VIP reception set for Nobel Prize-winner Feb. 16 at AVC

A VIP reception for Nobel Prize-winner Wally Gilbert will be hosted by the Antelope Valley College Foundation 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 on campus, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

The private reception is open to members of the President’s Circle or those interested in joining. For reservations or information call (661) 722-6300, ext. 6391.

The reception is tied to Gilbert’s solo show in the college’s Art Gallery, “Wally Gilbert: Pattern and Recognition.”

Although Gilbert’s work has been featured in solo exhibits in Europe and the United States, it is his work in science that first received widespread acclaim.

Gilbert was a professor of theoretical physics at Harvard University and practicing molecular biologist when he was awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering a rapid DNA sequencing method.

He sees a link between the seemingly divergent fields of science and art.

"Over the years that I was active in science, I saw a great commonality in the creative impulse - in the artist's impulse and the scientist's - that overrides this issue of who's using numbers and who isn't," he said.

Noting the cutting edge work being done in aerospace and science within the “Aerospace Valley,” curator Christine Mugnolo said AVC is “particularly honored to showcase an artist whose complex career speaks to its community.”

“I create unique photographic images of fragments of scenes, working on a border between visual reality and the emotional abstract, exploring pattern, color, form, and texture,” Gilbert writes.

“I am delighted by strong colors … where close-ups are transformed digitally to attain wildly different vibrant color patterns.” He considers the computer as both a “digital darkroom … (and) my lens to create new realities for the viewer.”

All gallery shows are free and open to the public. The gallery is located in FA1, located on the west side of the campus, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday.

A public reception and artist’s talk will follow the VIP reception at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16.