Meet these brilliant people behind the beautiful works you see on the site.
Co-director, Special Projects, super/collider
My practice is inspired by a personal inquiry into the relationship between the self, and the profound Otherness of the Universe. Could it be that existence is a cyclical event that has happened an innumerable amount of times before, and that the spiral of its repetition will keep on going for an never-ending amount of time in the future?
MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Middlesex University
Executive Director, SciArt Center; Founder and Editor-in-chief, SciArt in America
The work of Julia Buntaine is inspired by and based on Neuroscience, the scientific study of the brain. Born in Massachusetts, Buntaine attained her BA and Certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience from Hampshire College, her post-baccalaureate certificate in studio art from Maryland Institute College of Art, 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 is also Executive Director at SciArt Center, and founder and editor-in-chief of the online science-based art magazine, SciArt in America. Buntaine currently lives and works in New York City.
Physicist and Educator, Utah State University
Founder and Writer, the Crossroad Project
A physicist and educator, Rob has served as an officer and meteorologist in the U.S. Air Force, worked for NASA on the International Space Station project, and taught on the faculty of three universities. His scientific research has included interactions of spacecraft with the space environment, the fundamental nature of light and information, and Earth’s changing climate. For the past six years, Rob’s work has focused on communicating the science of climate change, energy and sustainability.
As a principal author of this performance, along with the Fry Street Quartet, Rob is seeking to effect a deep-seated and visceral communication of the challenges we face …
“Our purpose, I think, is not the wrangling of those who stubbornly refuse to acknowledge our challenges, but rather to speed the journey of those who do understand — intellectually — but are not yet behaving as though they believe what they know … “
I enjoy Asian art. I particularly love minimalist scroll and screen painting from the Edo period in Japan. I am also a fan of neuroscience. Therefore, it was a fine day when two of my passions came together upon the realization that the elegant forms of neurons (the cells that comprise your brain) can be painted expressively in the Asian sumi-e style. Neurons may be tiny in scale, but they possess the same beauty seen in traditional forms of the medium (trees, flowers, and animals).
I admire the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean masters because of their confidence in simplicity. I try to emulate this idea.
In October 2011 I finished my doctorate in Neuroscience at University of Pennsylvania. Since then I have been devoting my time to painting. When I’m not doing this I’m enjoying reading scientific papers, playing music and watching “How Its Made”.
Here is me dressed like a captain.
Photographer. Artist. Environmentalist. Provocateur.
What is photographic style?
Does it consist of repetition of certain elements, such as lighting or backdrop; or perhaps a filter in front of the lens to repeat a "look"?
Grainy black and white film anyone?
Having photographed everything from jewelry that was so expensive as to require an armed guard on the set, to some of the nastiest toxic sites known to man, from the world's greatest opera singers to the grimiest mine workers, my conclusion is that style is the approach to the job and the subject.
I view my work as a catalyst. My pictures should make something happen, whether it's saving 100 acres of precious wildlands in the middle of suburbia, or illustrating for Steinway the one-of-a-kind assembly of their instruments, the photographs affect the world in a larger way.
Otherwise, it's just a picture.
Research scientist. Educator. Science photographer.
Science photographer Felice Frankel is a research scientist in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with additional support from Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Senior Research Fellow in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Systems Biology.
She most recently developed and instructed the first online MOOC addressing science and engineering photography. Click the following link to access 31 tutorials and supplemental material: “Making Science and Engineering Pictures, A Practical Guide to Presenting Your Work.” (course 0.111x)
Felice has received awards and grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award at Brooklyn College, CUNY, the Lennart Nilsson Award for Scientific Photography, the Progress Award from the Photographic Society of America and was the Chancellor’s Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Arts and Sciences at UC Irvine.
Working in collaboration with scientists and engineers, Felice’s images have been published in over 200 journal articles and/or covers and various other international publications for general audiences such as National Geographic, Nature, Science, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, Materials Today, PNAS, Newsweek, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, and New Scientist, among others.
Felice was founder of the Image and Meaning workshops and conferences whose purpose was to develop new approaches to promote the public understanding of science through visual expression. She was principal investigator of the National Science Foundation-funded program, “Picturing to Learn”, an effort to study how making representations by students, aids in teaching and learning, (Picturing to Learn).
She and her work have been profiled in the New York Times, Wired, LIFE Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Science Friday, the Christian Science Monitor and various European publications.She exhibits throughout the United States and in Europe. Her limited edition photographs are included in a number of corporate and private collections and were part of MOMA’s exhibition, “Design and the Elastic Mind”.
Laurie Frick is a data artist exploring patterns of self-tracking…sensors, surveillance, what will it all mean? Using her background in high-technology she offers an alternative view of privacy and a glimpse into the future of human data portraits with handmade installations from her personal data. She realized those same rules could turn data into art on your phone. “Everyone is tracking you. It’s your life, it’s your data, why not turn it into art?” FRICKbits was crowdfunded with a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014 and is now available in the Apple store.
She holds an MFA from the New York Studio School, an MBA from the University of Southern California and studies at New York University’s ITP program. Frick recently was awarded residencies by Samsung Research, Neuroscience Research Center University of Texas, Headlands and Bemis Center. Frick’s talks and publications include Nature Publishing, Los Angeles Times, New Scientist, NPR, Creative Mornings and a TED talk at TEDxAustin. She has widely exhibited, with solo shows in New York, California and Texas. She is represented by Edward Cella in Los Angeles, and has an exhibition in May 2015 with Pavel Zoubok in New York.
Yale-educated scientist turned artist;
Founder, Made with Molecules
My designs are inspired by an awe of nature. Made With Molecules products combine art and science in celebration of life in our amazing universe. Included with each item is an informational card describing the science that inspired the piece.
In recognition of the importance of respecting the Earth, I practice Earth-friendly and people-friendly policies, including using recycled materials and local sources.
I donate at least 1% of my proceeds to environmental and science education non-profits.
Milumbe Haimbe was born and is based in Lusaka, Zambia. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture attained from the Copperbelt University, and also holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts obtained from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway.
Drawing on a background of painting, Milumbe’s current art practices are based in digital illustration, including sequential art as an intermedial process that combines and integrates illustrations and written texts into narratives. She asserts that this process has led to a natural progression into explorations of genres such as comics, animation and graphic novels. Her interests are related to intercultural issues, focusing on the forms of representation of cultural minorities within the context of popular media.
Milumbe has exhibited her work in numerous shows both locally and internationally, including FOCUS 10 – Art Basal in Switzerland, and is an alumnus of the Art Omi International Artist’s Residency in New York. She exhibited in the Biennale for Contemporary African Art in Dakar, 2014. The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre recently named her as a Creative Arts Fellow for 2015. She is also a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow for 2015 – 2016.
Rebecca Kamen, sculptor and lecturer on the intersections of art and science, seeks ‘the truth’ through observation. Her artwork is informed by wide-ranging research into cosmology, history, philosophy, and by connecting common threads that flow across various scientific fields to capture and re-imagine what the scientists see.
Currently professor emeritus of art at Northern Virginia Community College, she has investigated scientific rare books and manuscripts at the libraries of the American Philosophical Society, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the Cajal Institute in Madrid, utilizing these significant scientific collections as a catalyst in the creation of her work.
Kamen has researched on collaborative projects at the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, the Kavli Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, and at the National Institutes of Health. Selected as a Salzburg Global Seminar fellow in 2015, she was invited to Austria to present her work as part of a seminar titled: The Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation.
Ms. Kamen has exhibited and lectured both nationally and internationally including China, Hong Kong, Korea, Austria, Chile, Egypt, Spain, and Australia. She has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, two Strauss Fellowships, and a Travel Grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation. As artist in residence in the neuroscience program at National Institutes of Health, Kamen has interpreted and transformed neuroscience research into sculptural form. Her artwork is represented in many private and public collections.
Oceanographer. Software engineer. Nature photographer
With an advanced degree in geophysics and a career that has included time with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and work on research projects in 3 different oceans, as well as a number of years working with a startup developing a new class of autonomous vehicles used in the ocean, Kirklin has developed an intense interest in the ecology of the ocean and its varied marine life. He has also been photographing nature and wildlife most of his life and an avid SCUBA diver for the last 20 years. Sooner or later these three interests were bound to intersect in underwater photography, resulting in stunning images of ocean life in the waters off California, Florida, Carribean, Solomons, Micronesia and Galapagos Islands, etc.
Digital media artist. Researcher.
Alan Kwan is a digital media artist and researcher currently based at MIT. He works at the intersection of virtual reality, cinema, and new media.
His recent projects, which combine film, video game and emerging technologies such as life-logging and brainwave sensors, have been shown at exhibitions around the world, including the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Germany, and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Shanghai, and were also featured in major media including Discovery Channel, WIRED, Popular Science, and Boston Globe. In 2014, he received the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Award for Young Artist (Media Art), and the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to pursue his graduate studies at MIT.
Kwan started making short films at the age of nine and is also an independent film director whose works have been showcased and awarded at film festivals such as the International Video Art Festival Camaguey, the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (ifva). In late 2011, he was invited to attend the Asian Producer’s Lab at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea.
Laboratory technologist. Photographer
After finishing high school in 2003, it seemed natural for Maurice to abide by his nurturing ways and pursue a career in which he could help people through laboratory research. Safe to say he ended up in Utrecht studying to become a licensed Medical Laboratory Analyst. Four years later he graduated and started an internship at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) which turned into a full time job researching the detection of Toxocara canis in Tissue by using a Polymerase Chain Reaction.
Having attained his goal and realising it to be too routine for Maurice decided it was time to embark on a new challenge that would tap into both his creative and technical side. He exchanged his lab coat for a Mac and Canon 5D to study “Interactive media and design (I/M/D)” at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. Next to successfully pursuing his studies, Maurice works as a freelance photographer. His portfolio ranges from shooting stills for Grolsch to following kite surfers in the Western Sahara; from capturing audiences at festivals to bunnies for Playboy. For a full list of clients Click Here.
Artist. Engineer. Entrepreneur. Philanthropist
This is my second life. Please, let me explain.
January 2002 began badly for me with the deadliest stage of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Chemotherapy treatments made me cancer-free for three years, but in May 2005, the week of my son’s wedding, a cancer diagnosis arrived again—this time in the face of an intensely threatening change to my cellular structure. I renewed my will to live, and underwent a profoundly difficult stem-cell transplant in January 2006. The severe side effects pushed me even further to the edge of life.
Fighting for your existence can drive you deep down to the bottom of your soul, where the truth of “to be or not to be” will find you. There you will also find art—all kinds of art! And you can also find the truth that art will invigorate your soul and help your physical and mental fight. I know. I was there!
Another challenge awaited me in 2011—open-heart surgery. The doctors successfully replaced my aortic valve and performed three bypasses. Again I relied on art to gain strength and hope to fight the many challenges. My family supported me through all these experiences, and together we witnessed the power of art to make the difference between death and life.
My wife and I have been in the United States since 1961. We are grateful for what this country has done for us. When the time came to return a portion of our blessings, with the insight gained through my physical challenges, we wanted to give back through the arts. That’s why we founded OZ Arts Nashville, a non-profit contemporary performing and visual arts venue.
Changes happen for a reason. Through sickness and pain I received a new understanding, a new beginning, a second life. So now I come to you as a newborn artist. I believe in my art completely, and I hope you will do the same. Yes, here I am, Cano, the artist.
Documentary filmmaker. Author. Jewelry designer. Avid conservationist
Susan Rockefeller’s lifelong admiration and respect for the seas led her to get involved in ocean protection. “When I was a child, I would hunker down on the beach squinting, trying to spot a dolphin fin, a whale spout, even the iridescent tail of a mermaid. I love the ocean because it is full of mystery, soothes my soul and makes me aware of its immense power.”
Rockefeller is a board member of Oceana and chairs the Ocean Council for Oceana, is a board member of the We Are Family Foundation, is a member of the global Leadership Council for Natural Resources Defense Council and serves on the program committee for the Stone Barns Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
Mike Tyka studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Bristol. He obtained his PhD in Biophysics in 2007 and went on to work as a research fellow at the University of Washington and has been studying the structure and dynamics of protein molecules. In particular, he has been interested in protein folding and has been writing computer simulation software to better understand this fascinating process. Protein folding is the way our genetic code is interpreted from an abstract sequence of data into the functional enzymes and nano machines that drive our bodies. Mike currently works at Google in Seattle.
Mike became involved in creating sculpture and art in 2009 when he helped design and constructGroovik's Cube, a 35ft tall, functional, multi-player Rubik's cube. Since then he's co-founded ALTSpace, a shared art studio in Seattle, and started creating sculptures of protein folds. He hopes to capture some of the hidden beauty of these amazing molecules, make it accessible to the general public, and maybe act as inspiration for those who want to learn more about these fascinating molecules that make life possible.
Quantum physicist. Sculptor
Julian Voss-Andreae is a German sculptor based in Portland, Oregon. Starting out as a painter he later changed course and studied physics, mathematics, and philosophy at the Universities of Berlin, Edinburgh and Vienna. Voss-Andreae pursued his graduate research in quantum physics, participating in an experiment considered one of the modern milestones of unifying our everyday intuition with the famously bizarre world of quantum physics. He moved to the United States to study Sculpture at the Pacific Northwest College of Art from where he graduated in 2004.
Voss-Andreae’s work, often inspired by his background in science, has captured the attention of multiple institutions and collectors in the United States and abroad. Recent institutional commissions include large-scale outdoor monuments for the University of Minnesota and Rutgers University (New Jersey). Voss-Andreae's work has been featured in print and broadcast media worldwide.