From Data to Metaphor: An Integration of the Arts and Sciences

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 1:45-3:15pm

This panel will analogize art’s more typical collaborative end role in the sciences (communication, education and visualization) to the various contemporary means of applying art’s potential as an integrated applied tool. It will discuss recent Art, Design and Science collaborative initiatives, such as ARTsySTEM, which generate Art and STEM field curricula and research, where the integration is at the inception of these initiatives. Discussion will revolve around these merged methodologies and how they expand the roles of the Arts and Design fields into data collection, resilience design and solution building towards sustainability.


Since earning a Masters of Fine Arts in digital media from the University of Miami in 2005, Mark Lee Koven has worked as an interdisciplinary artist whose research merges materials and processes of art with those of science. Mr. Koven’s work has shown in over 100 exhibitions and venues such as the New York Science Museum, StoreFront for Art and Architecture New York, FlashArt Milan, Miami Science Museum, Southern Exposure San Francisco, Taipei Taiwan, and Scope London. Mr. Koven’s work is also included in various public and private collections including the Perez Art Museum, the Frost Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition to being the recipient of both a Florida State individual artist fellowship and North Carolina individual artists fellowship, he has received two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant in 2015-16 and 2018-19 for creating an integrated Art and Science public art work. Utilizing a wide range of mediums including bioluminescent fungi, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) imagery, and reactive computer interfaced installations with subjects of research comprised of: anthropological behaviors, data collection/visualization, renewable energy, and micro/macro environments. Mr. Mark Lee Koven is currently an Assistant Professor in the Applied Sciences and Technology department at Utah State University and Director of ARTsySTEM, a program that focuses on collaboration and integration between the Arts and STEM fields. Mr. Koven’s research is focused on integrating Arts with Sciences through interdisciplinary experiences, processes and data collection in extending arts potential as a component towards identifying and developing resourceful solutions to challenging regional and global concerns. While Art can be a potent educational component due to its aesthetic appeal, for over a decade his objective is to express and establish how it can become an integral component of real world applications in problem solving. Much of his research activities fall within three objectives centered on ecology and sustainability: 1. With art and designs ability to translate and impart data directly and indirectly through the visual and experiential, activities involve experiential mechanisms of persuasion and social engagement. 2. Integrating Art with the Sciences throughout a collaborative project with the resultant of art becoming an integral component with the Sciences in collecting data, communication and visualization. 3. Investigating ways to improve various types of renewable energy sources, specifically wind, and their potential installation and application in unexpected and unique locales.


Nancy Huntly received her BA in Biology and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Arizona and was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Minnesota with the Cedar Creek Long Term Ecological Research Project. She was at Idaho State University for 20 years, where she was a founder of the interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Research and Education, then moved to the National Science Foundation, where she was a Program Officer. She is currently the director for the Ecology Center at Utah State University and is also founding Co-Director of ARTsySTEM, a program that utilizes an integrated approach to public art making and interdisciplinary curriculum.


Dan Collins joined the School of Art faculty at Arizona State University in 1989. He is founding Co-Director of the PRISM lab (a 3D modeling and prototyping facility) and coordinator of the foundation art program (artCore). Collins studied studio art and art history at the University of California, Davis receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Art Education from Stanford University (1975), a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in “New Forms” and Sculpture from UCLA (1984), and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from ASU (2009). Along with his wife, Laurie Lundquist, he was founding Co-Director of the Deep Creek School, an experimental residency program in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. He has served as president of the Board of Trustees of the Telluride Institute, a “high altitude think-tank” in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, since 2008.


Christine Lee is the Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Assistant Professor in Wood/Sustainability, School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. She is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and educator, works at these intersections with a creative practice intent on revealing the latent potential of disregarded material. She experiments with multiple configurations and patterns to transform these overlooked materials. Lee has exhibited in group exhibitions at various venues such as the SF Museum of Craft and Design, the NYC Museum of Arts and Design, the Aspen Art Museum, and the ASU Art Museum. She has been a resident artist at places such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wood Program, Purchase College, Recology (SF Recycling & Disposal, Inc.), the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the ASU Art Museum. She is the new Assistant Professor of Wood/Sustainability at Arizona State University and she is also a resident artist at the Phoenix 27th Ave Transfer Station.


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