Thomas H. Saunders’ unique artistic creations will be on display here in two Ohio Wesleyan University galleries from March 21 through Sept. 21.
The 1966 Ohio Wesleyan University graduate creates art by growing and photographing microscopic crystal structures made from wine, coffee and aspirin – and an array of materials whose basic chemical components can be extracted and isolated.
Titled “Crystal Synergy: The Confluence of Science and Human Imagination,” Saunders’ one-man exhibit will be showcased in OWU’s Alumni Gallery, located inside Mowry Alumni Center, 16 Rowland Ave., as well as in the nearby Gallery 2001, located within the university’s Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland. Both venues are satellite galleries of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum.
An illustrated talk by the artist is scheduled for April 7.
All events are free and open to the public.
Saunders’ April 7 talk will begin at 4:10 p.m. in the library’s second-floor Bayley Room, with a community reception immediately after in Gallery 2001.
Saunders began working with crystal imaging as an experiment in 2001, utilizing medical and scientific research Zeiss microscopes.
At Ohio Wesleyan, Saunders studied German and politics and government. Before moving to Florida and immersing himself in his art, he lived in the Washington, D.C., area for 35 years, establishing his own firm to advise in global business development. During his career, Saunders also has held executive and board positions with major corporations and business start-ups as well as serving in domestic and overseas U.S congressional, executive branch and White House appointments.
Justin Kronewetter, director of OWU’s Ross Art Museum, said Saunders’ two-gallery exhibit will include 40 of his artworks – all created as part of a limited edition Ohio Wesleyan series in recognition of his 50-year class reunion.
“Tom’s pieces are incredibly interesting,” Kronewetter said. “He captures and shares images of a world we can’t see with the naked eye – a world most of us would never see otherwise. We are pleased to share his ‘Crystal Synergy’ as he returns to campus and reunites with his classmates.”