Exciting new Artist-in-Residence experience underway with the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation.

Art-Science | Public Outreach | Visual science communication

It is common to place art and science on different ends of a spectrum, but creativity is an essential component to the scientific process just as it is vital for the artists. Artists and scientists share an unquenchable curiosity for the unknown. They also explore and question the world to create something new. It is clear that media plays a critical role in transmitting and disseminating scientific knowledge and that visuals dominate our oversaturated information culture. Better communication approaches are needed to address this divide, particularly in the form of visual art. With the vast disconnect between research and the public, an artist-in-residence program offer a new path to cultivate public understanding of science, and visualize things from complex biological processes to novel clinical findings.
This program is an opportunity for self-identified artists to explore the area of art-science. The program promotes multi-disciplinary approaches but aims to have the participants create art that suitable as cover art. The participants will also have there work featured in the spring 2020 ArtLab Exhibition.

For the AiR residency, participants will produce work over the summer of 2019. Artist applications were openned May 6th and closed May 17th. Laboratories interested in hosting an artist applied for the program. The laboratories detailed potential projects, pending papers, and other information about the artist role within their laboratories.

In addition to the full residency, a cover art and art request submission system will be developed. Laboratories that wish to submit cover art for papers currently under review will be asked to provide a summary of the article. Summaries will be shared with the artist group.

Overall, these two programs will build a foundation for future artist-scientist collaborations and foster innovative approaches to promote science communication and the publics understanding of science.

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