MSUToday
Published: Jan. 15, 2020

Science Gallery Detroit announces open call for third annual exhibition

Contact(s): Talitha Johnson Science Gallery Detroit cell: (313) 415-6178 Talitha.johnson@detroit.sciencegallery.com, Jennifer Davis Media Communications office: (517) 432-0304 jennifer.davis@cabs.msu.edu, Kim Ward Communication and Brand Strategy office: (517) 432-0117 cell: (734) 658-4250 kim.ward@cabs.msu.edu

Michigan State University’s Science Gallery Detroit, the first and only North American location of the global Science Gallery Network, is requesting submissions for its third annual exhibition, Future Present: Design in a Time of Urgency.

This new exhibition will explore humanity’s nuanced relationship to various forms of design and the impact it has on the future. 

Everyone is invited to apply. There are no restrictions on age, education level, research background, country or any other factor. 

In keeping with the Science Gallery model, proposals should address the topic Future Present: Design in a Time of Urgency and its connection to science and, or art. Entrants should also keep in mind that the exhibitions are geared towards a young adult audience ages 18 to 25.

“In our community conversations about the third season, we kept returning to the urgency of the problems we face as humans,” said Jeff Grabill, Science Gallery Detroit director and MSU associate provost for teaching, learning and technology. “We kept returning as well to the power of design to help solve those problems. This exhibition takes up design as a way to address our near future, but it also takes up the challenge of who gets to participate in designing our future — all of us or only some of us?”

Proposals will be reviewed by a Science Gallery Detroit curatorial panel. Applications must be submitted via Science Gallery Detroit’s open call platform by Jan. 31, 2020. The show is slated to take place in fall 2020, containing a total of 20 to 24 pieces. 

Finalists will be notified early 2020. Once selected, exhibitors will receive support to bring their idea to life. To apply and for complete details, visit Science Gallery Detroit’s open call platform: OpenCall.ScienceGallery.com/design

Science Gallery Detroit

Science Gallery Detroit, launched summer 2018, is a collaborative initiative presented by Michigan State University and Science Gallery International with a $1 million grant from its founding partner, MSU Federal Credit Union. Currently, the Science Gallery Network consists of seven locations worldwide: Dublin, London, Venice, Bengaluru, Melbourne, Rotterdam and Detroit, which is the first city in North America to have its own Science Gallery. Science Gallery is an award-winning international initiative pioneered by Trinity College Dublin that delivers a dynamic new model for engaging 15 to 25-year olds with science and art.

Science Gallery Network

Science Gallery is the world’s only university network dedicated to public engagement with science and art. The Science Gallery Network consists of leading universities united around a singular mission: to ignite creativity and discovery where science and art collide. Science Gallery International is the non-profit, charitable organization catalyzing the growth of the network, providing services, tools and resources required to power and expand this unique global collaboration, which now has seven members across four continents: the pioneering member Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, King's College London in the United Kingdom, The University of Melbourne in Australia, the Indian Institute of Science, Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, The National Centre for Biological Sciences in India, Ca' Foscari University of Venice in Italy, Michigan State University and Erasmus University Medical Center in The Netherlands. For more information about the Network, visit sciencegallery.org.