Lindsay Olson exhibit, The Elegant Universe: Art and Science, opens March 7

March 6, 2017 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

As Fermilab’s first artist in residence, Lindsay Olson worked with scientists, members of the operation crew, and numerous staff throughout the lab to learn the basics of high-energy physics.

She was inspired to create a body of work that reflects the beauty of the research and the dedication of the scientists at Fermilab. Her work has been featured in Scientific American, the Chicago Tribune and SciArt in America. She has shown in many galleries in the U.S. and internationally.

Olson will display several pieces reflecting her work at Fermilab during her upcoming exhibition The Elegant Universe: Art and Science, beginning on March 7 at Elmhurst College.

“I am especially excited to feature work by an artist who is so passionate about both art and science,” said Suellen Rocca, Elmhurst College’s curator and director of exhibitions.

The distinctive Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace, where Olson will be exhibiting her work, shares its space with an early-generation “atom smasher” or Kevatron particle accelerator. Originally from the University of Chicago, the Kevatron machine was given to Elmhurst College in 1969. For decades the Physics Department used it to perform experiments; it currently is not functioning.

“As artists we appreciate the fascinating visual aspects of this ‘machine’ and welcome having it in our gallery,” Rocca said.

The Elegant Universe exhibition, which features pieces done in a variety of media, begins on Tuesday, March 7, and runs through Tuesday, April 18. A public reception will be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, in the Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace. An artist’s talk begins at 5:00 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The Elegant Universe: Art and Science is one of about a dozen art shows that the College hosts each academic year in two campus venues. In addition, the College’s A.C. Buehler Library permanently houses the College’s unparalleled collection of Chicago Imagist and Abstractionist Art, which explores the vibrant, often outrageous, yet precisely crafted works of Chicago artists between 1950 and the present.

For more information, please contact Director of Exhibitions Suellen Rocca at (630) 617-6110 or

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