EKG (Esther Klein Gallery) is Breadboard’s exhibition and project space located at 3600 Market Street. EKG puts forth 5-6 curated exhibits annually that explore intersections between art, design, science and technology. Exhibiting artists have the unique opportunity to access NextFab Studio fabrication resources toward the realization of creative work for scheduled EKG exhibits.
In 1976, Science Center President, Dr. Randall Whaley introduced a program directive to explore synergies between art and science which led to an annual exhibition program and permanent space at 3600 Market Street. The new gallery space was named after Esther M. Klein, an active member on the Science Center’s Board of Directors, who played an integral role in the program’s early success.
In 1977 founding EKG director Libby Newman launched the Art-in-Science exhibition series that focused on relationships between art and science. Two early exhibits featured work by noted luminary and Science Center World Fellow in Residence, R. Buckminster Fuller (1980, 1983).
To date EKG has worked with close to 1500 local, national and international artists and facilitated programs in partnership with over 350 schools, community organizations and institutions in the Philadelphia area and abroad.