The second University of Colorado Art in Science | Science in Art show!
On-line submission is delayed a few months—Click here for information
The first Art in Science | Science in Art opened in January 2007. It was a juried exhibition of images made by University of Colorado-affiliated scientists and artists. Scientists were asked to submit images that they made as part of their everyday work. Artists whose images illustrate or offer insights into scientific principles were also asked to take part. The questions we were asking: How wide is the gulf between Science and Art? Can there be any communication across it? If a scientist makes an image that looks like art, is that a happy accident or are some scientists intentionally making their work more "artistic" than strictly necessary, and if so, why? And why would an artist want to include Plank's Constant in a painting? To answer some of these questions you need some data; hence our Call for Entries, which went out to the broad University of Colorado community, with its thousands of staff and faculty and tens of thousands of students, in mid-2006.
The works were submitted online as electronic files and sent, with the entrants' names removed for impartiality, to a panel of judges. Of the hundreds submitted, 66 were chosen by the jury to be placed in this On-line Gallery. Thirty of these 66 were selected to be printed in large format, framed, and hung in a show which is now traveling around the country (see Where's the show now?)
The exhibit showcases the extraordinary talents and range of scientists and artists in Colorado, where 4 of the 20 highest concentrations of science and technology workers in the country are located. No state gets so much productivity from such a modest investment in higher education. Although we considered setting up a special category for students, no such protected status turned out to be necessary; in fact some of the most arresting art and scientific images were created by students.