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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 delighted to present the enigmatic chromogenic photograms of California-based artist Richard Slechta from January 16 through April 26, 2015.

Slechta’s art process is a simple one: light = color.  It is the basic premise of how we perceive our natural world, only with Slechta’s art; there is a very specific place and time of this occurrence.  John Cage once said, “There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time.  There is always something to see, something to hear.”  In Slechta’s photograms, that principle is turned into moments of transience.

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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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The Museum of Arts and Sciences is pleased to present The Weather is Turning Weird: Data Visualizations by Nathalie Miebach.

This exhibition is on display now through January 4, 2015 and features the work of nationally recognized artist Nathalie Miebach. Miebach focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Ten of her woven sculptures, made of colorful reeds, rope, wood, and beads currently on display at the Museum of Arts and Sciences represent mammoth storms. Using the methodologies of both disciplines, she translates scientific data related to astronomy, ecology, and meteorology into colorful, intricate, tactile woven sculptures. Because weaving provides an effective grid through which she interprets data in three-dimensional space, her work lets us consider data from new perspectives.

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Abrasion Holography by James Minden The Museum of Arts and Sciences is pleased to present Black & Light, an exhibition that gives each viewer a unique experience because no two people see the same thing at the same time.

Black & Light, on display now through November 2, 2014, features groundbreaking abrasion holograms—by artist James Minden—that appear to be three-dimensional. As a viewer moves around each piece of art, the item changes its appearance.

Not only is the viewer’s experience unique, the painter and printmaker admits that he hasn’t found many other artists experimenting with this new art medium.

Because of the interactive nature of Black & Light, there is no doubt that this exhibition must be seen in person to be believed.

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