Center Gallery, Main Level:


Now celebrating its 44th year, the Nikon Small World Competition is widely regarded as the leading forum to recognize proficiency and photographic excellence of photography taken under the microscope. To select the winners, competition judges analyzed entries from all over the world.

First place was awarded to Emirati photographer Yousef Al Habshi, who sees the eyes as the windows to stunning insect artwork and research. The 2018 winning image captures part of the compound eyes and surrounding greenish scales of an Asian Red Palm weevil. This type of Metapocyrtus subquadrulifer beetle is typically less than 11 mm (0.43 in) in size and is found in the Philippines.

According to Al Habshi, “through photomicrography we can find a whole new, beautiful world which hasn’t been seen before. It’s like discovering what lies under the Ocean’s surface.”

In 2018, the competition received nearly 2,500 entries from scientists and artists in 89 countries. Small World is widely regarded as the leading forum for recognizing the art, proficiency and photographic excellence involved in photomicrography. The submissions are evaluated on originality, informational content, technical proficiency, and visual impact.

Art Mezanine:


Daniel Lanzilotta’s artistic mission is to bring greater significance to the seemingly insignificant. Daniel calls himself a “plastician,” working with plastic waste, detritus, rubbish, fragments of litter, trash, flotsam, and jetsam. He works predominantly with plastic ocean debris. He has collected a majority of his debris from the Atlantic Ocean along Southwestern France and northern Spain, as well as the Bronx River, Orchard Beach, other sites in the Bronx, and along Coastal Connecticut’s Long Island Sound.

Daniel uses his art to engage his viewers to ponder their consumer habits contributing to plastic debris affecting our shared environments. Daniel’s mission is to help people and communities to shift in baby steps to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Daniel’s work is inspired and influenced by Gestalt Philosophy, specifically Kurt Koffka’s principle posit, “The whole is other than the sum of its parts.” Daniel’s “whole” invites the viewer to find increased value and richness in the common and mundane. The world has become plasticized. He rescues this debris from landfills, oceans, beaches and other waterways. He recoups wasted, discarded materials. Daniel repurposes insignificant items and gives them a new purpose. Significance. Beauty. A new vision.

Daniel Lanzilotta was born and raised in the Bronx. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He is a Bronx 200 artist. His work has been shown in Europe, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California. Daniel is also a classically trained chef and has a culinary arts degree from The New York Restaurant School. He currently owns and operates Leap Foods, a private dinner party and events service.

Upper Level:


Connecticut native Michael Florio has a huge passion for photography, art, science, and technology. His love of these subjects has brought him through a rabbit hole of wonder and amazement. His desire to share the incredible aspects of our universe with others is captured through a dynamic study of sunsets and the fascinating reasons why we experience the glorious colors in a twilight sky.

He wishes to reignite the imagination in adults and inspire young people, whether it is through the art of photography, exploring the cosmos through a telescope, or creating an at-home science project.