Faculty does not always mean professors specifically within our campus community. Often times, professors are brought in from elsewhere to give academic lectures across various disciplines and on special topics not covered at Roanoke College. This week Dr. Paul Snelgrove, a faculty member at Memorial University’s Ocean Sciences Center, has been invited for the purpose of a unique art exhibition.
The Smoyer Gallery in Olin Hall will being hosting “Roanoke Reef and Phenomenal Indicators,” merging two very unlikely subjects of art and marine biology. Each piece of art represents the mathematical properties of aging coral reefs, carefully calculated to reflect biological accuracy. According to Roanoke’s online advertisement, the exhibit will include “decomposing logs with fungal blooms, algae expelling coral colonies, and fantasmic representations of species long relegated to historical imagination, depicted as hybrid interpretations between natural representation and a developing scientific aesthetic.” In which case, the works themselves are much more than just pretty pictures.
The opening reception will begin with an informative viewing on Friday, January 25th from 6:00-6:45. Then, Dr. Paul Snelgrove will be present for a following lecture lasting until 9 PM. However, the artwork will remain in the Smoyer Gallery for everyone’s enjoyment until March 4th.