BAR HARBOR, MAINE — Maine artist Judy Taylor will discuss how science and art have been aligned through the centuries in a talk entitled “The Science Behind the Painting/The Science Behind the Paint” at an Art Meets Science Café to be held Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at 5 p.m. at the MDI Biological Laboratory’s Kinne Library.
Taylor will discuss the parallels between art and science in terms of improving observational skills, understanding the anatomy of the landscape and the science of pigments and painting practices. She will also discuss the role of science in freeing painters from the studio and how that freedom has affected the history of painting.
Taylor’s is trained as a classical figurative and portrait painter. She has painted landscapes, townscapes and cityscapes in various locations around the country, including Mount Desert Island, where she now lives and works. Her portraits, landscapes and still lifes are painted entirely from life. Her scenes of workers and nature on Mount Desert Island often incorporate island residents as models.
Prior to moving to Maine, Taylor lived in New York City, where she had moved from Chicago to study figurative art at the New York Academy of Art. After receiving a master’s certificate, she went on to study painting at the National Academy of Design. In 1995, she moved to Maine, where she was artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park. She teaches workshops throughout the United States, as well as Italy and France.
Taylor’s work is included in many public and private collections, including those of Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. National Park Service, Friends of Acadia, the Jackson Laboratory and the Maine State Museum in Augusta. Her studio and gallery are located in Seal Cove.
The Art Meets Science Cafés, now in their second season, are offered by the MDI Biological Laboratory in fulfillment of its mission to increase public engagement with science. The cafés follow the format of the popular MDI Science Cafés, also offered through the laboratory, in which short presentations are followed by lively, informal discussion.
Art Meets Science Cafés will alternate with MDI Science Cafés at the MDI Biological Laboratory every Monday evening from June 20 to Sept. 19, 2016, with the exception of Labor Day. The cafés will all take place at 5 p.m. at the laboratory’s Kinne Library. The laboratory’s 2016 Art Meets Science exhibit will be on view prior to the cafés starting at 4:15 p.m.
The cafés are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. For more information on the cafés and the exhibit, please visit mdibl.org/events/