Invisible Portraits Opens Today with an Up Close Exhibition on Microbes

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is excited to launch its newest temporary exhibition today. Titled Invisible Portraits, this visual art exhibition reveals the secret world of microbes through high-tech images of microbial life refashioned as metal sculpture, wood carvings and large-scale portraiture by Kevin Carpenter, Erick James and Patrick Keeling.


“As part of our mission to make biodiversity better understood and appreciated, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum often explores the interaction between Art and Science with respect to biodiversity. The Invisible Portraits exhibition is a fantastic example of this aspect of our mission, but what make this exhibition especially exciting is that all three artists are current or former researchers at the Biodiversity Research Centre, our partner unit at UBC,” says Dr. Rick Taylor, Director and Curator of the Fish Collection at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.


Patrick Keeling and Erick James are current researchers, and Kevin Carpenter is a former researcher, of the Biodiversity Research Centre at UBC in the field of microbes, particularly protists.

Museum visitors can explore the beauty of microbes that is otherwise invisible to the naked eye until January 5, 2014.

Check out Invisible Portraits and see microbes the way you’ve never seen before!