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New BIOMIMICRY: nature inspired design Exhibit Opens at Gallery at TCA May 19th

Free hands-on family workshops begin Saturday, May 27

Kelly Lovell-Taylor
Tempe Center for the Arts


Nature Knows Best 

Designs inspired by the genius of the natural world 

From insects to trees


 BIOMIMICRY: nature inspired design 

New Exhibition at The Gallery at TCA

May 19 - Aug. 26


Art displays by local artists · Hands-on maker center · Interactive science displays

· Artists working in the Gallery · Free family art workshops on Saturdays


(Tempe, Ariz.,) From the tiny hooks on a Burdock Burr plant that inspired the creation of Velcro® Brand hook and loop fasteners, to the remarkable aerodynamic body of the King Fisher bird that helped improve Japan's 200 mph "Bullet Train," nature's ingenuity has inspired scores of scientists, engineers and artists throughout time.  The genius designs found in nature and the new ideas they have inspired are on display at The Gallery at TCA's new exhibition, BIOMIMICRY, May 19 thru Aug. 26. 

BIOMIMICRY: design Inspired by nature includes works from Arizona artists Matt Baral, Jose Benavides, Alexandra Bowers, Alan Burr Johnson, Christine Cassano, Halldor Hjalmarson, Nissa Kubly, Christine Lee, Emily Longbrake and Damon McIntyre.

The Gallery at TCA is collaborating with a variety of organization such as the VELCRO®  Brand Companies and  Arizona State University departments including Science is Fun, The LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science, the Biomimicry Center, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the Natural History Collections at the School of Life Sciences.

In conjunction with the exhibition THE GALLERY AT TCA will host a wide array of fascinating events for all ages including free hands on Family Workshops on Saturdays, the Biomimicry Challenge with three artists working on Biomimicry projects in temporary studios located in the Gallery, a think-tank "Beehive" for teensFriday Night maker nights in conjunction with EDGE happy hour and a lecture with national recognized expert, Dayna Baumeister co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8.  

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Gallery Hours & Location:
FREE admission
10 am-5 pm Tuesday - Thursday
10 am-7:30 pm Friday
11 am-6 pm Saturday

*Open extended hours for some special events.

The Gallery at TCA is located within Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway | Tempe, AZ  85281 | (480) 350-2867

For more information visit or call 480-350-2867.


About Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust

Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust (TCA) is a jewel in the crown of a city known for its support of the arts. Opened in September 2007, the strikingly magnificent venue houses a state-of-the-art 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat studio theater, a 200-seat multi-purpose space overlooking Tempe Town Lake as well as a 3,500 square-foot art gallery. Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust is home to Childsplay, Lakeshore Music, CONDER/dance, Desert Dance Theatre, Stray Cat Theatre and more.



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