CREATORS – Igor Siwanowicz

Name: Igor Siwanowicz Which came first in your life, the science or the art? Fascination with nature and proclivity for visual arts manifested pretty early on in my life and were moving along parallel trajectories until some 10 years ago, when they finally converged and merged. If you believe my mom, even before I could walk I was paying a lot of attention to wildlife, with particular fixation on gastropods for some reason. “If you…

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BITS – Bodies

“Bodies.” This single word is the inspiration behind a bold new exhibition, on view from November 15, 2019 to February 16, 2020 at Chicago’s International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS). Bringing together the words of art, design, and medicine, BODIES: SAIC Intro to Designed Objects features a wide range of creative works in response to the simple prompt: “bodies.” From wearable art to sculptural projects, each unique work was created by a student in Megan…

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CREATORS – Anne Mondro

Name: Anne Mondro Which came first in your life, the science or the art? Art came first. My parents nurtured my creativity throughout my childhood. When I was in eighth grade, I assisted my science teacher in preparing for her anatomy class exams at a local community college in the evenings. I remember being fascinated by the anatomical specimens. I many times thought peace had come by Anne Mondro My heart ran to thee by…

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CREATORS – Tahani Baakdhah

Name: Tahani Baakdhah Which came first in your life, the science or the art? Art was always part of my journey in life. During elementary and high school days, I was a member of art club and regularly participated in painting, drawing, sewing, and textile art classes. I developed many skills back then that helped me in building my art career. I was also taking a science major in high school and continued attending medical…

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CREATORS – Noah Bressman

Name: Noah Bressman Which came first in your life, the science or the art? Definitely the science. I’ve always wanted to be a fish biologist, while the only art I would do growing up was the occasional fish doodle. I got into the art because when I moved for grad school my walls were empty and boring. To change that, I went to an art gallery and found out that art was expensive. I couldn’t…

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CREATORS – Vera Scekic

Name: Vera Scekic Which came first in your life, the science or the art? In retrospect, the science came first. I spent much of my childhood roaming a field of grass and woods at the end of my street in search of insects, showy flowers, and rocks with crinoid fossils. (My home sat atop the Niagara Cuesta, and there was a quarry nearby.) Out of these “specimens,” I fashioned crude terraria populated with rubber spiders…

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FEATURES – Fermenting Feminism

“Kombucha as a sticky allegory where language goes to die.” These words cling to the window of Vancouver’s Access Gallery, welcoming me into the artist-run centre. The strange black characters, I soon learn, are part of Walter Scott’s XINONA—one of several works featured in Fermenting Feminism. Led by artist-curator Lauren Fournier, the site-responsive curatorial experiment is on view at the gallery until October 26, 2019. Just as the title suggests, the show brings together the…

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CREATORS – Ilka Bauer

Name: Ilka Bauer Which came first in your life, the science or the art? I guess that depends on how you define “science.” I have loved doing art as long as I can remember, and I have always been fascinated by the natural world. Early on though, that fascination was mainly at a visceral level. I enjoyed learning and figuring things out, but probably more than that, I was drawn to the smell of forests,…

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CREATORS – Karen Gustafson

Name: Karen Gustafson Which came first in your life, the science or the art? Art came first. I was constantly drawing on our walls when I was young kid, frustrating my parents. The immediacy of putting a mark on a surface, watching an image develop as those individual marks accumulate, still inspires me. My love of nature developed early on in my life. When I was 8 years old, my family moved to Northern Minnesota…

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SPACES – UCLA Art|Sci Center + Lab

For more than a decade, the UCLA Art|Sci Center and Lab has created space for intersections of media art and bio/nano sciences. The Center hosts regular open lectures, mixers, and symposiums designed to bring artists and scientists together under one roof. By integrating two distinct, but complimentary, philosophies into a “Third Culture,” this space is designed to excite the community to consider how art and science are pertinent in society. Partnered and housed within the…

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