University of the Philippines Los Baños
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:00

Agri professors Sumalde, De Guzman mount art exhibit at Sining Makiling

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Two professors from the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) have proven once again that scientists can be artists, too.

This much is proven in the art exhibit entitled “Artistic Hands, Scientific Minds,” showcasing the artworks of two agriculture science professors: Dr. Augusto C. Sumalde of the Institute of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology, and Dr. Constancio C. De Guzman of the Institute of Crop Science.  

“Artistic Hands, Scientific Minds” deal with a wide variety of subjects, from portraits, landscapes, florals, and animals, to ordinary objects and abstract ideas. They are expressed through different styles and techniques such as realism, cubism, abstract expressionism, surrealism, and impressionism. The artworks use different kinds of conventional materials such as water color, pen, oil pastel, acrylic, and unconventional materials such as natural dyes from sugar beet, carrot, red chili, and purple rice.

 “If you are an artist, painter, or anybody who is doing drawing, or if you are a dancer or a pianist, the ultimate goal to check whether you are good or not is to have an exhibit. That is the only way to show that you have real talent,” said Dr. Sumalde, whose lifelong dream of having his own exhibit has come true.

Dr. Sumalde added that aside from sharing their works, the exhibit aims to inspire the students and employees of UPLB to develop their artistic talents. “They should allow their talents to develop further,” he stressed.

Like Dr. Sumalde, Dr. De Guzman also views the exhibit as a validation for doing a good job. “It’s really more on personal joy to do something you’re capable of – creating something beautiful out of something,” he said.

Dr. De Guzman underscored that the exhibit will prove that scientists are not only confined in laboratories; they can be in an art gallery and show their artworks. 

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The exhibit is free to the public and runs from March 3 to April 7 at Sining Makiling Gallery, DL Umali Hall. (Ma. Leoloura C. Fernandez)