The MDI Biological Laboratory’s fifth annual Art Meets Science exhibit is up and features work from the Midcoast. The 2016 exhibit, titled “A Fresh Field of Life: Artists, Naturalists and the Vision for Acadia,” celebrates the vision of George B. Dorr, one of the founders of Acadia National Park and a benefactor of the MDI Biological Laboratory.

The public is invited to an opening reception Thursday, July 7, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Kinne Library of the lab, 159 Old Bar Harbor Road, Salisbury Cove. The show runs through Sept. 30; tours of the exhibit and a series of Art Meets Science Cafés will be offered.

A major element of the founders’ vision for Acadia National Park, which is celebrating its centennial this year, was to provide a home for scientists to study the natural world. The title of the Art Meets Science exhibit is drawn from a quote by Dorr, who was responsible for establishing the MDI Biological Laboratory in its current location in 1921. Today, Acadia National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi, is ranked by some as the nation’s most popular and continues to attract artists and scientists seeking to study the natural world. Many of those scientists are conducting research at the MDI Biological Laboratory, which — thanks in part to Dorr’s vision — has become a leading biomedical research institution dedicated to developing solutions to complex human and environmental health problems through research, education and ventures that transform discoveries into cures.

“Science and art were more connected at the time the park was founded than they are today, when they are typically viewed as unrelated disciplines,” said Bonnie Gilfillan, director of the Art Meets Science program. “One of the aims of the Art Meets Science exhibit is to reflect Dorr’s vision by highlighting … how both disciplines share processes of observation, of discovery and of experimentation, as well as how both share the drive to communicate a deeper understanding of the natural world.”

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