Figure 1. The Microbial Worlds exhibit premiered on February 3, 2017, at Well Street Art Company in Fairbanks, Alaska (top left and lower images), to a record-setting audience of over 900 attendees in one evening, accounting for 2.5% of the City of Fairbanks population. The exhibit includes original art works and writings by Alaskan artists Susan Campbell, Annie Duffy, Nancy Hausle-Johnson, Jessie Hedden, Eric Henderson, Mariah Henderson, Margo Klass, Debbie Clarke Moderow, Jennifer Moss, Ree Nancarrow, Gail Priday, and Sara Tabbert, Brooklyn artist Stephanie Rae Dixon, and San Diego artist Charlotte Bird. Mary Beth Leigh, ITOC director and professor of microbiology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), directed the project. Artists in the program developed works inspired by the world of microorganisms, including their visual beauty and many roles in human and environmental health. The artistic media represented included painting, sculpture, tile, printmaking, textile art, artist books, writing (poetry and memoir/essay), and multimedia works. The exhibit subsequently toured to multiple venues, including the University of Oklahoma (top right).
Four photographs show people standing in different gallery and museum spaces where artwork is hanging on the walls, set on pedestals, or suspended from the ceiling. Some people are looking intently at the artwork, others are talking with each other, and some are pointing at artwork while talking. In several images, there are dozens of people who are very crowded together in the space.
Photos by Todd Paris and Mary Beth Leigh