Welcome to Science Rendezvous' Virtual SciArt Gallery!
Science Rendezvous is a free annual festival for all ages that shares the joys of STEM in a day full of activities, competitions, demos and more. We bring science from the lab out onto the street! We strive to inspire the the thousands of people who attend every year, and despite the global pandemic, this year is no different. We’re going virtual!
A newer tradition, the SciArt Gallery is a place where worlds collide, showcasing the beauty and creativity within all sciences, in any medium. Although we are unable to host a physical gallery this year, we would still love to be able to display all of the amazing work from sciartists in the community. If you are interested in having your work on display, please fill in the form below! We are happy to also link your shop for visitors.
If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
View our featured artists from 2018.
Nature, to both the artist and the scientist, is art in its purest state – behind its exquisite patterns lie a truth and meaning to the natural laws of our earth and the universe, and still deeper, a glimpse into our connectivity to all things. Artist Harrison Taylor and Planetary Scientist Noah Hammond are collaborating on a science-based art series that showcases the icy world of Pluto. In 2015, NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft captured stunning up-close photos of Pluto’s surface as it flew by. Many bizarre and beautiful landforms can be observed. Although 40 billion miles from Earth, glimpses of the geologic patterns can be seen that speak to the eons of change over countless planetary canvases. Images of Pluto will be presented and chosen to highlight the unique frozen majesty of its surface and to open people’s minds to the infinite natural beauty hiding in the reaches of deep space. Scientist Hammond brings forward an analytical take of such images, while artist Taylor views the images through a more subjective lens. The magic therein lies where these two perspectives meet – how they inform one another and how they influence each other, for nature itself informs and influences both art and science alike.
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Diana Hamer is a visual artist, celebrationist and MD Emeritus. In 2015, Diana showed a series of 36 dog portraits at The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Philips Square. The series explored mammalian facial expression and its role as a powerful communicator of emotion. She brings a new series of portraits to Science Rendezvous; portraits of the universe. Combining abstract images and the beautiful notation of mathematics, the series named “Entropy and Order” explores concepts in classical and quantum physics, including spacetime, dark matter, gravity and quantum states. Science and technology have enabled humans to observe and understand the natural world beyond the scope of our everyday senses. They give us even more opportunity to be filled with wonder and awe about the natural world.
Nicole Partyka is a queer artist and science lover based in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a degree in Human Biology: Health and Disease, and a diploma in Media Communications. Nicole has a love of digital illustration, painting, and writing, all of which she hopes to combine to create a career in science communications. Her particular interests in science are virology, astronomy, theoretical physics, entomology, evolutionary biology, science education and of course, the heart. Nicole is also a huge science fiction fan, particularly Star Trek, where all her film, art, and nerdy science interests collide!
Stephen Morris is interested in self-organized, emergent patterns and textures. Stephen Morris is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto and takes photos of patterns both from the natural world and of experiments in his laboratory. Patterns naturally attract casual attention but are also the subject of serious scientific research. Some things just evolve all by themselves into strikingly regular shapes and textures. Why? These shapes emerge spontaneously from a dynamic process of growing, folding, cracking, wrinkling, branching, flowing and other kinds of morphological development. Stephen Morris’ photos are informed by the scientific aesthetic of nonlinear physics, and mathematics lurks behind every image for those who know where to look for it. But no special knowledge is required to appreciate the results. Each image shows an object, sometimes quite small and often familiar, with a self-composed regular structure. Some images are from laboratory physics experiments and some are from Nature, and all celebrate the subtle interplay of order and complexity in emergent patterns. Stephen Morris’ photos are a kind of “Scientific Folk Art” of the science of Emergence.
Vicky Jackson has a strong interest in science and has continuously explored science on the canvas using a variety of media. Gordana Scepanovic is a PhD candidate with the Department of Cell and Systems Biology at the University of Toronto and is fascinated by the art behind the images taken using confocal microscopy. Much of their work has been inspired by fellow scientists in the field and together they have been able to unite scientific knowledge with artistic technique. Their work is best viewed as a collaboration of paintings referred to as “Under the Microscope“ and were primarily inspired by real confocal microscopy images including the natural patterning of epithelial cells and plant cells, neuronal interactions, and butterfly scales. These two SciArtists continue to explore the marriage of these seemingly different fields and share their work with the community.
Ke Fan Bei is an undergraduate immunology specialist student at the University of Toronto and she loves to paint between her studies. Enrolled in a visual arts program at her high school, she was able to develop her skills. As both a science student and young artist, Ke utilizes acrylic and oil to explore the bridge between the two worlds. A microscopic cell can be easily reflected in the form of stars and planets and, lungs can be seen as a tree. Ke also loves to explore other traditional and non-traditional mediums such as watercolor and yarn. In preparation for the upcoming SciArt Gallery, Ke is painting more interdisciplinary artworks exploring the connection between science and art.