One of the objectives of ICubed is to inform the UCF Community about scientific concepts. The project is meeting this objective by funding the STEAM Gallery Initiative which is an activity that encourages STEM researchers to expand their thinking and find ways to communicate their science to non-STEM audiences. In Fall 2011, the ICubed team relied on previous experiences to create artwork for the gallery.
Through STEAM, UCF STEM faculty researchers who received grant supplements for their students, interacted with faculty and students in the School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD). Participating Art and Design students attended a 3-week long seminar, as part of their course of study, and created science-inspired art based on the STEM researcher's explanations of science concepts and possibilities. In this ICubed Initiative, Visual Arts students were able to find new creative ways to communicate the science through their art. In Fall 2011, the STEAM Initiative, in addition to incorporating the STEAM activities into existing sculpture and painting courses, successfully collaborated with the instructor and students in the Illustration class. A number of artwork created during these 3 seminars was preserved for the STEAM Gallery travelling exhibition, displaying science inspired art.
ICubed invited two STEM researchers in Wanda Ortiz's Intermediate Illustration class. Dr. Josh Colwell and his ICubed Fellow Brad Stemm (Department of Physics) focused their talk on the understanding of planet formation and planetary rings. They talked about the creation of planets and the different hypotheses that exist regarding their creation. In particular they emphasized one of these hypotheses, collisional accretion, and the experiments performed in their lab to investigate the validity of this hypothesis. The presentation lasted approximately 30 minutes and was followed by a 15 minutes interactive discussion. Jordan Anderson, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Chemisty and ICubed Fellow Scott Matthews presented their study on the impact of solubility on Nanoscience. They also discussed carbon nanotubes and how to make them soluble, and applications of carbon nanotubes in supercharged capacitors, fuel cells, and biogels. They had an engaging presentation followed by an hour long discussion.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.0963146. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Ever since I was very young I was fascinated by color, shape, and form. I was so curious that I spent most of my time drawing and trying to design everything. Ever since, art has been growing in me. I am always inspired by the things that are happening around me, from people to stories to nature. ďAn artist is not paid for his labor but for his visionĒ, and thatís what I want to achieve in my art, Itís not about what I see, it is about what people see in my art. I will continue this journey because only in the mirror of my paper will I discover my identity as an artist.×
I'm a selfish artist; I create art for myself, because it is something I feel compelled to do. I've always felt that visual art is the most intimate form of expression, and as such my work comes strictly from within. I draw and paint everything from imagination. I don't like to use photographic references, models, stencils, grids, rulers, projectors or print-outs in my works. I believe strongly in the beauty of imperfection. My most powerful memories as a child are of long summers spent outdoors gazing at nature's wonders. I try to capture those memories in my artwork; the overwhelming structure of the natural order and our seemingly distant yet unavoidable connection with it. My work explores this interconnection with the human spirit, emphasizing themes of discovery, longing, and fascination. Figures dwarfed by mountains, oceans and alien skyscapes. Crumbling buildings overgrown with weeds. The languid stillness of urban decay clashing with the endless steady dance of carbon-exchange that is life. To me, that is art.×
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I am a natural painter who persistently observes and absorbs the world around me while trying to capture the unique things I find fascinating. I look at everything with a sensitive eye and become intrigued by passing moments of light and atmosphere.×
I create artwork that is driven by research and accuracy in content. I prefer for my work to take into account current social concerns on a national and international basis. Social interactions within and between societies are my primary motivators in creating my artwork.×
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