"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 ARTS-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

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



Ken Van Rees; Director, Centre for Northern Agroforestry and Afforestation Black Carbon, Artist Reception:  Tuesday, November 5, 4-7 pm.  Strand Gallery, 440 Strand Hall.  University of Saskatchewan, Fall 2019  



Microbial Worlds:  In a Time of Change -- Mary Beth Leigh, University of
  Alaska, Spring 2020

Past Events


Rivers, Salmon and Disease in a Time of Change/Source2:  Jerri
August 2019
Weapons of Micro-destruction:  Jerri Bartholomew, Andy Myers and Dana
May 2019
David Buckley Borden: Designer-in-Residence, Harvard Forest - April 2019
Michael Schulteis  Venn Pirouettes - October 2018
Communicating our Vision of Nature:  Scientific Illustration Through the
  David Maddison, April 2018
Evolution of a Superbug:  An Interdisciplinary Conversation about
  Antibiotic Resistance: 
Michael Baym, Betts Cole and Dana Reason,
  November 2017

Arts-Science Convergences at OSU:  April 2016


Through the Lens:  Tools for Extending our Vision and Knowledge Through History.  Since their invention around 1600, optical microscopes have been used to investigate objects too small to be seen with the unaided eye.  In the 20th century, the development of the electron microscope has allowed us to image materials at atomic resolution.  Melissa Santala will draw upon her experience as a materials scientist and microscopist to discuss the pwoer and pitfalls of using these tools.  SCARC OCTOBER 10, 4:00 PM

Black Carbon:  Ken Van Rees and Seminariums; Strand Art Gallery,
  Fall 2019
TBD Strand Art Gallery, Fall 2019 
Microbial Worlds:  In a Time of Change
  Mary Beth Leigh, University of Alaska, Spring 2020
In a Drop of Water:  Hatfield, March-April 2018
Languages of Nature:  Little Gallery, May-June 2018
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



Willamette River Sculpture:  Dedicated Spring 2019
Artist Residents in Labs



ARTS-SCI:  Art of the Microbiome
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

  Mission Statement
Seminarium is an OSU Student Club dedicated to promoting connections between Arts and Science.  We seek collaborative projects between artistic and scientific disciplines and serve as a resource for sharing and learning.  We aim to increase and diffuse interdisciplinary knowledge.

Contact:  Grace Deitzler;

Twitter account



The ARTS-SCI group formed to bring together faculty with an interest in the intersection of the arts and sciences, and in exploring how we can collaborate to bring this discussion to a broader audience.  These collaborations have led to a lecture series, exhibits, formation of a student-led club, courses and lots of ideas.  We invite others to join us; contact Jerri Bartholomew for more information.

Current Arts-Science Faculty

Stephen Atkinson
Jerri Bartholomew
Michael Boonstra
Julia Bradshaw
Jason Fick
Sarah Henkel
Carly Lettero
David Maddison
Christopher Marshall
Andy Myers

Jay Noller
Owen Premore
Dana Reason
Melissa Santala
Sonya Springstead
Fred Swanson









This painting was done by Stephen Atkinson, one of Seminarium's faculty members.  Acrylic on canvas.  I saw the sculpture material as a strange alien cell.  I painted a set of these aliens drifting in the troubled fiery sky of a disturbed landscape. Seminarium:  A place to sow the seeds of knowledge.  We are #Seminarium, a group of grad students, undergrad students, faculty and staff at Oregon State University dedicated to celebrating, discussing, and discovering the intersection of Art and Science. An art piece by Seminarium members Paris Meyers and Nick Bira combines welding, coding, and data to create a representation of Paris' social media popularity with time.  By hitting the sculpture and creating loud noises, the audience/participants can see how variable data can be, given any perturbation of the system, from a small hit to a large disturbance. Seminarium:  Planting the Seed.  Jerri Bartholomew created this work of art out of glass, paintings, and digital art.  The images of roots, shoots and leaves were carved in plaster and then the glass was melted over them to create the relief image.  The piece was cast as a long block and then cut into squares and beveled using a tile saw.  These can be arranged to create different combinations of plants, much as sharing ideas leads to creation of new ideas.
Why Measles is a Quintessential Political Issue of Our Time; Masha Gessen, New Yorker, March 2, 2019 #2 (Justice Comment Series) Seminarium member Amy Gibson 2019