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Jerri Bartholomew receiving samples in river

At the intersection of art and science

Jerri Bartholomew, head of the Department of Microbiology

Jerri Bartholomew is a marine biologist and salmon researcher, head of the Department of Microbiology as well as a passionate artist who has worked in glassmaking for more than 25 years. But as she explains, sometimes these worlds collide.

The result is beautiful collages of Pacific Northwest images that are at the core of her work in glass. With a color palette that is simple, with black and white photographs central, Bartholomew.

Drawing inspiration from science, Bartholomew combines photographic screen prints with more free-form imagery to create fused and cast glass pieces. This winter she exhibited glass pieces of iconic bridges of Portland in an OSU faculty exhibit in the Memorial Union.

Bartholomew’s work is sold at Western galleries and can also be found adorning the walls of the Memorial Union and other places across campus.