UCF Programs Add to Pompeii Exhibit at Orlando Science Center

Several UCF programs are being presented in partnership with the Orlando Science Center’s exhibit of Pompeii: The Immortal City, which will run through Jan. 24.

The traveling display, the third and final stop in the United States, presents artwork, artifacts, interactive devices and multimedia experiences to show the effects of the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which buried the Roman city of Pompeii.

Life and Death in Pompeii will be a UCF webinar presentation and discussion at noon Friday, Nov. 6, about the era and what was going on at the time of the eruption. Historians of art, archaeology, and classical languages and literatures will present their research. Ilenia Colón Mendoza will moderate the symposium and a Q&A will follow each of three topics:

  • “Greek and Roman Myths in the Houses of Pompeii and the Bay of Naples” with Robert Vander Poppen, an associate professor of classical art and
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UCF CREATE’s Work with Children Featured in Pompeii Exhibit at Orlando Science Center

Visitors to the international Pompeii exhibit currently running at the Orlando Science Center (OSC) will get to see frescos from the city buried under ash — as well as frescos made by first, second, and third graders living in neighborhoods around downtown Orlando.

Through the UCF Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE)’s Extended Classroom Experience program, three classes from Lake Eola Charter School learned about the art and science of making frescos, a painting technique common in ancient Italy that involves plaster and pigment.

The new 10,000 square foot immersive exhibit at the OSC opened earlier this month and will wrap up in January 2021. “Pompeii: the Lost City” provides a look at the archaeological site destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. From interactive mechanical devices to artifacts from the time and an erupting volcano display, the exhibition captures the

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