Wednesday, March 18, 2015

UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents "BIO-fied: Perspectives on Genetic Engineering"

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present BIO-fied, a group exhibition that examining various perspectives on the subject of genetic engineering. The exhibition will open on Monday, March 30 and run through Thursday, April 16. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, April 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery.

Exhibiting artists include: Laura Anderson, Denise Blakeman, Adam Dupuis, Amanda Greive, Shane Harris, Mike Miller, Leslie Stalter, Kevin Veara, and Thom Whalen. Nearly all of the exhibiting artists are based in Springfield.

While genetic engineering has existed in some form or another since the early 70s, it has recently become widely known as a hotly debated social issue. The science that creates genetically modified organisms has been touted as revolutionary, and our ability to manipulate nature at its very core has led to innovations in crop resistance and food sustainability. BIO-fied artists will consider the social, cultural, economic, and personal ramifications of the manipulation of an organism’s genome through the use of biotechnology. Each artist has the freedom to render the theme as they individually interpret or respond to it.

The UIS Visual Arts Gallery is centrally located on the UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, room 201 (HSB 201). Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information exhibition programming, please visit the UIS Visual Arts Gallery website at, or contact the gallery at 217/ 206-6506 or

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