I was inspired
by amazing images captured through the powerful microscopes in NIST labs as part of the cutting-edge scientific research taking place there every day. I wanted the greater community to see these visually compelling images in an exhibition
, which also serves to increase public awareness of the agency's mission
I put out a call to all scientists at NIST for their most visually compelling images from their research, curated the entries, and converted them to CMYK color profiles in Photoshop, enlarging when necessary using the bicubic enlargement function. The images were then printed on the back surface of acrylic sheets with hanging hardware attached.
Exhibition assets including promo postcards, info sheets and social media graphics were designed featuring one consistent image from the exhibit to create consistent event branding.
The resulting exhibition, "MICRO/MACRO: Big Images of Small Things from NIST Labs", presents highly technical content in a high-impact visual format, while explaining its potential impact on our everyday lives.
The Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County campus offered their rotating art space as a public location for the exhibition in September 2016; we hope to find other public art spaces for the exhibition in the future.