Martina Doblin and Lisa Drake (Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Science Research Assistant Professors) are marine scientists who share a love of art. Inspired by Lisa's vibrant images of marine plankton taken with a digital camera attached to a microscope, Martina initiated a project to increase awareness of the Art in Science continues to evolve. With the formal cooperation of the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Sciences and Education, and with the expertise of science curriculum specialist Dr. Wendy Fraiser, a K-12 curriculum was developed to teach the concepts of art and science using the photomicrographs of Drs. Doblin and Drake.
A second installation of 14 images was featured at the Virginia Marine Science Museum in Virginia Beach, from February 2002 through August 2003. Accompanying this exhibit was the printing of note cards featuring 10 different photomicrographs.
A third installation of 16 new images was presented at the Contemporary Art Center in Virginia Beach in October 2002.
As of January 2003, the Art in Science curriculum was workshopped at elementary and middle schools in Norfolk, Virginia, and work continues on refining and piloting the project.