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Esther Klein Gallery Exhibit Explores the Social Impact of Memory

PHILADELPHIA--(February 19, 2019) – Twenty years after Patricia Moss-Vreeland’s first exhibition at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), her work is featured in a solo multimedia installation, In Search of Meaning: Memory Becomes Us. The exhibit, which illuminates the role that memory plays in relation to who we are, runs from February 7 – March 30 at EKG, 3600 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. A lecture with Moss-Vreeland and Dr. Dasa Zeithamova of the University of Oregon followed by a reception will take place on Friday, February 22 between 5-8 p.m.

Since receiving the Art-in-Science XIV Millennial commission in 1999 for her traveling exhibition, Memory-Connections Matter, Patricia Moss-Vreeland has been recognized as a pioneer for her work on memory.

In this current exhibition, Moss-Vreeland premiers a new medium of video and poems, along with drawings, paintings and prints. Her works are metaphoric responses and reside in concert with the interlacing of science texts, connecting the personal to the universal.

In conversations memorialized in the exhibit, Moss-Vreeland and Dr. Dasa Zeithamova explore the function of the human brain to find meaning, the parallel universes of art and science, different ways of self-expression, and the importance of stepping out of our silos and forming relationships. For this new installation, Moss-Vreeland addresses the multi-sensory elements of memory and being human, giving more opportunities for making connections.

Moss-Vreeland asks the viewer to look at the social impact of memory, and involves herself with expanding the way we interact with art. This is expressed with her newest artworks, her ongoing conversations with Dr. Zeithamova, and in the series of events Moss-Vreeland is creating for this exhibition, as she looks for ways to engage more people interactively.

Moss-Vreeland has exhibited her work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Her art resides in many permanent collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and The Norton Museum. Moss-Vreeland has exhibited at the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia for two decades and was selected through a national competition to design the Memorial Room for the Holocaust Museum Houston. In 1997, this permanent installation earned four awards. Moss-Vreeland's work was included in The New York Hall of Science, Walter.O.Lecroy Gallery, Science Inspires Art: The Brain, 2015, and was invited to have a Solo Exhibition and talk, A Parallel Universe, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, April 2016, for their 25th Anniversary Event. She was interviewed for the Interalia Magazine's Memory Networks Issue, September-October 2016. In 2018, her Solo Exhibition: Revelations and Transformation, Layers of Memory, was featured at the Penn Memory Center, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

Patricia Moss-Vreeland has authored and designed the book, A Place for Memory: Where Art and Science Meet. She is a TEDx speaker and will present at Venture Café Philadelphia on Thursday, March 28.

About the Science Center

Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit organization that catalyzes and connects innovation to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. For 50+ years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development in the life sciences, healthcare, physical sciences, and emerging technology sectors. As a result, graduate firms and current residents of the Science Center’s incubator support one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. By providing resources and programming for any stage of a business’s lifecycle, the Science Center helps scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators take their concepts from idea to IPO – and beyond. For more information about the Science Center, go to

About the Esther Klein Gallery

The Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), which opened in 1977, uses the creative arts as a platform to explore relationships between art, science and technology. EKG seeks to positively impact the cultural life of both its immediate neighborhood of West Philadelphia and the broader Philadelphia community. EKG programming is designed to explore the range of art, science and technology exhibitions, and includes gallery talks, panel discussions, and education programs. For more information, visit

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