Columbia State Community College is currently hosting an exhibit that examines the intersection of science and art called Light: Beyond the Bulb through September 22.

This traveling exhibit was started to commemorate the International Year of Light as declared by the United Nations in an effort to raise global awareness about light-based technology and sustainable development. Showcasing a variety of light-based sciences being researched across the electromagnetic spectrum, Light: Beyond the Bulb was developed by the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. It hopes to engage a wide audience by presenting various research as a story of science, light and art.

At Columbia State, thirty panels created by NASA’s Chandra Satellite Telescope will be on display in addition to pieces of artistic interpretations of light by local Tennessee artists, including John Wilkison and Coco Dauer. A wall dedicated to the recent eclipse will also be included.

Kimberly Arcand, Chandra X-Ray Observatory Visualization Lead. Photo by Brittanny Taylor

An artists’ reception will be held in the Pryor Art Gallery on September 7 featuring a talk at 5:30PM by NASA’s Kimberly Arcand, the Chandra Visualization Lead and author of several books regarding the colorization of photography by satellites. She will be discussing this topic as well as unpacking the science of light from the perspective of art. The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8AM-8PM, and Friday and Saturday 8AM-4PM. Click here for more information.

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