MSU Science Gallery Part of Getty Foundation Grant

MSU Science Gallery’s Head of Programming Antajuan Scott is part of a group that was selected to receive a research grant through Pacific Standard Time, a Getty initiative focused on the intersection of science and art.Photo of Antajuan Scott.

Scott will collaborate as a curatorial partner with the California based art research institute Fathomers, a self-described “creative research institute dedicated to producing sites and encounters that challenge us to live and act differently in the world.” The $115,000 research grant will help support Emergence: A Genealogy, which is a global bioart survey that combines synthetic biology with design, sculpture, social practice, performance, and artist-led activism with the goal of challenging definitions of what is natural, synthetic, conscious, and essential to human existence.

“I’m so thrilled to be collaborating with Fathomers on this project. It is my hope that this exhibition and associated programs creatively highlights the influence of art, science and research as tools in understanding our world and what is emerging within it,” says Antajuan Scott.

Opening in 2024, this will be the third regional collaboration of Getty’s Pacific Standard Time series. The upcoming event will include dozens of simultaneous exhibitions and programs focused on the intertwined histories of art and science, past and present, that together address some of the most complex challenges of the 21st century. Emergence: A Genealogy will be presented in fall 2024 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in L.A. Scott noted that he hopes that the Michigan State University Science Gallery can eventually bring the exhibition and programs to the MSU Museum.

Michigan State University Museum
The MSU Museum is the science and culture museum at Michigan State University and the state’s first Smithsonian Affiliate. The museum features three floors of special collections and changing exhibits. The Museum is located on 409 West Circle Drive next to Beaumont Tower on the MSU campus. Visitor parking is available at metered spaces at the Grand River Ramp, one block away at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Charles Street. For more information, call (517) 355-2370 or see

Science Gallery
Founded in 2018, Michigan State University’s Science Gallery works with young adults to ignite creativity and discovery at the intersections of science, technology, art, and design. Science Gallery is our nation’s first member of the prestigious, international Science Gallery Network. The university-linked Science Gallery Network consists of eight locations worldwide: Dublin, London, Bengaluru, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Detroit, Atlanta, and Berlin. In 2021, Science Gallery became a programmatic division of the museum aimed at experimentation and innovation at the intersection of science and art.

About Fathomers
Fathomers is a creative research institute dedicated to producing sites and encounters that challenge us to live and act differently in the world. We cultivate the ideas of die-hard dreamers, commission projects that seem far-fetched, and enlist expansive thinkers across disciplines to redefine the limits of scale, scope and support for artist-led projects.

We do this because we value discoveries made absent predetermined outcomes, and we believe in the power of the realized dream as a test site and model for visionary change.

About Pacific Standard Time
Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented series of collaborations among institutions across Southern California. In each, organizations simultaneously present research-based exhibitions and programs that explore and illuminate a significant theme in the region’s cultural history. In Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, more than 60 cultural institutions joined forces between October 2011 and March 2012 and rewrote the history of the birth and impact of the L.A. art scene. In Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, presented from September 2017 through January 2018, more than 70 institutions collaborated on a paradigm-shifting examination of Latin American and Latinx art, seen together as a hemispheric continuum.

Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

About Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
Founded in 1971, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States. A hub for Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture and a community gathering place for the diverse voices it inspires, JACCC connects traditional and contemporary; community participants and creative professionals; Southern California and the world beyond.

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