Catherine Schmitt, Communications Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, will explore the connection between the early arrival of landscape painters on Mount Desert Island and the establishment of its scientific community.
Artists have been credited with helping to create “Destination Acadia” in the nineteenth century. Less well known are the scientists who were working at the same time as, and sometimes in partnership with, painters, illustrators, and photographers in Acadia. The paintings, sketches, prints, maps, and photographs accompanied literary scientific reports that contributed both to the promotion of the Mount Desert Island region to tourists and to public understanding of scientific principles, and ultimately to the creation of Acadia National Park.
Art Meets Science Cafés are an educational outreach program of the MDI Biological Laboratory, open to the public, free of charge.
Pre-register for the June 20 Art Meets Science Café.
Image of Catherine Schmitt by J. Gonzalez