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Musings by Jeff Karlin will be on display at LCSC’s CAH

LEWISTON, Idaho – The Musings by Karlin exhibition, featuring the works of Lewiston High School science teacher and Lewis-Clark State College graduate Jeff Karlin, will be on display starting Friday, May 4, through June 2 at the LCSC Center for Arts & History, located at 415 Main Street in Lewiston.

An artist reception for Karlin will be held on Friday, May 4, at 5 p.m. at the Center.

Karlin’s paintings and sculptures are divided into three distinct musings. These thematic elements include musings arising from a lifetime living in the Inland Northwest, Karlin’s travels up and down the Pacific coastline, and his Irish and Celtic heritage. Karlin’s artistic expression is through scientific observation. His paintings reflect a drive to discover, analyze, and recreate the hidden details in nature. His sculptures focus on the interconnectedness between humanity and the natural world and are created from discarded natural items.

Karlin received degrees at LCSC then began teaching on the Oregon coast. After returning to Lewiston, he has spent the last two decades teaching astronomy, biology, ecology, environmental science, geology, marine biology, natural science, physics, and zoology at Lewiston High. Since 2010, Karlin has worked on Mars analog research with multiple NASA research teams. In 2016, he was named Field Support Team Lead for NASA BASALT missions on volcanoes and lava fields.

In 2015, Karlin was honored as Idaho finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. In 2017 he was named the Idaho Biology Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) and in April of 2018 was awarded the Pacific Northwest Outstanding Earth Science Teacher award by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).

Exhibits are brought to the Center for Arts & History by Inland 360 sponsorship and grant funding from US Bank and artsIDAHO.

The Center is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features free admission but donations are welcome. For more information about the exhibitions or to schedule a docent tour, visit or call 208-792-2247.