About the Princeton University Art of Science Exhibition

The Princeton University Art of Science exhibition explores the interplay between science and art. Works are selected for their aesthetic excellence, for their scientific or technical interest, and for their capacity to inspire creativity across disciplines, cultures, languages, and age groups. Art of Science spurs conversation among artists about the nature of art, opens scientists to new ways of “seeing” their own research, and offers a lens through which the general public can engage with both art and science—two fields that for different reasons can feel inaccessible to the non-expert.

Powerful modeling and imaging tools now capture our world in ways never before contemplated and produce—either intentionally or unwittingly—aesthetically compelling visual artifacts. When considered through the lens of art, these works can push our understanding of the human experience, enhance and even challenge our understanding of the natural world, and enrich our culture by expanding the definition of what we call art and whom we think of as “artists.”

Ultimately, the aim of Art of Science is to celebrate the symbiosis of two fields that are essential expressions of human creativity and experience.

Acknowledgements

2023 Art of Science Organizers

  • Barron Bixler, Art and Media Specialist, High Meadows Environmental Institute; Creative Director, Blue Lab
  • Brendan Byrne, StudioLab Manager, Council on Science and Technology
  • Chenyue Cai, Graduate Student, Computer Science
  • Adam Finkelstein, Phillip Y. Goldman ’86 Professor in Computer Science
  • Steven Shultz, Director, Engineering Communications
  • Tim Szetela, Lecturer in Visual Arts, Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Andrew Zwicker, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Public Engagement, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL); New Jersey State Senator

Sponsors & Collaboration Team

We are currently soliciting sponsorship for the 2023 Exhibition and will update this section when complete. Previous offerings of the Art of Science have been sponsored by the David A. Gardner ’69 Fund in the Council of the Humanities, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Office of the Dean for Research, Princeton Institute for Computational Science & Engineering, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the Council on Science and Technology, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, and the departments of Astrophysical Sciences, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and the Program in History of Science.

The first Art of Science competition in 2005 began as a collaboration between the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Visual Arts Program. It was initially conceived and curated by photographer Andrew Moore ’79, alumni Alex Halderman ’03*09 and Katalin Lovasz *07, and Professor of Computer Science Adam Finkelstein. Over the years it has been offered eight more times with collaborators including Jasmin Imran Alsous *18 Chemical and Biological Engineering; Perry Cook, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Music; Jonathan Harris ’21; Teresa Riordan, Engineering Communications; and Andrew Zwicker, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

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