Opened in 2006, Longwood’s Chichester Science Center shatters the left brain/right brain dichotomy with its own permanent art collection. Celebrating the interaction between art and science, the exhibition features ninety works selected for both their quality and their relevance to a discipline taught in the science department. The art ranges in format from traditional to contemporary and in tone from serious to jovial, while the subject matter explores aspects of ecology, biology, chemistry, physics, botany, and geography.
Notable artists include John James Audubon and Robert Smithson, among others. Virginia artists and Longwood’s own past and current faculty and alumni also feature heavily, including Marty Brief, Anna Cox, Abraham Lincoln Criss, Susan Eder, Pam Fox, David Freed, Jim Knipe, Nancy Leitch, David Lewis, Annie Lee Ross, Tanja Softić, Bob Swain, and John Williams. Williams, of Longwood’s art department, collaborated with Dr. Edward Kinman of the geography department to create a work in glazed ceramic depicting local land use changes over time.