Over the summer, Muskingum University science professors came together to discuss the immense potential that engagement with the arts has for enriching students’ lives. Not only does researching the science of art – or the art of science – promote an alternative way to view a topic, it is a perfect example of a liberal arts education designed to instill broad thinking to solve problems.
Following a deep dive around the topic, assistant Dr. Seth Barrett, assistant Chemistry professor, spearheaded Scientific Art: A Juried Exhibition. The event, which was judged on Oct. 17 and displayed during Homecoming @ Reunion weekend, was designed to encourage enrolled students to submit forms of art that speak to the linkages between science and art. Submissions could include (but weren’t limited to) painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, video, music, and poetry.
30 artists were featured during the show and winners included:
- Best in Show: “Beauty of the Body” by Lexi Pyers
- 1st Place: “Catastrophe” by Christian Lavanchy, Emily Fahringer, Jarod Byard, and Samuel Cain
- 2nd Place: “Cygnus & Taurus” by Talia Klink
- 3rd Place: “The Beautiful Crystalline Structure of Table Salt” by Kiel Fizet
- Honorable Mention: “T = 2π ” by Bryce Miskovich
*Note, due to popular demand the show has been extended through Nov. 1