“it started with Chemistry”

A recent article in the Huffington Post adds to our understanding of the art and science connection. In a fascinating interview, artist and academic Rebecca Kamen shares how her work is strongly influenced by a passion for both art and science.

She says “Scientists and artists have intuitions about certain things, which provides the basis for their research. Both disciplines conduct experiments and collect data in a manner that tries to support the illusion, creating a path for making the invisible, visible”.

The interview, which elucidates more fully on the art-science connection and how this is represented in her works, is one of a series of interviews with artists and humanists being featured in the Huffington Post.

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University of Kansas launches art research initiative to bring artists and scientists together

The Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) launched at the University of Kansas and funded by a grant from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation,  will bring artists and non-arts academics together to create ‘hybrid, collaborative projects’ and integrate arts into the research agenda of the university.  The initiative’s mission includes bringing external scholars and creative professionals to the museum each year to work on particular projects.  In 2017 this includes exhibitions on the topic of ‘Big Botany’. IARI will also include, field trips and roundtable discussions for scientists and artists.

Director of the Spencer Museum of Art, Reece Hardy said  “We hope this can become a prototype for other university art museums to galvanize their collections, as well as their creative power for higher education”.

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