Symbiotic Spheres

Symbiotic Spheres banner with drawings of atoms and a color spectrum. April 3 through December 30, 2018.

Located in the Museum of American Glass
April 3 through December 30, 2018

Tuesday through Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This expansive exhibition, curated by Brooklyn artist Benjamin Wright, features over 20 contemporary artists whose work is inspired by science. The artwork on display will allow visitors to explore the role of creativity endemic to both science and art, while showcasing glass as a medium that provides a challenge to their perceived divide.  At every turn, glass materially magnifies, distorts and illuminates our transdisciplinary world of wonder.

Ultraviolet installation of neon lights and hanging plants. Created by Hiromi Takizawa.
Blue retort flask with a small chemistry kit in the background. Created by Richard Marquis
Top: Hiromi Takizawa’s Ultraviolet installation
Bottom: Chemistry Set by Richard Marquis

FREE Workshop


Saturday, December 2
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Sketch & Tell: Stories for Deep Time” with artist Bryan McGovern Wilson and Dr. Ted Howell

This participatory workshop takes place alongside Bryan McGovern Wilson’s work “The Atomic Priesthood.” Attendees are invited to imaginatively engage the work and the questions, stories, and puzzles it provokes. With guidance from Wilson and Howell, attendees will first create a sketch, and then write a brief story, inspired by the work. Both sketch and story will seek to send messages through vast stretches of “deep time,” reaching across centuries and even millennia, enabling participants to wrestle with fundamental questions about how humanity communicates via symbols, signs, and stories.

Funding for the “Sketch & Tell” workshop provided by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Activity Stations


Enjoy daily activity stations where you can have a hands-on learning experience about art and science. Included with admission to WheatonArts!

DIY Kaleidoscope
Experiment with an optical instrument, the kaleidoscope. Create your own kaleidoscope and play with the science of reflection and the principle of symmetry as you test your hand drawn designs. While supplies last.

Color the Visual Light Spectrum
Create and capture a rainbow while learning about the visual light spectrum. A variety of materials (oil pastels, crayons, and markers) are available to trace the rainbow you create by using a flashlight and a CD.

Learn about opportunities for you and your students to learn about the interlocking worlds of glass, science and art. We will be available to speak with you about ways that you can engage and integrate the topics of Symbiotic Spheres into your classroom. Copies of the Educator Guide will be available at the Museum Front Desk.