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3/17/2003 Science and art converge for Linfield exhibit

McMINNVILLE – Five Portland artists will display work relating to science at the Fine Art Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield College April 9 through May 9.

An opening reception for the exhibit, "Aesthetics of Science," will be held Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The show will include work by Liz Obert, Heidi Schwegler, Laura Fritz, Geraldine Ondrizek and Mark Rupert. Mixed media, photographs, books, video and conceptual work, all relating to science, will be displayed. For example, Ondrizek uses the double helix of DNA as an emerging pattern in her work and Rupert takes photographs of the atomic structure.

The subject of science has become increasingly popular to artists since science has become an important element of our culture and scientific breakthroughs are constantly in the headlines, said Liz Obert, Linfield assistant professor of art and curator of the exhibit. She will display work relating to pathogens and microscopic photos of biological and architectural scenes.

"It's an interesting link," she added. "People generally don't think of art and science being related but they are. There is a beauty to science and the two often cross over the same conceptual platforms."

Obert has participated in art exhibitions throughout the Northwest, as well as in New Mexico and New York. Most recently she exhibited in Portland in a group show, "Emergence," at the Littman Gallery at Portland State University (PSU) and a solo show at Omni Gallery. She obtained a bachelor of fine arts degree from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and a master of fine arts from Washington State University.

Schwegler earned an MFA in Metalsmithing from the University of Oregon and is represented by Savage Gallery in Portland. She has participated in a variety of group shows, including "Material Explorations" at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in New York, "Transmutations" at the University of Texas, El Paso, and the 1999 Oregon Biennial. Her work has been recognized regionally and nationally in "Metalsmith" and "ArtNews." She is the founder of the studio “CLINIC” and teaches at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and Clackamas Community College.

Fritz received a BFA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She has shown her work in Oregon, California, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Iowa. Recent Portland solo shows include "Specimens//Speculations" at Fleck Gallery in 2002 and "Dissections" at Nil Contemporary Art in 2001. She has also exhibited work in group shows including "Portland Independent Salon" at Bollenbach Art Labs in 2001 and "Emergence" at PSU's Littman Gallery in 2002.

Ondrizek is associate professor of art at Reed College. She received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from the University of Washington. She teaches courses in sculpture, drawing and artist books. She was artist-in-residence at the Kunstseminar in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, last fall, and is currently artist-in-residence at Gas Works in London, England. Recent solo exhibitions include “Recording Bird Songs” at PSU's Littman Gallery and “Stem Cells and Cellular Tissues” at Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University.

Rupert is a photographer and multi-media artist who has participated in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions. He is currently teaching as an adjunct instructor at the Oregon College of Art & Craft, Lewis & Clark College, and the Sylvania branch of Portland Community College.

The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To reach the gallery, from 99W turn on Keck Drive, across from Roth’s market in south McMinnville. Follow the drive to the main parking lot. The art gallery is located at the west end of the parking lot. For more information, call 503-883-2275.