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Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design

Central to Elmhurst Art Museum summer season is the interactive, family-friendly exhibition, Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design, open June 18 – August 14, 2022.Nature’s Blueprints features a dozen sensory stations that use sound, touch, and interactive games to make connections between nature, art and design such as: how burrs from a forest informed velcro, the shape of a beetle’s teeth helped an inventor create a more efficient chainsaw, bird and bat wing shapes aided the early flight tests, spiderwebs inspired suspension bridges, and more. The exhibition includes an installation by Chicago architect Alicia Ponce about how her architectural designs emulate patterns, forms, and processes found in nature. Exhibition-related programming for all ages includes STEAM-focused family programs plus architecture and gallery tours to reveal how art, design, and environmental science can lead to extraordinary inventions that improve lives.

Admission for children under 18 is Free. Admission for adults over 18 is $15; for seniors, $12.

The Elmhurst Art Museum is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. No timed entry is required, but advanced ticket purchase is encouraged.


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