Birk Atrium Gallery Hosts Creative Mind Exhibit Celebrating Black History Month


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The Birk Center Atrium Gallery presents THE CREATIVE MIND, a traveling exhibit celebrating the contributions of African Americans to medicine, mathematics, engineering, and all branches of science. The exhibit will be on display from now until March 11, open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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In celebration of Black History Month, an Opening and Gallery Talk was hosted on Wednesday, January 31, by the Museum Studies students in Dr. Katherine Brown's Exhibition Design course. 

"As we kick-off Black History Month, we invite you to join us in reflection on these scientists, and how their ideas and discoveries impacted society," said Museum Studies student Nathan Lawrence during the Gallery Talk. "The professionals you hear about today paid an important price in their respected fields by overcoming circumstances and challenges. It is my hope that we can look back on their achievements today through a more understanding and a more accepting lens."

Organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the exhibit features the careers and achievements of some of today’s outstanding black scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and medical professionals and highlights the work of notable figures from the past.

The show was installed by Walsh Museum Studies students Nathan Lawrence, Erin Elder, Maeggie Herman, Katharine Moore, and Kahlee Robinson. 

A "Did You Know?" section brings in additional information about each field, pointing to future career possibilities for creative minds of the next generation. The exhibit consists of seven colorful panels with an introduction and separate panels devoted to medicine, mathematics, engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences.

THE CREATIVE MIND made its debut in 2012 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and at the Koshland Science Museum, the museum of the National Academy of Sciences, in Washington, D.C. It has since been exhibited at the Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Information Center, Linthicum Heights, MD; the Madison Science Museum, Madison, WI; the Zion-Benton Public Library, Zion, IL; the Mid-America Science Museum, Hot Springs, AR; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the Northern Virginia Community College Libraries, Woodbridge, VA; the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and the Family Heritage House Museum, Bradenton, FL. 

The exhibition was created by the African American History Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, D.C. Learn more, and read biographies of African American scientists, engineers, and doctors at

PHOTO CREDIT: Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.