Jerri Bartholomew Glass: Projects
Willamette River Sculpture
This metal and glass sculpture, in the courtyard of Nash Hall, Oregon State University, completed in 2018, was a collaboration with Karl Payne, a student in Engineering and Fine Arts at OSU.
Karl interviewed researchers that had worked on the Willamette River for much of their career to develop a vision for the river. I studied the river channels at the mouths of its tributaries to create cast glass pieces hint to the river's complexity.
The work was funded by the Emile Pernot Distinguished Professorship and a donor, and the vision of the metal sculpture was carried out by the Linn Benton Community College welding program.
Microbiomes: To See the Unseen
This project focused on microbial systems that affect human health, biodiversity of animal species, and air, earth and water quality. The exhibition asked both artists and researchers "How can we see the unseen?". The discipline of microbiology seeks to measure, visualize and understand complex microbial systems in the same way artists seek understanding for many of life's questions. Through this exhibit, artists documented and interpreted research concepts, and offered the public and the scientific community a unique perspective.
This 2017 exhibition at The Art Center, Corvallis OR, included invited and juried visual artists, musicians and poets. Events incluced a performance of music and poetry created in response to the theme. A catalog of work and reflections on the interconnections of arts and science is available throug The Art Center, and the poetry is available as a chapbook
For an article on the show see Terra Magazine
My work in this show is a "scientific homage" to a few of the microbes that were formative in my scientific career. My first research project as a graduate student was to investigate the virulence of a newly discovered species of Vibrio
However, for most of my career I have studied the Myxozoa, a fascinating group of parasites with beautifully bizarre morphologies and equally strange life cycles.
Photo credit: David Paul Bayles