There will be a free public opening, with cash bar, for all three shows from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
In addition to the exhibits, Arif Khan, the Mary Price Ratrie Curator of Art, has put together a free art and science lecture series, underwritten by the West Virginia Humanities Council. The series focuses on the relationship between art and science.
The first lecturer will be Gail Wight, associate professor in the Department of Art and History at Stanford University, who will present "Scientific Inspiration: A Conversation with Gail Wight" at 6 p.m. Jan. 19. This artist/professor integrates science and its history into her artwork and shows how cultural notions of art and science have evolved over the years.
The second lecture will be "Creativity & Genius" with Rex Jung, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. On Feb. 17, he will discuss the emerging field of positive neuroscience, the study of what the brain does well. He will talk about "genius," what it is and where it comes from, through the emergence of new imaging technologies that illustrate the manifestation of creativity in the brain.
"Art & Ecology: Land Arts from New Mexico to West Virginia" will be on March 8 with Bill Gilbert, the University of New Mexico's Lannan chair and director of the Land Arts program, and Erika Osborne, an assistant professor of painting at WVU. Natural materials like leaves, soil, branches, rocks and water have been used to create original artworks in landscapes located well away from civilization, left to change and erode under natural conditions. These two "land art" experts discuss this art form and explain how they have introduced Land Arts as a course of study at their respective universities.
Other lectures in the series will include "Picturing Science" in April, "Art & Ecology: Influence of Environmental Journalism and Literature on the Visual Arts" with Erika Blumenfeld in May, "Audience Interaction and Reaction" in June and "Art, Activism and Technology" in July.
Museum admission is free for members or $6 for children and $7.50 for adults. Films and planetarium shows carry additional fees. For more information on these and other Clay Center exhibits and programs, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.