January 2024

Eisemann Edge

Sensing Deep Space: Pandora's Cluster

January 7th - February 4th, 2024

Common Thread Collective
People, Places, & Things


November 29th, 2023 - January 28th, 2024

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Eisemann Edge

Sensing Deep Space: Pandora's Cluster

Sensing Deep Space

In a triumph of visionary collaboration, the nonprofit SciArt Exchange unveils an installation that transcends the realms of human capability. Sensing Deep Space: Pandora's Cluster is an installation that was first cast as a dream in the minds of SciArt Exchange's luminary figures: Dr. Jancy McPhee, the Executive Director, and Ari Peralta, Chairman of the Board. United with the nonprofit's associates and partners from the esteemed University of Texas at Dallas, the journey also takes on the creative direction of the audiovisual artist and composer, Ben Heim. 

Ben Heim is an Australian composer and audiovisual artist now in New York City. His work spans contemporary classical music, film scoring, video art, immersive experiences, AI, and virtual reality. With a keen focus on the intersection of sound and visual elements, Heim pushes the boundaries of traditional art forms to create immersive experiences that captivate audiences.

Drawing inspiration from the extraordinary Pandora's Cluster, a galactic collision of several galaxy clusters located approximately 4 billion light-years away, the installation will incorporate cutting-edge technologies to create a multisensory experience. Astronomers have been studying this region for decades, using Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra telescopes, and most recently James Webb Space Telescope. The James Webb Space Telescope and its unprecedented observational capabilities, revolutionizes our deep space exploration. It offers humanity a portal into the inaccessible deep space, allowing the creation of a spellbinding installation that shatters the boundaries of earthly experience, enabling visitors to traverse the untraversable. Pandora's Cluster, a realm too distant and unfathomable for human feet to tread, is now attainable through the exquisite marriage of artistry and science.

This free exhibit is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 1:00-7:00pm and Sundays from 1:00-5:00pm in the Bank of America Hall and runs until February 4th. Registration is required! Visit the Ticket Office the day of your visit or register on our website: www.EisemannCenter.com.

The Eisemann Edge Initiative at Communities Foundation of Texas (“Eisemann Edge”) uplifts nonprofits and projects that explore the intersection of technology with performing and visual arts. Launched in 2019 through support from Charles and the late Ann Eisemann, Eisemann Edge encourages the growth of tech-based arts internationally. In 2022, CFT began partnering with the Eisemanns to manage and support its grantmaking process.

Picture of Ben Heim

Ben Heim

Common Thread Collective
People, Places, & Things

Picture of Lana Housewright, Michelle Noah, and Leslie Montena

From right to left: Housewright, Noah, & Montena

This exhibition has been extended through January 28th, 2024!

Common Thread Collective is a group of women from Texas who share a passion for art and collaboration hoping to inspire others though the use of visual art. Three of the artists from the collective are returning this year with a variety of mediums and unique takes on the theme of this exhibition: People, Places, & Things.

Michelle Noah, founder of Common Thread Collective, is a returning artist in the Green Mezzanine Gallery excited to bring back new pieces related to a past exhibition she brought to the Eisemann Center, the vibrant and colorful collection By the Numbers: An Enneagram Series. Patrons will have the opportunity to interact with this portion of the gallery and hopefully learn something new about themself in the process. She is the owner of Ninth Street Gallery, an artist studio in Downtown Garland. Click here to visit Michelle's website.

Leslie Montena is an engineer, multi-media artist, and founder of unique and luxurious art company called Colors For The Soul. She is a contemporary painter, silhouette-ist, and resin design artist best known for her abstract, cultural multimedia pieces. Since her last appearance at the Eisemann Center, she has opened her own gallery in Garland called Epiphany Gallery. Click here to visit Leslie's website.

Lana Housewright opened Ninth Street Gallery with Noah in 2016. She is an award-winning creative, master watercolorist and career architect. She is a Texas State Fair Grand Prize winner. Her work is precise and heavily detailed, but Lana is a playful personality and brings an exciting ingenuity to the group.

You have another chance to meet the artists! First Fridays for the month of January will take place on January 5th from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Forest and Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery at the Eisemann Center. Enjoy light bites and wander the gallery with your fellow local visual art lovers!

First Fridays Graphic

Gallery Views

Piece by Leslie Montena

Some works by Leslie Montena

Piece by Lana Housewright

Some works by Lana Housewright

Piece by Michelle Noah

Some works by Michelle Noah

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