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Art Reception: Joel Kowit

August 3, 2017

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Exhibit on display from June 23, 2017 - August 23, 2017

Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Location:  Gallery 1832

For thousands of years, stained glass art was used in church windows to inspire awe and reverence for biblical stories and people. Joel’s stained glass focuses on the cellular, rather than the spiritual universe.

“Biomolecules and cellular structures, the characters of life, have fascinating stories to tell. They were the subject of my career in Biology and are now the inspiration for my art.”

A distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biology at Emmanuel College, Boston, Joel Kowit is also Founder and Director of Immunology Workshops, and has trained research scientists in immunology at more than 40 pharmaceutical companies. He has also been painting for 20 years and has had solo exhibitions at Cary Library, Lexington, MA; Emmanuel College, Gallery 5; The Massachusetts State House; and Lincoln Library, Lincoln, MA.  Following a dozen years of sporadic glassblowing, Joel took up stained glass, and has applied his knowledge of science and his experience as an artist to a novel endeavor: Bio Stained Glass.

The medium of stained glass parallels the microscope which relies on the transparent surface of the cell to visualize stained internal structures.  Changes in light with time, season, and weather bring life to the stained glass works - a synthesis of science and art.  These iconic images ("Inhibition," "Recognition," "Tolerance," "Contract," "Passage," and others) allow one to reflect on activities common to cells, to humans and to society, and may entice the curious along the path to science.