Cascadia College art gallery combines art and math

The exhibit will be held from May 9 until June 3, with a reception taking place on May 12.

On May 9, Cascadia College will open its doors to showcase an art gallery, which highlights the intersection of arts and mathematics. The gallery will remain open until June 3.

“Too often mathematics and the arts are viewed as separate and distinct ways of describing our world,” said Megan Luce, faculty of mathematics. “This interdisciplinary exhibit allows one to see how intersected they can be and how the beauty in one enhances the other.”

A free viewing and reception of the gallery will be held on May 12, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Cascadia College’s Möbius Hall, located at 18428 Campus Way NE.

Featured artists include Monique Cantino’s Geometric Structures, Timea Tihanyi who is an interdisciplinary visual artist and ceramist, Claire B. Jones who has computer generated interactive 3D models of stitched sculptures using photogrammetry, and Henry Segerman’s mathematical and typographical art of various dimensions.

“This exhibition showcases how artists can use mathematics in the creative process,” said Chris Gildow, faculty of art. “From intricate geometric forms to Spirograph-like designs and organic, flowing shapes, the exhibition gives an interdisciplinary overview of powerful creative work.”

On top of the artist exhibition, Stephen Ornes, who is a science writer and the author of Math Art: Truth, Beauty and Equations, will provide a presentation on convergence of math and art, and host a roundtable discussion during the reception on May 12.

“Many mathematicians describe their field as the embodiment of a kind of beauty: A proof can be elegant; the symmetry of a group can be sublime. Art inspired by math can bring out that beauty and reveal the discipline’s aesthetic side,” said Ornes.

Drawing stations will be set up for students and guests to engage in interactive math art projects at the opening event. Volkan Alkanoglu, who is an artist that commissioned to create a sculpture for the new STEM4 building, will also contribute slides of his work to the exhibit.

The STEM4 building is a collaboration between Cascadia College and the University of Washington Bothell which will provide opportunities for students to create academic pathways, research opportunities, and project learning experiences. The project is set to be completed in August of 2023.

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