Life at the Edge of Sight

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Date(s) - October 11, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cape Cod Musuem of Art


Life at the Edge of Sight:

Scott Chimileski’s Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World

Cape Cod Museum of Art

October 11, 2018 – 6 pm

$12, $10 CCMoA Members 

I travel to photograph exotic microbial life across the planet, but I could also explore my own backyard for the rest of my life, and never discover and document all of the beauty and biology happening in a single pinch of soil.  – Scott Chimileski

Microbiologist, photographer and author, Scott Chimileski will share his passion for the wonders and beauty of the invisible world of microbes responsible for our very existence and part of our everyday life in this ARTfull Thursdays presentation.

His presentation will feature a stunning visual exploration of microbes—magnificent close-ups of the inner workings and cooperative communities of Earth’s most prolific organisms – through vignettes and images from his recent book, Life at the Edge of Sight: A Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World .

“Every day, I am astonished by the biodiversity that the microbial world contains,” says Chimileski. “We are all biased by our vision, only able to see life forms of a certain size, but in reality, most life on Earth extends into the microscopic realm. Sometimes microbial organisms are entirely invisible. In other cases, microbes extend into the visible, forming colorful and elaborate colonies and microbial mats.”

Scott Chimileski is based in the Kolter Lab at Harvard Medical School. He is a guest curator of the Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight exhibition currently at the Harvard Museum of Natural History which is on view through September 3, 2019.  He is coauthor with Roberto Kolter of Life at the Edge of Sight: A Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Chimileski received a Passion in Science Award in Arts and Creativity from New England Biolabs in 2016 and the BioArt award in 2016 and 2017 from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).  His images have been published in many popular outlets, including TIME, WIRED, The Atlantic, STAT, NPR, Scientific American and Smithsonian Magazine.

Tickets are available by phone at 508/385-4477 x 20 or online at

Attached are images of microbes from Life at the Edge of Sight and Scott Chimileski.

About Cape Cod Museum of Art


Founded by artists in 1981, CCMoA is the home of Cape Cod art.  It preserves the work of the Cape’s finest artists and celebrates the distinctive artistic identity of the Cape & Islands region.  The Museum is a major hub of cultural creativity.  It educates, inspires and excites the imagination through its outstanding art collection and diverse programming while caring for its many communities.  The Museum is situated in a beautiful setting surrounded by a Sculpture Garden at the Cape Cod Center for the Arts. CCMoA has seven galleries, a Museum Shop and a film screening room. It is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

            CCMoA is located at 60 Hope Lane, just off Route 6A, on the campus with Cape Cinema and the Cape Cod Playhouse in Dennis, MA. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tues through Sat and noon to 5 pm on Sunday.  The Galleries are open on ARTfull Thursdays from 5 – 8 with no admission fee.  General Admission is $9, $7 for seniors and students 19+ with school ID, $5 for students 13 to 18, and free for children 12 & under. For more information, see or call (508) 385-4477. Follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
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