Dark Matter isn't something you can see or feel, but it's the center of an art exhibition at Augustana College.
22 artists were given the chance to meet with scientists, and explore the research being done West River. What they created from that experience is now on display for everyone to enjoy.
Two exhibits in one. That's the best way to describe the "Into the Dark" display at the Visual Arts Center on the Augustana campus.
One half is dedicated to photographs taken at the Sanford Underground Lab in the Lead. The other half is more interpretive art.
"It really seems like it's a perfect marriage in a way. Science is always about trying to ask new questions and understand the unknown, and in many ways that's the same thing that artists do," Dr. Lindsay Twa, Director of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery said.
The artists got a rare opportunity to explore the Lab.
"I think it gave them a sense and a chance just to see the environment in which the experiments were taken on. And also to hear directly from the people that are asking the questions of, why does Dark Matter, matter? What exactly do they think it is," Twa said.
What they discovered now tours the state.
Those involved in the project hope this display of real-life photography and interpretive art will help bring awareness to the work being done in right here in South Dakota.
"In many ways the exhibition is almost a who's who of South Dakota artists. So it also gives our community members a nice survey of what our contemporary artists are doing now. These were all pieces that were created within the past summer, so it's fun to see that interaction too," Twa said.
An opening reception for the "Into the Dark" exhibit is being held Friday night, from 7 to 9:00 at Augustana's Eide/Dalrymple Gallery.
It is free and open to the public.
Normal hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday Noon to 5 p.m.