Leslie Davis is exploring new territory in science, but she doesn’t work in a lab.
Opening Saturday at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana is “Regeneration,” a multi-artist exhibit celebrating advances in stem-cell research. Davis is the exhibit’s curator and featured artist.
The exhibit is dedicated to the newly opened Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at UC Irvine. The research lab is named after Bill Gross, co-founder of Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co., and his wife. The Grosses donated $10 million to the project. The state-of-the-art facility opened May 14 and houses more than 60 researchers specializing in stem cell and regenerative medicine.
Each stained-glass and metal sculpture created by Davis represents a different researcher and their contributions to the field of science and medicine, she said.
“Researchers are the real unsung heroes,” Davis said. “They work their whole lives for that one breakthrough that will change the lives of millions of people, and most of them will never get the recognition that they deserve.”