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Art Meets Science Café – A History of Scientists and Artists Working Together in Acadia

Date: Monday Jun 20, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Catherine Schmitt, Communications Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, will explore the connection between the early landscape painters’ arrival on Mount Desert Island and the establishment of the scientific community.

Artists have been credited with helping to create “Destination Acadia” in the nineteenth century. Less well known are the scientists who were working at the same time as, and sometimes in partnership with, painters, illustrators, and photographers in Acadia. The paintings, sketches, prints, maps, and photographs accompanied literary scientific reports that contributed both to the promotion of the Mount Desert Island region to tourists, and to public understanding of scientific principles.

Art Meets Science Cafés are a program of the MDI Biological Laboratory and free of charge. The public is invited to participate in discussion and enjoy refreshments.

The 2016 exhibit “A Fresh Field of Life: Artists, Naturalists and the Vision for Acadia,” will open at 4:15 PM for viewing before the event. Guided tours available weekly, pre-registration required:

Image of Catherine Schmitt by J. Gonzalez

Location: Kinne Library, MDI Biological Laboratory
159 Old Bar Harbor Road
Salisbury Cove
Contact Name: Bonnie Gilfillan
Contact Phone #: (207) 288-3147
Event web page:
Event Sponsor(s): MDI Biological Laboratory 

This is a free event.

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