Thursday, March 20th, 2014 - 4:00pm
On View March 20 – May 31, 2014
“Keys can open hearts, they can unlock mysteries behind closed chambers, and they can set people free,” says artist Kelly Milukas, whose provocative new exhibition spans the broad symbolism entwined with keys, and the mysteries of the body.
Comprised of more than 50 multi-media artworks, KEYS TO THE CURE is a dynamic interplay of photography and sculpture to tell the incredible story of stem-cell research and regenerative medicine. Handmade keys float off painted color fields representing the interior tissue and organs of the bodies, while glowing keys hang from above, giving abstract visualization to the human body’s complex systems.
“I wish to convey my artistic interpretation the simple beautiful science we have around us, creating an accessible and identifiable place for people to understand, embrace and celebrate the body can renew and heal itself,” says Ms. Milukas.
Also on exhibit will be THE ART OF SCIENCE: Under the Surface, pictures taken through a microscope that draws the viewer into the world of regenerative medicine and the human body – images that have clear scientific value but are also stunning works of art.
Originally commissioned by the Regenerative Medicine Foundation, which promotes exploring “the body’s natural ability to heal itself,” the joint exhibition at the Photo Centre reflects “a unique collaboration between art and science (as it) visually captures this extraordinary science revolution,” adds Ms. Milukas.
Late last year, the Regenerative Medicine Foundation issued an international call for macro-photography of regenerative medicine images taken through a microscope, The first Science Photo Art Contest was open to scientists working in the field of regenerative medicine and more than 80 entries were submitted, Milukas was a co-juror along with Dr. Linas Kudzma, an award-winning macro-photographer and scientist.
The ART OF SCIENCE exhibition will include stem cell and other “Under the Surface” regenerative medicine photos representing scientists from the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Among the photos to be presented is the contest’s Grand Prize Winner: Cells Performing Secret Handshakes by Sebastian Barreto.
The March 20 opening of KEYS TO THE CURE will include a 4 p.m. lecture by Anthony Atala, M.D., Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine where his work focuses on growing and regenerating tissues and organs. He oversees a team of more than 300 physicians and researchers working together to develop healing cell therapies and grow replacement tissues and organs in the lab. A recognized pioneer in the field, Dr. Atala’s team engineered the first lab-grown organ to be implanted into a human – a bladder – and is developing experimental fabrication technologies that can “print” human tissue and organs on demand.
Dr. Atala has received many awards, including the US Congress funded Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, bestowed on a living American who is currently working on a discovery that will significantly affect society. Dr. Atala’s work has twice been included in Time magazine’s "Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of the Year." He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He has published over 400 journal articles and has applied for or received more than 200 national or international patents.
Geared toward both the scientific and artistic communities, both the lecture by Dr. Atala and his introduction by artist Milukas will focus on the positive impact of art on the healing process.
The lecture will be followed at 5:30 p.m. for the opening reception for the exhibition, to which the public is invited to attend for free.