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Media Advisory - Special Media Preview for BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life - 02/28/20

On Mar. 7, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will host the Pacific Northwest debut of Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, a new presentation of the groundbreaking anatomical exhibition series BODY WORLDS that has been seen by more than 50 million people globally. 

The opening in March will mark the third time a BODY WORLDS exhibit has been featured at OMSI. In 2006, BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies became the most popular exhibit in the museum’s history. 

WHAT
OMSI is hosting an exclusive media-only preview event of its latest feature exhibition: BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life. Media will have access to the exhibit prior to its opening to the public. 

WHEN
Thursday, March 5, 9-11 a.m.

WHO
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with and interview the following:
•    Nancy Stueber, OMSI president
•    Dr. Angelina Whalley, managing director of the Institute for Plastination
•    Jennifer Powers, OMSI feature exhibit manager

WHERE
The event takes place in OMSI’s Feature Hall. Media can meet with John Farmer in the main lobby between 8:45 and 9 a.m.

About BODY WORLDS 
Invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977, the plastination process replaces the natural fluids in the specimen with liquid reactive plastics that are hardened and cured with gas, light, or heat. Before hardening the plastic in the specimens, the plastinates are fixed into extraordinary, lifelike poses, illustrating how our bodies internally respond to everyday movements and activities. Plastination provides the flexibility and strength needed to display and preserve the specimens in their true-to-life form, without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde. Dr. von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from an established body donation program that relies on donor consent. The specimens on display, excluding a small number of acquisitions from anatomical collections and anatomy programs, stem from a body donation program that was begun in the early 1980s by Dr. von Hagens.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

Science-Fueled Fun For Adults at OMSI After Dark: Winter Ale Fest - 02/25/20

PORTLAND, Ore. – Since 2008, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has hosted an after-hours experience for the 21+ crowd. Held monthly, each event highlights the science and ideas behind a specific theme, with interactive science demonstrations, local educational organizations, performance arts, and food and drink tastings. Past themes have featured Animation, Oceans, Oktoberfest. 

At OMSI After Dark: Winter Ale Fest on February 26, guests can explore the museum while sampling a variety of beers from 20 local breweries. Scientific demonstrations will show how to use light to identify different types of beers and what happens when a 40 oz. beer is infused with ultrasonic sound waves. Additionally, there will be live performances by The Coffers, A-WOL Dance Collective, and World Champion of Magic Jason Latimer.

WHAT: OMSI After Dark: Winter Ale Fest

WHEN: February 26, 6–10pm

WHERE: The event takes place in all the major halls and areas within OMSI.

CONTACT: Media interested in reporting on or attending the event can contact John Farmer: jfarmer@omsi.edu, 503.797.4517. 

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

Nancy Stueber will retire from the position of president effective May 31, 2020
Nancy Stueber will retire from the position of president effective May 31, 2020
Nancy Stueber, OMSI President, Retires After 38 Years With the Organization - Chief Operating Officer, Erin Graham, Will Take On the Role as President (Photo) - 02/20/20

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced today that Nancy Stueber will retire from her position as chief executive officer and president of OMSI effective May 31. Chief Operating Officer, Erin Graham, has been appointed by the board as the new president and will assume the role upon Stueber’s departure.

“On behalf of the entire OMSI Board of Trustees, we thank Nancy Stueber for her exemplary service of more than 35 years and welcome Erin Graham to her new leadership role,” said Alistair Firmin, chair, OMSI board of trustees. “The board recently collaborated with human resource professionals and community partners to create a strategic leadership succession plan that envisioned this transition. We are now implementing that plan as we celebrate the strength of the OMSI organization that has grown under Nancy’s leadership and with Erin’s role in the development of the next five-year strategic plan. Nancy has led the institution she loves with a mission she lives and inspires each day, and she has navigated well through an amazing period of growth and transformation. The executive team she has developed is prepared to lead OMSI into the future, and the staff and numerous community partners look forward to OMSI’s continued success as Oregon’s leading statewide science museum.”

Stueber has spent most of her professional career at OMSI. She was hired in 1982 as a science educator and rose through the ranks to become Vice President of Exhibits in 1989 and President in 2000. Throughout her tenure, OMSI has benefited from Nancy’s science background, focus on students and visitor experiences, knowledge of effective STEAM programs that inspire young learners, world-class exhibits, robust partnerships, community engagement, successful fundraising, team development and exemplary leadership.

“Working at OMSI has been a rich and rewarding experience and it is something for which I am grateful every day. I have met and worked with so many wonderful people over the years – too many to count,” said Stueber, president of OMSI. “My husband and I are looking forward to some of the adventures that we’ve put on hold over the years. The timing of this decision is right; over the past 20 years, we have seen an amazing time of growth and transformation for OMSI. We’re now poised to take the next significant steps toward our 20-year vision. The board couldn’t have selected a better replacement than Erin Graham; she is fully equipped, uniquely positioned and ready to be president. The organization is in good hands.”

Graham has a solid track record of leadership success and has led the development of OMSI’s upcoming five-year strategic plan and long-range facilities plan. She served previously as VP of Development and led the capital campaign for the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray. An employee since 2010, she is highly respected across the organization and is ready to lead OMSI into its next chapter.

“OMSI has flourished under Nancy’s leadership, and I am truly honored to be selected as its next president. Working closely with the OMSI board, staff, partners, and communities we serve, I’m looking forward to building on OMSI’s successes and embracing new challenges in this next chapter of the organization’s story,” said Graham, OMSI chief operating officer. “Nancy is an extraordinary person, and I could not have asked for a better mentor and friend in helping me prepare for this role.”

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

OMSI to Host Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life: Special Exhibit Reveals the Marvel of the Human Body from Birth to Old Age - 02/18/20

PORTLAND, Ore. – On Mar. 7, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will host the Pacific Northwest debut of Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, a new presentation of the groundbreaking anatomical exhibition series BODY WORLDS that has been seen by more than 50 million people globally. 

The opening in March will mark the third time a BODY WORLDS exhibit has been featured at OMSI. In 2006, BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies became the most popular exhibit in the museum’s history. 

The 10,000-square-foot exhibit, designed by BODY WORLDS’ creative and conceptual designer Dr. Angelina Whalley, is different from the two previous BODY WORLDS exhibits at OMSI. It focuses on the human life cycle, capturing the body at every stage—at its most healthy, as it changes, grows, matures, and finally wanes. 

“We are thrilled to once again bring BODY WORLDS to the Pacific Northwest. This extraordinary exhibit will offer our visitors a unique experience and spark conversations about the many changes experienced during each phase of life and highlight the steps we can all take to remain fit, healthy, and active,” said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president. 

In addition to showcasing the wonders of human development, the exhibit’s numerous specimens demonstrate the complexity, resilience, and vulnerability of the human body when in distress, when stricken by disease and when in optimal health. All specimens presented in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions are preserved through plastination, a scientific process invented by pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens.

Highlights of BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life include:
*    More than 100 specimens specially curated for this exhibition. Visitors will see individual organs and systems, as well as full-body plastinates in various poses including football players, gymnasts and more.
*    A stunning look at conception and prenatal development, which features a multimedia display on cell division and a remarkable collection of plastinates acquired from historical anatomical collections. 
*    The Artists’ Gaze – an exploration of the sight and vision of artists Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, who suffered from cataracts and retinal eye disease. 
*    Centennial Village – a feature on findings from geographic clusters around the world that are home to the longest living people on earth, from Okinawa, Japan, to Ovodda, Sardinia, to the Hunza region of Pakistan. These people, who defy what longevity means, have been found to share common traits and lifestyle practices that are worthy of attention.

The BODY WORLDS series was originally conceived to educate the public about the inner workings of the human body and to reveal the long-term effects of both healthy and unhealthy lifestyles. BODY WORLDS is the first exhibition of its kind to inform the visitor about anatomy, physiology and health by viewing real human bodies donated to the Institute for Plastination, established by Dr. von Hagens in 1977. 

"Dr. von Hagens originally developed plastination as a way to teach people about the human body and show its full potential,” said Dr. Angelina Whalley, director of the Institute for Plastination. “Today, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is the perfect way to use this science to showcase the beauty of the human body and reveal the secrets of vitality, longevity and well-being."  

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life opens at OMSI on Mar. 7 and will remain on exhibit through Sep. 13. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $26 for adults, $18 for youth (ages 3-13), and $22 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $12 for adults, $10 for youth, and $11 for seniors. Guests can purchase tickets online at omsi.edu, via phone at 503.797.4000, or in person at the museum starting Feb. 17. Due to tremendous public interest, advance ticket purchase is recommended. 

About BODY WORLDS 
Invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977, the plastination process replaces the natural fluids in the specimen with liquid reactive plastics that are hardened and cured with gas, light, or heat. Before hardening the plastic in the specimens, the plastinates are fixed into extraordinary, lifelike poses, illustrating how our bodies internally respond to everyday movements and activities. Plastination provides the flexibility and strength needed to display and preserve the specimens in their true-to-life form, without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde. Dr. von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from an established body donation program that relies on donor consent. The specimens on display, excluding a small number of acquisitions from anatomical collections and anatomy programs, stem from a body donation program that was begun in the early 1980s by Dr. von Hagens.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu. 

Last Chance to Experience Exquisite Creatures at OMSI - 01/31/20

PORTLAND, Ore. – Exquisite Creatures, an awe-inspiring exhibit of the connections between art, nature and science, ends its run at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on Feb. 17. 

Guests of all ages have come to experience these remarkable displays of rare animals, plants, and minerals gathered from across the globe. Tapping the natural world as his medium, Oregon artist Christopher Marley’s revolutionary work features elements of nature in the precise geometric compositions that have become his signature. 

“Exquisite Creatures opens the door to a variety of complex topics by highlighting nature’s inherent beauty and design,” said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president and CEO. “This exhibit is a stunning and insightful way to show that art, science, and nature are very much linked together. It does a great job at making those topics accessible to audiences of all ages.” 

What people are saying:
*    “Absolutely worth a visit, the artwork was so beautiful and inspiring to see.”
*     “Christopher Marley’s Exquisite Creatures exhibit is masterful! Truly the most creative, passionate display of the natural world I’ve ever seen.”
*     “I just had one of the most remarkable experiences in my life. I’m not trying to hype or be over the top, but this exhibit was so inspiring. I was having a worship experience.”
*    “This was my favorite exhibit I’ve ever seen at OMSI. It’s absolutely spectacular, mesmerizing, meticulous, and biologically beautiful.”
*    “Exquisite Creatures is one of the most gorgeous things I’ve seen in a long time.” 
*    “This exhibit was absolutely breathtaking...the diversity, beauty, color, and intricate design of the creatures we share this planet with is incredible.”
*    “Blown away...the symmetry in each piece is astounding. So beautiful I could stare forever.”
*    “One of those things you have to see to believe. Grab the kids and go inspire some awe.”
*    “Truly the most creative, passionate display of the natural world I’ve ever seen. It is worth a trip to Portland!”

General admission to the museum is $15.00 for adults, $10.50 for youth (ages 3-13), and $12.00 for seniors (ages 63+). The exhibit is free for OMSI members. Guests can purchase tickets online at omsi.edu, via phone at 503.797.4000 or in person at the museum.

Following Exquisite Creatures is the critically acclaimed exhibit, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life. Opening at OMSI on Mar. 7, the exhibit features over 100 specimens that focus on the human life cycle, capturing the body at every stage—at its most healthy, as it changes, grows, matures, and finally wanes.

About Christopher Marley
Christopher Marley is an artist, designer, photographer and author, who uses preserved natural specimens as his medium. He grew up in Oregon, and works to broaden the world’s appreciation for the little-known or misunderstood artifacts of nature and remove the threat we sometimes feel from these organisms by focusing on their physical design. Marley collects or reclaims his subjects in an environmentally sensitive manner using a worldwide network of people and institutions that share his passion for nature. He maintains design studios in Oregon and Malaysia, where he develops new methods to preserve natural artifacts of all kinds. His three-dimensional art has been featured in numerous publications including Scientific American, Wired, Smithsonian.com and the Audubon magazine. Marley’s popular first book, Pheromone (Pomegranate, 2008) focused on his artwork with insects and was listed as one of the best books of the year by The Times (UK). His second book, Biophilia (Abrams, 2015) was a New York Times bestseller.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.