New Esther Klein Gallery Exhibit Focuses on Marine Life

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Scintillare, a new solo exhibition by Philadelphia-based sculptor Marguerita Hagan focusing on life in the ocean, will open at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery on December 3, 2015.

Scintillare, a new solo exhibition by Philadelphia-based sculptor Marguerita Hagan focusing on life in the ocean, will open at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) on December 3, 2015 and run through January 22, 2016. An opening reception will be held at EKG, which is located at 3600 Market Street in Philadelphia, on Thursday, December 3rd from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.

Scintillare features the La Mer Wild Life Series, Hagan’s latest body of ceramic work. The series is composed of marine species made out of clay ranging from tiny glistening diatoms to giant blue whales. Scintillare celebrates the effervescence of life in the ocean, examining the complex and exotic structures of single-celled organisms, as well as bioluminescent sea creatures that occupy the deep abyss. Scintillare not only celebrates the aesthetic qualities of marine life, but also aims to bring more awareness to the environmental issues surrounding our relationship with the ocean.

Marguerita Hagan received her BFA in Ceramics from James Madison University and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. An advocate of the preservation of wildlife, her artistic focus is the interdependence linking all life. Hagan works as an artist and community arts specialist based in Philadelphia. With clay being her medium of focus, she works in a wide range of ceramic methods. With each new creation she cultivates a dialogue around the existing state of the natural world and the potential for new solutions.

About the Science Center
The University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, and entrepreneurship and technology development in the Greater Philadelphia region. It provides business incubation, programming, lab and office facilities, and support services for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and growing and established companies. Since it was founded in 1963, graduate organizations and current residents of the University City Science Center’s Port business incubators have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually. The Science Center is leveraging its history as the nation’s oldest and largest urban research park as it joins forces with Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, to expand its footprint and rebrand its physical campus as uCity Square — a true mixed-use community of ingenuity. For more information about the Science Center, go to ucscreview.org.

About the Esther Klein Gallery
The Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), which opened in 1976, uses the creative arts as a platform to explore relationships between art, science and technology. EKG seeks to positively impact the cultural life of both its immediate neighborhood of West Philadelphia and the broader Philadelphia community. EKG programming is designed to explore the range of art, science and technology exhibitions and includes gallery talks, panel discussions, and education programs. For more information, visit http://www.EstherKleinGallery.tumblr.com

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