Press Release

Celebrating Fernbank Museum Combines Art and Science
as Fernbank and Decatur Photography Group Revel in Museum's 20th Anniversary

ATLANTA—SEPT. 20, 2012—Fernbank Museum of Natural History will present a distinctive photography exhibition commissioned in partnership with the Decatur Digital Photography Meetup (DDPM) to commemorate the museum's 20th anniversary celebration.

On view from October 5, 2012, through January 21, 2013, Celebrating Fernbank Museum features 45 original photos by members of the DDPM that highlight the beauty and wonder of the Museum's incredible exhibitions, special features, Fernbank Forest and more. Visitors will experience artistic and modern views of natural history through the inspired observations of these enthusiasts. The exhibition features black-and-white as well as color photographs focusing on unique points of view found throughout Fernbank's architecture, exhibitions, fossils, forest, gardens, dinosaurs, and other features found throughout the museum's campus.

"The incredible work of the Decatur Digital Photography Meetup is a great way to celebrate Fernbank's 20th anniversary by showcasing opportunities to view the museum in a different way," said James Hays, Vice President of Exhibitions at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. "It was rewarding to work with such an enthusiastic group of photographers who captured unique perspectives with their subjects, angles and compositions of the museum. This exhibit is a stunning showcase of the culture, science and natural history of Fernbank Museum that is presented through an artistic eye, often in unexpected ways."

Celebrating Fernbank Museum features the work of more than 20 members of the members of the DDPM and serves as the group's annual public photography exhibit. Photographers were asked to present works that reveal what inspired them as artists. The exhibition includes a variety of subjects, from the Museum's iconic spiral staircase to its dinosaurs, from the pristine natural beauty of the Fernbank Forest to the blooms of the Rose Garden, from objects from the Museum's collections to fossils in its floors, and from abstract visions of bubbles to dioramas of the state's natural features.

"We tried to capture the essence of what Fernbank is all about.  We feel especially privileged to be part of the museum's anniversary celebration," said Ron Roberts of the Decatur Digital Photography Meetup.  "Our members are very excited to be exhibiting in a major Atlanta museum.  Since the majority of our members are amateurs, we felt that it was a great opportunity for their work to be seen by the community at large."

The exhibition was created to celebrate the anniversary of Fernbank Museum, which opened to the public on October 5, 1992. Celebrating Fernbank Museum will go on view on October 5, 2012 to commemorate the important milestone.

A special Meet the Artist event will be offered during Martinis & IMAX® on Friday, October 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., offering visitors an opportunity to view the exhibition and talk with the photographers about the project. Admission is included with all Martinis & IMAX® admission categories and is free for members.

Also on view from October 5-January 21 is Genghis Khan, the first exhibition of its kind devoted to the amazing, true story of this 13th century emperor's life, land, people and enduring legacy.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Throughout 2012, Fernbank is celebrating its 20th anniversary, which is officially observed on October 5. For more information about Fernbank's history, programming, exhibitions, IMAX films and tickets, visit www.fernbankmuseum.org.

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