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Art of ScienceCharles Albert Blanchard"Lambertian photographCharles Blanchard led Wheaton for 43 years, beginning in 1882."During Dr. Philip Ryken's inaugural week, art professor Greg Halvorsen Schreck unveiled his exhibit, titled "Portraits of Wheaton's Presidents in Light and Shadow." A striking marriage of art and science, these rich, black-and-white portraits become visible only when illuminated from beneath by a single light. Without the right lighting, each work appears to be merely a stack of thinly sliced, concave slats of wood hung perpendicular to the wall, with only a suggestion of an image.Schreck collaborated with industrial physicist Mark Woodworth to create the portraits, which make use of Johann Lambert's cosine law, an equation describing radiant densities based on the angle of light and the angle of a surface. Woodworth coded the equation into software that would translate the pixel densities into surface changes, and Schreck then individually milled each of the 96 basswood slats that comprise each portrait. Intended to commemorate the inauguration of our eighth president, Schreck says the exhibit also highlights the potential of Wheaton's newly completed art and science buildings. He adds, "Light moves through the exhibit to communicate the idea of God's hand moving through three centuries, blessing the College through the individual gifts of each president."