CU Boulder opens exhibit exploring relationship between science, art — The Know
A new exhibit at the University of Colorado illustrates how art and science can be intertwined.
The exhibit opened Friday and was organized by faculty, staff and students through CU’s Nature, Environment, Science and Technology Studio for the Arts. The exhibit and the broader studio program are funded by a Grand Challenge grant, which originated during the Obama administration.
“We proposed to the university that it would be a great idea to have more overt collaboration between artists and scientists and that there should be a physical hub for that kind of collaboration to happen and also an umbrella organization that could help facilitate those kinds of collaborations that were already in progress,” said Erin Espelie, the co-director of the studio and an assistant professor.
The exhibit fills a wing of the newly opened Center for Academic Success and Engagement, and the pieces take many forms — glass plates, sculptures, drawings, virtual reality. Many were funded by the grant and created by graduate student pairs of scientists and artists.
“Everyone likes the idea of inter-disciplinary, but it can be very hard to fund and very hard to implement,” said Tara Knight, the co-director of the studio and an associate professor. “This is an opportunity to have these encounters here on campus.”
Art and science have similar processes in that they involve trying and failing at new ideas and trying again, she said.
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