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UI Visualizing Science Exhibit Brings Together Artists and Researchers

February 07, 2017

A new project from the University of Idaho brings scientific research to life in art form, revealing a deep kinship inherent in seemingly disparate disciplines.

The exhibit, Visualizing Science, is the result of a nine-month collaboration between interdisciplinary teams of faculty in science, art and design. The project was led by College of Art and Architecture professor and head of the art and design program Sally Graves Machlis and Prichard Art Gallery director Roger Rowley.

“It’s really informative for scientists to learn how involved the research of creative activity is,” Machlis said. “It’s also fascinating for them to articulate what they do to an artist and think about it in visual terms.”

Visualizing Science received a $40,000 grant through UI’s inaugural Vandal Ideas Project last spring.

“This has been, I think, a way for the university to give interdisciplinary work prominence and importance,” Rowley said. “That says this is something the University of Idaho is committed to.”

The exhibit runs Feb. 10 through April 15, 2017, at UI’s Prichard Art Gallery. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the gallery, 414 S. Main Street in Moscow. A schedule of accompanying events is available at

Visualizing Science features the work of the following artist and scientist teams:

  • Kosmos, by Nishiki Sugawara-Beda, Department of Art and Design, and James Foster, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Pivot, by Val Carter, Department of Art and Design, and Craig McGowan, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Abundant, by Delphine Keim, Department of Art and Design, Sally Graves Machlis, Department of Art and Design and Art Education, and Sanford Eigenbrode, Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences
  • Hyperelliptic Threshold Noise, by Mike Sonnichsen, Department of Art and Design, and Jennifer Johnson-Leung, Department of Mathematics
  • The Little Phage, by Greg Turner-Rahman, Department of Art and Design, and Holly Wichman, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Nebulous, by J. Casey Doyle, Department of Art and Design, and Bryn Martin, Department of Biological Engineering
  • To Find (in) Words, by Stacy Isenbarge, Department of Art and Design, and Penelope Morgan, Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is closed Monday. The Prichard is an outreach facility of the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture and is located at 414/416 S. Main St. on the corner of Fifth Street and Main Street in downtown Moscow. Admission is free. Additional information about the exhibit is available at

Media Contact:

Roger Rowley
Director, Prichard Art Gallery

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