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The Museum of Arts and Sciences has invited a leading vertebrate paleontologist to shed new light on “Ziggy,” its 40-million-year-old Zygorhiza whale fossil and one of Georgia’s most valuable treasures. A public lecture is planned for February 26, 2015, at 7PM. Currently, the Museum classifies its Ziggy as genus zygorhiza, a subfamily of the dorudontinae species of ancient whales. A great deal of new scientific research has been uncovered in recent years about the dorudontinae species of ancient whales, which may impact the Museum’s educational programming. In February, the Museum will bring Dr. Mark Uhen, one of the nation’s leading vertebrate paleontologists, to Macon to review the fossil and consider the need for a reclassification of Ziggy from Zygorhiza to Dorudon serratus.

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The Museum of Arts and Sciences is proud to announce the exhibition of Macon Artist, Betty Bivins Edwards. This exhibition opens Friday, January 23 and runs through April 26, 2015.

Steeped in the Southern legacy of storytelling, together with a sensitivity for place, Betty Bivins Edwards finds narration in art altogether natural. What she has to say about the South, however, is far from mere anecdote. Rather, in the tradition of her fellow Georgian writer Flannery O’Connor, she uses stinging wit and ironic humor to underscore the contradictions of a society clinging with only subliminal awareness to the assumptions of the past. This adherence to worn-out notions is all the more desperate, Edwards implies, because of the wrenching changes brought on by contemporary life.

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“Art Rocks” is open through February 22, 2015 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS). This exhibition explores the earth science of Providence Canyon State Park (in Lumpkin, GA) and the art of en plein aire landscape painting. It is an exhibition of landscape paintings by Professor of Art William Jones alongside a geologic survey of the canyons by Professor of Earth Sciences Dr. James Hyatt, both from Eastern Connecticut State University. These two faculty members spent years investigating the art and sciences of the canyons. Rocks and Minerals from the Museum’s Education Collection are also on display.

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Voyage Around the World The Museum of Arts and Sciences is proud to display Voyage Around the World, an exhibition of award-winning model ships built by Ronald Wetmore, through January 4, 2015.

The hand-built scale models—tall sailing ships, a riverboat, and an infamous passenger liner—are of ships that charted important historical voyages, battles, and/or tragedies.

These ships include USS Constitution, HMS Bounty, HMS Victory, Santisima Trinidad, RMS Titanic, and a Mississippi Paddlewheeler.

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Discovery House "Light Box" With great fanfare during the “Grand Reopening” celebrations, the Museum of Arts and Sciences relaunched its distinctive Discovery House, the interactive museum for children, which offers new excitement for Kids of All Ages!

The area was closed for almost three months while new exhibits were being installed and existing stations updated.

Visitors are greeted at the entrance by Ziggy, the Museum’s 40 million-year-old whale fossil, and the “Gesturing Woman” by Viola Frey, scholar and artist known for her larger-than-life, colorfully glazed clay sculptures.

Once you’re past Ziggy, “Gesturing Woman,” and the Polar Bear in the main floor’s Parlor, a ride on the elevator opens up entirely new experiences.

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