Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123
ang@calacademy.org

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121

****************
IMAGES AVAILABLE
****************

Academy of Sciences Unveils FROM THE DEPTHS
on November 15

Science and art installation will be last new exhibit at 875 Howard Street
Exhibit features original artwork by Oakland-based painter Tiffany Bozic

"Battle of the Deep," a painting in the exhibit. 35" x 45" unframed, acrylic on maple panel.

SAN FRANCISCO (October 11, 2007) — What would happen if the California Academy of Sciences' marine invertebrate collections were explored through the eyes of a contemporary painter? Visitors can find out in From the Depths, an upcoming science and art exhibit at 875 Howard Street. Featuring large-scale paintings and sketches by local artist Tiffany Bozic, this exhibit will transport visitors into the depths of both the ocean and the imagination, and present an artist's vision of the life-and-death drama that unfolds beneath the sea. The exhibit also includes photographs, preserved specimens from the Invertebrate Zoology collection, and artfully designed tanks with live fish.

This exhibit is the result of a year-long collaboration between Bozic and Dr. Rich Mooi, curator of Invertebrate Zoology & Geology at the Academy. Despite examining the museum collections from very different perspectives, they found common ground in their passion for discovery and understanding life. Nature's ability to inspire both artist and scientist will form an important theme throughout the exhibit.

From the Depths will debut at an evening reception on Thursday, November 15 from 5 - 9 pm. Thereafter, it will be available for viewing every day from 10 am - 5 pm, until the Academy’s Howard Street facility closes on January 6, 2008.

Bozic is one of the first participants in the Academy's Artist in Residence program. Based in Oakland, her work often incorporates richly pigmented acrylic paint on solid maple wood panels. She is said to be inspired by John James Audubon and Ernst Haeckel, but dives more deeply into the imaginary and darker aspects of the natural world. She has spoken at art and design conferences and shown in galleries throughout the United States and Europe.

For more information and to see a photo gallery, visit www.calacademy.org/exhibits/air. The Academy will also hold the following programs in support of this exhibit:

Academy Lecture
From the Depths: Creating a Science and Art Exhibit at the Academy
Tuesday, November 13 at 2 pm & 7:30 pm
For several months, Academy curator Dr. Rich Mooi guided contemporary painter Tiffany Bozic through the Academy's vast collection of marine invertebrates. Despite examining the specimens from very different perspectives, they found common ground in their passion for discovery and understanding nature. Join Bozic and Dr. Mooi as they discuss their collaboration and the resulting exhibit From the Depths, a science and art installation on display starting November 15. A sneak preview of From the Depths will take place before the evening lecture, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Free for members, $8 non-members; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. Purchase tickets at the door or call (415) 379-8000.

Opening Night Reception at Third Thursday
Thursday, November 15 from 5 - 9 pm

Filled with clownfish, cocktails, and conversation, the Academy after-hours is the place to be on the third Thursday of every month. From the Depths, a new science and art exhibit, will be unveiled at this event. Enjoy music and a cash bar featuring Francis Ford Coppola wine. $5 admission after 5 pm; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. For more information, call (415) 379-8000 or visit www.calacademy.org.

 

The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875 Howard Street. Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard Street is: $10 for adults; $6.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, seniors ages 65+, and students with valid ID; $2 for children ages four to 11; and free for children ages three and younger. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm every day. www.calacademy.org. (415) 379-8000.