March, 2016
Science to Art - Works by Gopal Murti
March 18–May 13, 2016

For nearly 40 years, Murti studied the biological world—from molecules to tissues­—using confocal, multi-photon and electron microscopes. His images received awards and adorned the covers of over 30 scientific journals as well as Time magazine.

After retirement in 2008, Murti became a watercolor painter, moving from technology to paint and brushes, creating works of art. This exhibition highlights Murti’s work, both as a scientist and an artist, and the transition seen through his processes.

Meet the artist for an informal reception on Friday, March 18 from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For accessibility requests, please contact Kim Johnson, 615.532.9797. Click here for directions and parking.

June, 2015
Dr.Murti received his first National award, an honorable mention, for his painting "Panni Stesi Sul Canale" at the Gibson County Visual Art Association National show. Dr. Murti also completed a painting entitled "Sentinels of Hinduism" commissioned by Drs. Sridhar and Lakshmi Rayudu. Dr. Murti's grandson, Mohan, (see attached photo) is one-year old and keeps grandpa away from art as much as possible. The oldest daughter Aparna and the youngest daughter Suvarna just announced that they are due to deliver babies in December, 2015 and January, 2016 respectively. Suddenly, the Murti household is seeing a population explosion!
May, 2015
Dr. Murti will be participating in three upcoming shows. First, MGAL Star Artist Juried Exhibition which will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave., Memphis TN, 38120, from March 5 to March 31. Second, a 2-Artist show at the Kroc Community Center, 800 E. Parkway South, Memphis, TN, 38104, which will run from March 8 to April 6. He will show 12 of his paintings which will be for sale as well. Part of the proceeds of the sale will be used for the benefit of the Kroc Community Center. Third, Gibson County Visual Arts Association's 14th National Juried Exhibition which will be held at Trenton, TN, from April 6 to May 8. He plans to participate in two more competitive shows, MGAL Spring Exhibition and MGAL National Exhibition, both of which will be held later this year.
March, 2015
Dr.Murti achieved Platinum level status in the Memphis-Germantown Art League. This is the highest honor bestowed by MGAL based on a point-system for being accepted in a number of juried shows, for winning awards and for holding shows.
February, 2015
The 2-artist show in which Dr. Murti participated was quite successful and attended by 70+ people. Dr. Murti sold a painting entitled "Prickles and Flowers" to a Professor at the University of Tennessee.
November, 2014
At the 2014 Winter Juried Exhibition of the Memphis-Germantown Art League, Dr. Gopal Murti received the Judge’s Special Award for Creativity for his watercolor painting entitled “Panni Stesi Sul Canale”. The exhibition runs from November 19 to December 29th at the St. George’s Episcopal Church Gallery (2425 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown) and is open to the public. Dr.Murti was also the invited artist at the Fine Art Show held at the St. George’s Independent School in Collierville during November 6-8. At this show, two of his paintings (“Equi modestus “ and “Fall in the Park”) were bought by the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital for display on their premises. The Kroc Community Center (800 East Parkway South, Memphis) Art Committee has just chosen Dr. Murti as one of its featured artists during 2015. He will be showing 10-20 of his paintings at the center from March 8-April 4, 2015. The exhibit is open to the public.  
September, 2014
Gopal was invited to participate in the Annual St. George’s Independent School Fine Art Show & Sale. The Organizers felt that his artwork will be a strong addition to their show this year. The show dates are November 6-8, 2014 and the opening night Reception will be on Thursday, November 6.

Gopal was also chosen by Kroc Art Display committee to showcase his art along with Dr. Kathleen Stern ( in 2015. The committee selected prominent local artists for 9 shows in 2015.
Gopal’s watercolor painting “Panni Stesi Sul Canale” was featured on the 2014-2015 Membership Directory of the Memphis Germantown Art League (MGAL).

Gopal was the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the Artist’s Link, a local group of artists and photographers. The event was held at the Conference room at Jason’s Deli on September 10 and the presentation was entitled “Science to Art”. The talk was enthusiastically received by 40+ local artists and photographers.
June, 2014
Gopal was blessed with his first grand-child, Mohan Emery Fehr. The boy was born to his 2nd  daughter  Surekha and son-in-law Robert. Needless to say Gopal’s art career is on a hold.
May, 2014
Two watercolor paintings by Gopal were selected by the judge, Mr. Roger Dale Brown, for the Annual MGAL Spring Exhibition. The paintings were entitled “Fall in the Park” and “Dear Diary”. This event also marks the end of Gopal’s 2- year term as the President of MGAL.

Gopal received the Spectrum Award, the highest award given by MGAL to an official who provided exceptional service to the organization. The award is given occasionally depending on the availability of the deserving member.