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A flower and a speech bubble next to the words “Meaning Beauty: The Vibrant Vocabulary of Honeysuckles”.

Meaningful Beauty: The Vibrant Vocabulary of Honeysuckle
February 22 through March 27, 2022
Tuesday – Thursday 12:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.
And by appointment. (Email
Closed during TCNJ Spring Break March 13-20


A symmetry tree of different types of flowers.


The exhibition, Meaningful Beauty: The Vibrant Vocabulary of Honeysuckles will be on view in the College of New Jersey Art Gallery in early 2022. The exhibition is the product of an extensive collaboration between TCNJ’s School of the Arts & Communication and School of Science, developed by both students and faculty. The work on display blends art and science, featuring interactive and animated media, digital fabrication, and augmented reality technology that all ages can enjoy. 


Sketch of a hummingbird drinking from a flower next to a small picture of an real honeysuckle.


Meaningful Beauty explores the idea that beauty has meaning in the world of plants. While people tend to overlook the particular characteristics of plants that surround us, unique features such as flower color and leaf arrangement communicate important information to the insects and animals in the surrounding environment. The many varieties of honeysuckle highlighted in the exhibition clearly illustrate adaptations that are both visually striking and essential to the plants’ success.


Photograph of an open laptop next to a person facing forwards.


The exhibition project is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and draws on related research from both faculty and student collaborators at TCNJ, Yale and St. John’s universities. Following its stay at TCNJ, the exhibition will on view at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Massachusetts.