STEM to STEAM

STEM to STEAM

Academia tends to be compartmentalized, but isolation of fields is not effective in solving real world problems.  Science and technology alone have not, and cannot, provide complete answers to the massive problems facing us today. Inter-disciplinary approaches are...
St. Anthony’s Fire

St. Anthony’s Fire

Mattias Grunewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece reflects a fascinating intersection of art, biology, and religion. The polyptych was commissioned for an Antonite monastery which attended to people with so-called “St. Anthony’s Fire,” a disease now known to be caused by ergot poisoning (ergotism), a widespread problem at that period of time.

Life Imitates Art

Life Imitates Art

To capture wildebeest in Africa, we built a “boma” and it looked like a Christo and Jeanne-Claude creation, a “Valley Curtain” in the Kalahari Desert.

The Beginnings of Graphic Design

The Beginnings of Graphic Design

Or    The Writing Is On The Wall When we consider the first use of graphic design (GD), we have to first clarify what we mean by the term.  Common definitions of graphic Design mention the combination of text and images used as a form of visual communications.  But,...
No Place for a Lady

No Place for a Lady

or  Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad What does biology have to do with the History of Art?  If women had had full control over their bodies, history would be quite different.  Art-world equality between the genders could have happened far back in time, rather than us...
Earthworks, Earth Fails

Earthworks, Earth Fails

Earthworks are human induced changes to the landscape.  Although sometimes called Environmental Art or EcoArt, they can range from basically benign to destructive in terms of the environment they invade.  We may be creating a dialogue about things other than people,...