Math professor to host origami exhibit at the University of Kentucky

WILMORE, KY—Dr. Duk Lee, associate professor of mathematics at Asbury College, will have his exhibit on display at three University of Kentucky libraries. Lee’s exhibit, “Origami: The Art of Science and Mathematics,” features more than 50 origami works including geometric forms, animal, insect and plant figures. The exhibit runs March 30 through May 1 at the W.T. Young Library, the Fine Arts Library and the Science Library on the University of Kentucky campus.

In addition to the exhibit, Dr. Lee will host three special events:

Hands-on Origami Workshop
Friday, April 3, 2009 (3-5 p.m.), during the Japanese Culture Festival, sponsored by UK’s Japanese Culture in Kentucky Society (JCIKS)
The Free Speech Area (located near the Student Center patio)
Brief talk on the history of origami, followed by hands-on activities with origami models beyond the paper crane. Young children are welcome, but adult assistance is encouraged during folding activities.
Admission is free.
No registration needed.

Opening reception
Sunday, April 5, 2009 (2-4 p.m.) (tentative time)
The Gallery (room 1-65) on the first floor of William T. Young Library

Lecture and Hands-on Workshop
Thursday, April 9, 2009 (5-7 p.m.)
The Gallery (room 1-65) on the first floor of W.T. Young Library
The talk will focus on mathematical connections to origami techniques, followed by a hands-on workshop.
Admission is free.
Space is limited; please register online.

Inspired by internationally renowned origami scientists like Robert J. Lang, Thomas Hull, Shuzo Fujimoto, Humiaki Huzita, and Erik Demaine, Dr. Lee began folding origami as a tool to teach mathematics. He is fascinated by the coexistence of artistic beauty and scientific creativity within origami. Since 2005, he has been a member of Origami-USA and has presented numerous talks, workshops, and exhibitions.

In addition to the main exhibition, there will be an installation of 1,000 paper cranes, symbols according to ancient Japanese legends, which promise as peace and long life to anyone who folds the cranes. School students, teachers, and community residents in and around Lexington folded these paper cranes to convey their commitment to world peace.

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