The World Unseen: Intersections of Art and Science

May 20 – August 30, 2019

Collisions artwork

The World Unseen: Intersections of Art and Science gathers the work of ten international artists who draw upon microbiology, biotechnology, anatomy, and texts in their investigations of microbes and cells, DNA, history of disease and science, the body, and beauty. They all share a deep interest in science, and some are scientists themselves or collaborate closely with researchers. Some mine the images of the unseen world to comment about the debates that swarm around the intersection of disease and ethics—past, present, and future.

Others are drawn to the abstract beauty of what is sub-visible—real and imagined. Several of the artists use their work as a starting point to understand the complex relationships between humans and their biological systems, as well as challenges facing us in the 21st century, including emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Through paintings, drawings, installations, and videos, these artists ponder the humanistic and scientific implications of knowing and seeing what we normally cannot see.

Participating Artists

Scott Chimileskiexternal icon and Roberto Kolter, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Ruth Cuthandexternal icon, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Anna Dumitriuexternal icon, Brighton, UK

Amie Esslingerexternal icon, Atlanta, Georgia

Lorrie Fredetteexternal icon, Saugerties, New York

Bojana Ginnexternal icon, Atlanta, Georgia

Nathaniel Priceexternal icon, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Jody Raschexternal icon, Port Chester, New York

Laura Splanexternal icon, Brooklyn, New York

IMAGE: Amie Esslinger, Collisions, mixed media, 2016

Special Curator Tours

Join Louise E. Shaw, Curator, David J. Sencer CDC Museum for a special tour.


June 7th, July 10th, July 17th, August 7th, and August 30th

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required; RSVP to

Driver’s license or passport required for entry. Vehicle inspection required. Space is limited to 20 people per tour.

Page last reviewed: May 21, 2019