March 22, 2011

Exhibition Merges Art and Science at the KU Natural History Museum

Juniper, by artist Roger Spohn

More than 150 years after its first publication, Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species inspires the way artists look at the world, from the curl of an opossum’s tail to the stark twisted bark of a juniper tree.

Artistic renderings of these specimens and other scenes from the natural world form “Evolve! Adapt to Survive,” an art exhibition presented by the KU Natural History Museum Student Advisory Board. Artists from across northeast Kansas interpreted a quote from Charles Darwin about evolution and survival to create the art included in the exhibition.

An opening reception will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, April 1 at the museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. Admission is free; refreshments will be provided. The exhibition opening will include a performance by the band the Oils.

The exhibition, which is organized and curated by the advisory board, will remain on view in the Stairwell Gallery of the museum through spring of 2012.