Published: Feb. 19, 2002

Note to Editors: The media are invited to preview the Connections Gallery's inaugural exhibit, "Imaging the Invisible," at a special media showing on Friday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The gallery is located in the main lobby of the Engineering Center at Colorado Avenue and Regent Drive, on the CU-Boulder campus. For more information contact Carol Rowe at (303) 492-7426.

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder will open its new "Connections Gallery" with the inaugural exhibit, "Imaging the Invisible," produced by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

The multimedia exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be on display from March 4 through May 12 in the Engineering Center on the CU-Boulder campus. The gallery is located in the main lobby on the first floor of the building.

The exhibit includes more than 20 artistic representations of satellite and space imagery interpreting our physical world.

"The exploration of space has been one of humankind's greatest continuing quests. Looking out into the expanse of the universe and down at the Earth from the vantage point of space gives a unique perspective on our place in the fabric of the universe," said Dave Begley, vice president of corporate relations and strategic planning at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. "By making the invisible visible we perceive our planet and the cosmos in a larger and more complete context of knowledge, art and social relevance. Ball Aerospace is honored to be a part of the Connections Gallery with the College of Engineering."

The Connections Gallery was established by the College of Engineering and Applied Science to explore connections among art, engineering and society for the college, campus and community at large. The college created the new exhibit space through an expansion of the Engineering Center lobby last year. 

"Through the creation of this gallery, we hope to add insight into the role of engineering in society and culture -- both in helping to improve our world and in fundamentally changing our world," said engineering Dean Roop L. Mahajan. "The Connections Gallery addresses one aspect of our larger vision to integrate art and culture into the technical engineering curriculum. By doing this, we aim to produce 'humanist engineers,' who will be sensitive to the broader, non-technical context of the engineering solutions they design and produce.

"I want to thank our corporate partner Ball Aerospace, and especially Dave Begley, for joining with us in reaching this vision through this outstanding inaugural exhibit."

Erik Fisher, humanities adviser for the College of Engineering and chair of the gallery oversight committee, said the gallery will help provide a humanistic component to the educational experience of CU-Boulder engineering students as well as build a bridge with the arts and humanities community.

"We invite people from across the campus and the broader community to visit the gallery and engage in a dialogue with us, thereby creating a broader public discussion of the interaction between technology and culture," Fisher said.

The Connections Gallery Committee, which includes representation from engineering students, staff and faculty, is charged with helping to create and organize exhibits that meet the gallery's vision of integrating art, engineering and society.