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Lecture: Rebecca Kamen

Lecture: Rebecca Kamen
Wednesday, April 6 at noon

Making the Invisible, Visible: The Art of Reimagining Scientific Discovery

Rebecca Kamen is a painter, sculptor, and lecturer who explores the intersections of art and science. Her practice is informed by observation and wide-ranging research into cosmology, history, philosophy, and the search for common threads that flow across various scientific fields to capture and reimagine what scientists see.

Kamen has worked on collaborative projects at the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, the Kavli Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, and at the National Institutes of Health.

She has exhibited and lectured both nationally and internationally including China, Hong Kong, Korea, Austria, Chile, Egypt, Spain, Australia and Singapore. She has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, two Strauss Fellowships, and a Travel Grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation. As artist in residence in the neuroscience program at National Institutes of Health, Kamen has interpreted and transformed neuroscience research into sculptural form. Her artwork is represented in many private and public collections.

Kamen is a professor emerita of art at Northern Virginia Community College, and currently serves as artist in residence in the Computational Neuroscience

For more information about Rebecca Kamen, visit:


Reimagining scientific discovery through the lens of an artist

Curiosity as Art and Science: Rebecca Kamen and David Lydon-Staley (3-minute video)

Arts & Humanities Grant Writing Month

Arts & Humanities Grant Writing Month

February 2022 is Arts and Humanities Grant Writing month at UGA. Program officials from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities will give presentations with Q&A sessions on programs and proposal strategies. Contact Jake Maas ( in the Office for Proposal Enhancement with questions.

NEA Presentation and Q&A
Friday, February 11 at 3 PM

Dr. Melissa Menzer, Program Analyst at the National Endowment for the Arts, will present on NEA programs and proposal strategy. For more information about the NEA, visit:

NEH Program Officer Presentation and Q&A
Friday, February 18 at 3:00pm

Dr. Jason Harshman, Program Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, will present on NEH programs and proposal strategy. For more information about the NEH, visit:

Reading Room: Toolkit for Cooperative, Collective, & Collaborative Cultural Work

Toolkit for Cooperative, Collective, & Collaborative Cultural Work

“The motives that drive this kind of work are broad, ranging from desire to survival, or even a combination of the two, from the joy that may emerge from working with others to fostering a sense of belonging for our own self-preservation. In doing this work that is so counter to the ideologies and frameworks we encounter in our day-to-day lives, we insist on the need to embrace our fundamental interconnectivity and interdependence as human beings. We do this by honoring multiple perspectives, picking up the slack when others can’t, understanding that individual wellness is a collective responsibility, challenging one another, sharing our power, and more.”

2022 Emerging Creatives Student Summit

Opportunity: 2022 Emerging Creatives Student Summit

As a member institution of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), UGA may select two student representatives. Please contact for more information about how to participate.

a2ru is now accepting student teams from member institutions to participate in the 2022 Emerging Creatives Student Summit, an intensive interdisciplinary working summit with experts and fellow students from across the country. Student teams must consist of one student from an arts-based discipline and one student from a non-arts-based discipline.

The event, which will be co-sponsored by two leading companies from the private sector, Steelcase Learning and CannonDesign, in partnership with a2ru founding partner institution Virginia Tech, will take place March 9-11 in Washington, D.C. at Steelcase’s WorkLife Center. During the summit, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to create collaborative projects that explore the theme of “Learning in Liminal Spaces: Transformative Visions for the 21st Century.” Students will learn collaboration techniques and receive expert guidance as they design and develop their shared projects.

There is no fee to attend the summit and some meals will be provided as part of the Summit experience. Students or their institutions will be responsible for travel and board. Limited number of student travel grants and a2ru scholar awards are available to eligible institutions; please contact a member of your institution’s a2ru contact team for more details.

Idea Lab Mini Grants Fall 2021


Organoids is a collaborative research project for prototypes and methods to create organoids, three-dimensional cellular structures which are developed from pluripotent stem cells.

Project participants

Nadja Zeltner, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology faculty
Alexander Bucksch, Plant Biology faculty
Eileen Wallace, Art faculty
Mable Fox, Engineering faculty
Martijn van Wagtendonk, Art faculty

Queer Space: Athens, GA

Queer Space: Athens, GA uncovers a UGA theatre director’s love story, a lesbian linguist’s presence on campus, and guitarist Ricky Wilson’s time in the B-52s to name a few. Tour sites include places on UGA’s campus as well as downtown Athens where the queer community has come together (and butted heads) over time.

Project participants

Caroline Caden, Theatre and Film Studies undergraduate student
Callan Berry, History undergraduate student
John Jardin, UGA English alumnus
Collin Hendley, Theatre and Film Studies undergraduate student
J.W. Chin, NYU alumnus
George Contini, Theatre and Film Studies faculty
Fran Teague, English faculty
Josie Leimbach, Women’s Studies faculty