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MOSI displays Sunworks art exhibit

07-08-2008 09:12 AM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: MOSI Tampa, FL - Museum of Science & Industry

Now through August 6, MOSI is displaying a collection of solar-themed artworks from around the globe entitled Sunworks, inside the Kids In Charge! children’s science center as a part of a celebration for the grand opening of The Saunders Planetarium.

On Saturday, July 12, 2008 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. guests can enjoy daytime solar viewings courtesy of the NASA Soho Project. A NASA liaison will set up telescopes and allow guests to view the sun in action as well as provide a demonstration on UV Rays. During that evening, guests can also join MOSI for SkyWatch from 8 - 10 p.m. and receive solar-related giveaways—while supplies last. SkyWatch is FREE and open to the public (weather-permitting).

Sunworks is a NASA Soho project—based out of Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD—and is collection of original artworks by artists ranging from 4th grade children to adults. Soho is an Earth orbiting solar observation spacecraft studying the Sun 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and was featured in an IMAX® film, SolarMax.

Two years ago, NASA’s Soho project sponsored an art contest celebrating the project’s 10th anniversary where more than 500 submissions were received. Following the art contest, the Soho project, along with the United Nations’ International Heliophysical Year (IHY) program based in Vienna, Austria, decided to showcase the artworks by selecting twenty-four to tour as part of the UN’s IHY 2007-09 celebration to demonstrate to the public the relevance of studying the Sun.

An artist based in the Orlando area—Dr. Elizabeth Harris—will also display her quilt artwork in the Sunworks display at MOSI. Dr. Harris is a biology instructor at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, and is a highly skilled quilt artist. She has three award winning art pieces in Sunworks titled: Black Sun of Medea; Transit of Venus, and Seven Suns.

The artworks are wildly creative and diverse, ranging from designs done in molten glass, stained glass, mixed media, a plaster of paris mold, oils, crayon, yarn, even lego blocks. Artists from the United States, European countries, South America, and even from down under, Australia are represented. Sunworks recently concluded its display at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center’s Spaceport USA Visitor Center’s Imax Art gallery. For more information on the Sunworks exhibit, please call Jim Stryder, NASA liasion at (954) 577-6181 or (954) 577-0462.

Museum of Science and Industry
4801 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL. 33617
Shani Jefferson

About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology. With a total size of over 300,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States, and home to the only IMAX® Dome Theatre in the state of Florida. Kids In Charge! The Children’s Science Center at MOSI is the largest children’s science center in the nation. MOSI’s newest permanent exhibition, Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. For more information, visit www.mosi.org.

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