Director Nancy Lowe studied video and other time arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked in independent media and media democracy. For the last fifteen years, she has catalyzed, curated, and secured funding for art and science collaborations… for museums, libraries, universities, meetings of academic professional organizations, and other venues. Her works of art about evolutionary biology have been exhibited in many galleries in the US and Europe. She has taught scientific illustration at biological field stations, universities, museums and K-12 schools in the US and Costa Rica, and worked as a research technician in several research labs focusing on pollination biology, microbial symbionts of insects, and large-scale ecology. Follow her on Twitter @nancyartscience.
Assistant Director Sherry Sherman is Dean of Arts and Sciences at at Mayland Community College, where she teaches biology and provides innovative hands-on field experiences for students, including citizen science projects.
Brandon Ballengée is an artist, biologist and environmental educator who creates transdisciplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. Since 1996, a central investigation focus has been the occurrence of developmental deformities and population declines among amphibians and other ectothermic vertebrates. From 2009 through 2015 he continued his amphibian research as a Visiting Scientist at McGill University (Montréal, Canada) and in 2011 he was awarded a conservation leadership fellowship from the National Audubon Society’s TogetherGreen Program (USA). Ballengée’s art has been exhibited internationally and in the summer of 2013 the first career survey of his work debuted at the Château de Charamarande in Essonne (France), and travelled to the Museum Het Domein in Sittard (Netherlands) in 2014. A mid-career retrospective of his work will open this fall at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Plymouth (England) in collaboration with the Hochschule für Gestaltung Zürich (Switzerland). Currently he is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Biological Sciences Department at Louisiana State University studying the impact on fishes from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Julia Buntaine is a neuroscience-based visual artist, director of SciArt Center of New York, and editor in chief of SciArt in America. Buntaine attained her BA in neuroscience and sculpture from Hampshire College and her MFA of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. Buntaine has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows in Amherst, New York City, Baltimore, Seattle, Madison, and Toronto. Buntaine also curates and frequently writes, with pieces appearing inSciArt in America, Bio Art: Altered Realities, and others. Buntaine currently lives and works in New York City.
Christina Catanese is Director of Environmental Art at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Christina oversees all aspects of the environmental arts program in gallery spaces and on the Schuylkill Center’s 340 acres of forests and fields, as a complement to other educational programs to inspire meaningful connections with nature. She has advanced a range of innovative art projects, including LandLab, a new artist residency program where artists explore remediation of environmental issues on the Center’s property in collaboration with scientists, staff, and other experts. Christina brings a strong grounding in both art and science with experience in environmental studies, hydrogeology, experiential education, arts management, and modern dance. She has a Masters in Applied Geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania, complementing her BA at Penn in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Prior to the Schuylkill Center, she was a physical scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an instructor at the Brown University Environmental Leadership Lab summer program. Christina is the creator and choreographer of many modern dance works, and has performed extensively in the Philadelphia region. She is also a founding member of Nova Dance Company (Wilmington, DE).
Julie Delliquanti is the Manager of Interpretive Programs at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and serves on the National Advisory Council for the Serenbe Artist in Residency Program for which she advises on The Chrysalis Fellowship which is awarded to an artist making work that integrates science and the natural world. With a diverse background in arts education, public programs and administrative leadership, she was recently the Executive Director at Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, Ga) and has held positions at the Orange County Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, Emory University, and High Museum of Art. Julie is known for pioneering inventive approaches to accessibility, audience engagement, exhibition design, and interpretive programming. She holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in art education from California State University at Long Beach.
Faerthen Felix is the Chair of the Art@FSMLs Committee of the Organization of Biological Field Stations, and the Assistant Manager of the University of California at Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station, a pioneer in connecting art to field science in service of basic discovery.
Carl Flink is artistic director of the dance company Black Label Movement (BLM). Carl Flink and BLM’s awards include being named to the 2015 Twin Cities StarTribune Best of MN and the 2012 Twin Cities City Pages Best Choreographer and Artist of the Year lists, a 2014 MN Dance Community Sage Award, 2008 and 2012 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreography, and 2010 and 2012 MN Ivey Awards. Featured in Dance Magazine’s January 2014 issue, Flink’s dancemaking is recognized for its intense athleticism, daring, and humanistic themes. He was commissioned for the 2014 American Dance Festival and was the movement director for the Guthrie Theater’s 2015 production of “The Crucible.” Flink’s ongoing collaboration with biomedical engineer David Odde called The Moving Cell Project (MCP) recently conducted a residency at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India in May 2015, as well as, 2012 and 2013 residencies at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. These residencies focused on MCP’s ongoing development of its “bodystorming” research technique. MCP has also generated 4 TED Talks including “A Modest Proposal: Dance v. Powerpoint” created with Science Magazine correspondent John Bohannon featured on TED.com. He is the University of Minnesota’s (UMN) Nadine Jette Sween Professor of Dance. During the 1990s, Carl was a member of the Limón Dance Company and Creach/Koester Men Dancing, among others, in New York City. He holds a JD from Stanford Law School, a UMN Political Science and Women Studies B.A. and was an attorney for Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc., St. Paul, MN from 2001-2004.
Brian Kloeppel is Dean of the Graduate School and Research at Western Carolina University. He is a forest ecologist and Pro
fessor in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources and his scholarly interests include watershed ecology, carbon and water cycling, forest growth and dynamics, and the policies regulating the conservation and management of these resources. He enjoy working with students at the undergraduate and graduate level and empowering them with the tools and techniques, both academic and professional, to grow and develop their careers in science, health care, business, education, and the humanities. He advocates for artists and scientists to collaborate on projects to better communicate scientific observations and findings to the public. This interest began while he was the Site Director for the Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research Program for 14 years in Otto, North Carolina and continues as a Scientific Advisor for Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, North Carolina. Kloeppel holds a B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. from Pennsylvania State University.
Ellen Kochansky’s artistic practice is rooted in her experience as a textile artist, designer and quilter, whose work includes experimental fiber and mixed-media art, and community-based and site-specific installations. For her company, EKO, she designed and manufactured custom quilts from 1989 to 2004. In a career spanning over 30 years, Ellen Kochansky has actively promoted the arts, the preservation and extension of craft traditions, and environmentally responsible practices, and continues to foster emerging artists through teaching and mentorship. She founded The Rensing Center to further these goals. She has been an American Craft Council Trustee (1989-1993), a National Endowment for the Arts American Canvas Panelist, a founding Director of Ripple Effect Sustainable Design Group, and a SC Arts Commission Craft Fellow. Ellen has taught at Penland, Arrowmont, and the Innovation Institute (McColl Center, Charlotte, NC), and served as a juror for national art shows. Her work is included in The Mint Museum, The American Museum of Art and Design in NY, and the White House Collection, and she has been cited in various book, articles, and television programs.
Arnaud Martin is Assistant Professor at the George Washington University (Washington, DC). He is an evolutionary biologist and geneticist interested in the mechanisms that underlie biodiversity and novelty in the living world, and specializes on the study of pattern generation in butterflies. As a young scientist, Arnaud hopes to foster collaborations at the interface of art and science, exploring novel ways to experience biophilia and transmit knowledge. He holds a M.S. from École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and a Ph.D. from University of California – Irvine.
Eric Nagy is Associate Director of Mountain Lake Biological Station (University of Virginia). He is a plant evolutionary biologist by training, and has been directing research and education programs at Mountain Lake for 21 years. He helped create and manages ArtLab – an artists-in-residence program that hosts artists, art students, and art and writing courses at the field station every summer. During ArtLab artists and scientists live and work together, sharing insight, perspective, and a quest to explain the natural world. Nagy holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from University of California, Davis. He is active nationally within the field station community (OBFS) and other “science-to-public” initiatives.
Stephen Nowlin is a vice president at ArtCenter College in Pasadena, California. As a maker/artist and founding director of ArtCenter’s Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, he has initiated multiple curatorial projects at the intersection of art and science. Nowlin received his MFA degree in Fine Art at ArtCenter in 1978, and a BFA in Design at California Institute of the Arts, 1971. Selected curatorial projects for which he has produced objects, catalogues, brochures, and written essays include REALSPACE, 2014, a contemplation of art forged in the space that science studies; PAGES, 2013, examining the page as a space for communicating as well as inventing new ideas in science, literature, and art; WORLDS, 2012, a perspective on Earth and the Solar System; ENERGY, 2010, a composite exhibition of objects and artifacts addressing the poetry of natural forces; TOOLS, 2009, focusing on artifacts from the artificial extension of human biology; OBSERVE, 2008, a collaboration with the NASA/JPL Spitzer Science Center; In the Dermisphere, 2007, surveying the art and natural history of skin; EAR(th), 2004, a sound installation with artist Steve Roden, maker/artist AnnMarie Thomas and Caltech geophysicist Mark Simons; and NEURO, 2003, an art and science collaboration with the Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering, Caltech. Nowlin is a columnist writing about art-science for KCET ArtBound, and is currently curating a new exhibition, UNCERTAINTY, that will debut in Fall, 2016. For links to further Williamson Gallery art-science activities, see williamsongallery.net/google .
Neal Overstrom is Director of the Nature Lab at RISD. Focused on promoting environmental literacy through informal learning experiences, Neal previously worked in exhibit development and management at the Mystic Aquarium and was a design associate with Kent+Frost Landscape Architecture, also in Mystic, CT. He has long investigated biological influences on design, particularly the ways in which pattern, form and living elements in the built environment can promote human health and well-being. Neal holds a BS in Biology from the University of Connecticut, an MA in Zoology from Connecticut College and an MLA from the University of Massachusetts.
Cynthia Pannucci is an artist who has embraced printmaking, crafts, mixed-media, photography, and interactive sculpture, and has had short stints working at print galleries in New York City and San Francisco, as the founding director of an arts & crafts workshop in Vermont, as a visiting artist at academic institutions, as an instructor in painting on fabric at The Fashion Institute, NYC. Her art was exhibited at The American Craft Museum and Cooper-Hewitt museums in New York City, and she received commissions from The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT; The Staten Island Children’s Museum, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, NYC, and Citicorp. In 1981, Cynthia received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
In 1988, Cynthia became the Founder-Director of Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) in New York City, and is responsible for creating most of the pioneering art-sci programming (symposia, public panels, exhibitions, and projects) that were instrumental in revitalizing the “art & technology” movement in the United States during the 1990’s. Since ASCI’s (last of four) international ArtSci Symposia was held in NYC (2002), she has steered the focus of the organization to “art & science”, its namesake. ASCI began producing exhibitions in NYC in 1992, and by 2006, its international competition exhibitions held at the New York Hall of Science became co-jurored by one art and one science international expert (a new idea at the time). ASCI is a “virtual” nonprofit organization that partners with brick and mortar institutions like The American Museum of Natural History, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Liberty Science Center, New Jersey, New York Hall of Science, and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
John Pickering is founder and director of DiscoverLife.org, a website for documenting natural history, which has served over 3 billion pages and images to over 30 million IP addresses. Working in entomology and ecology for over 40 years, Pickering now studies moth communities to understand large-scale environmental forces and teach science and mathematics. He is a poet who regularly reads publicly at The Globe in Athens, GA.
Olga Ronay is a founder and Managing Partner of High Cove, L.C. High Cove is the site where AS IF Center is located, and includes a forest preserve, hiking trails, organic farm site, community gathering places, and small, green homes. Olga is responsible for High Cove’s planning, implementation, outreach and communications, and budget management. In her career as a city planner she has helped helped to plan mixed-use urban areas and neighborhoods, and has helped neighborhoods and communities develop and implement long-range plans. She has been an adjunct professor at New College of Florida, and a writer and editor of various arts and news publications.