"To develop a complete mind:  Study the science of art; study the art of science.  Learn how to see. 
Realize that everything connects to everything else." Leonardo da Vinci

2017 was SPARK, a year long celebration of the relationship between the arts and science. 
One of the goals was to establish partnerships and collaborations, and one of the outcomes was the formation
of the ART-SCI group, which continues the spirit of SPARK.  This group of faculty members has collaborated
to sponsor events and offer curricula designed to foster discussions about the convergence between the arts and science. 
Since then, a group of undergraduate and graduate students formed SEMINARIUM, a club with a similar mission.

Upcoming Events






September 30 to November 13 2021

Fall 2021 Exhibition at The Arts Center, Corvallis

Hours:  Tuesday - Saturday, 12-5 pm
Reception, Thursday October 14, 5:30-7:30



This collaborative art-science exhibition communicates hope for our changing planet  and communicates climate change science through the arts. This exhibit strikes a balance between serious and data driven artwork, realistic and abstract, works with humor and even music scores on the theme of climate change. Co-sponsored by OSU ART-SCI, Dept of Biological and Ecological Engineering and the Corvallis Arts Center.   IN PERSON for those who feel comfortable being inside, masked, mostly vaccinated.  We fully understand this is not for everyone.  We will have modest refreshments.

Art for Lunch:  Artist Panel Thursday, October 21, 12-1 pm:  Virtual:

Corvallis Art Walk:  Thursday, October 21, 4-8 pm

Art/Science Panel:  Thursday, October 28, 7 pm:  Virtual:

 A seminar series was held in winter and fall of 2021 to provide background and inspiration for the show.  Below are links to these seminars:
  • John Selker, BEE; Esthetic satisfaction:  The connection between beautiful scientific measurements and the

glorious substance of trees; VIDEO

  • Chet Udell, BEE; Instrumentation, environments, and musicianship; VIDEO
  • Randall Milstein, Physics; The science of my art; VIDEO
  • David Maddison, Integrative Biology; Patterns in the beetle tree of life, and the interweaving of science and art; VIDEO
  • Jerri Bartholomew, Microbiology; Weapons of microdestruction:  Using art and music to understand parasite ecology; VIDEO

Q&A; PerformanceBallad of Ceratonova shastaData sonification

  • David Buckley Borden, Harvard Forest Associate, Visiting Professor U of O; Hybrid vigor:  Art x Design x Ecology; VIDEO
  • Ali Trueworthy, Pacific Marine Energy Center; Community-built Creative; VIDEO
  • Tom Carrico, Physics; Astrophotography - Physics or Celestial Art?  VIDEO
  • Jay Stratton Noller, Crop and Soil Science, My own causality dilemma: Which comes first science or art? VIDEO 

Past Events

In Time of Change:  Microbial Worlds--Mary Beth Leigh, University of Alaska, September to October 2020

Ken Van Rees-Director, Centre for Northern Agroforestry and Afforestation; Lecture:  Monday, November 4, 5:30 pm; Memorial Union 213, THE COLLISION OF SCIENCE AND ART:  PAINT, SOIL, AND CHARCOAL.  University of Saskatchewan, Fall 2019; Black Carbon, Artist Reception:  Tuesday, November 5, 4-7 pm.  Strand Gallery, 440 Strand Hall. 

Through the Lens: Tools for Extending Our Vision and Knowledge through History, Dr. Melissa Santala, OSU Professor of Materials Science.
October 10, 2019; 4:00 pm

Rivers, Salmon and Disease in a Time of Change/Source2:  Jerri Bartholomew, August 2019

Weapons of Micro-destruction:  Jerri Bartholomew, Andy Myers and Dana Reason, May 2019

Willamette River Sculpture:  Dedicated Spring 2019;

Artist Residents in Labs

David Buckley Borden: Designer-in-Residence, Harvard Forest - April 2019

Michael Schulteis  Venn Pirouettes - October 2018

Languages of Nature:  Little Gallery, May-June 2018

Communicating our Vision of Nature:  Scientific Illustration Through the Ages:   David Maddison, April 2018

In a Drop of Water:  Hatfield, March-April 2018

Evolution of a Superbug:  An Interdisciplinary Conversation about Antibiotic Resistance:  Michael Baym, Betts Cole and Dana Reason, November 2017

Microbiomes:  To See the Unseen:  The Corvallis Art Center, May 2017

Microbiomes:  Connecting the Communities:  Nash Hall, April 2017

Microbiomes:  Imagining the Unseen: Little Gallery, March 2017

Arts-Science Convergences at OSU:  April 2016






All HC Classes
HC 407 The Art (and Science) of Storytelling - Summer
HC 407 Art of Science / Science of Art - Fall
HC 407 Have Rocket Will Travel - Fall
HC 407 Da Vinci 101 - Fall
HC 407 Imagining the Universe - Fall and Winter
HC 407 Data Driven Enchanted Objects - Winter
HC 407 Found Objects:  Material Culture, Meaning, and Memory - Winter
HC 407 Life - The Biosphere Through Space and Time - Winter
HC 407 Biomimicry:  Wisdom and Inspiration from Nature to Solve Human Challenges - Spring
HC 407 Plastics for Poets - Spring
HC 407 Electric Nature, Digital Storytelling - Spring