Perceptions of Promise: Biotechnology, Society, and Art

MOliver Split PetcetrixJoin U of A Museums downtown at Enterprise Square for Perceptions of Promise: Biotechnology, Society and Art, a touring exhibition that offers a compelling glimpse into a unique collaboration between scientists, scholars and nine Canadian and international artists working in a variety of mediums. This visually engaging exhibition challenges viewers to consider the positive and negative possibilities of biotechnology in general and stem cell research in particular.

“Given the important role of popular culture as a tool for public engagement, education, and policy debate, it seems essential to foster a greater dialogue between the artistic and scientific communities. Not for the purpose of recruiting one in the services of the other, but to ensure that both communities are informed,” says Timothy Caulfield, one of the participating scholars in Perceptions of Promise and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. “Agreement will likely remain elusive. And debates will rage. But the best debates are informed debates.”

As a university on the forefront of scientific and technological research, the U of A is a fitting last stop for this thought-provoking travelling exhibition, which has also been seen in Calgary, Hamilton and New York City. Perceptions of Promise runs from November 8, 2012 to January 5, 2013 at the Enterprise Square gallery (main floor, 10230 Jasper Ave.).

To see images from the exhibition when it was shown at the Glenbow Museum and to read essays associated with the project, visit the Perceptions of Promise website.


Gallery Hours

Thursday and Friday: 12pm - 6pm
Saturday: 12pm - 4pm

Exhibition Programming and Events

Date and Time

Thursday, November 08, 2012 - Saturday, February 02, 2013

Contact Information

University of Alberta Museums


admission by donation.


University of Alberta Museums at Enterprise Square
Main floor, 10230 Jasper Ave.