The Cascadia College Art Gallery combines art and mathematics

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

“Too often, math and art are seen as separate and different ways of describing our world,” said Megan Luce, a math professor. “This interdisciplinary exhibition allows us to see how intersected they can be and how beauty in one enhances the other.”

A free tour and reception of the gallery will be held on May 12 from 12:00 to 14:00 in the Möbius Hall of Cascadia College, located at 18428 Campus Way NE.

Prominent artists include Monique Cantino Geometric structuresTimea Tihanyi who is an interdisciplinary visual artist and ceramicist, Claire B. Jones who computer-generated interactive 3D models of stitched sculptures using photogrammetry, and Henry Segerman’s mathematical and typographic art of various dimensions.

“This exhibition shows how artists can use mathematics in the creative process,” said Chris Gildow, of the Faculty of Arts. “From intricate geometric shapes to spirograph-like designs and organic, flowing shapes, the exhibition provides an interdisciplinary overview of strong creative work.”

On top of the artist’s exhibition, Stephen Ornes, scientific writer and author Mathematical art: truth, beauty and equationswill hold a presentation on the convergence of mathematics and the arts and host a roundtable during the May 12 reception.

“Many mathematicians describe their field as the embodiment of some kind of beauty: proof can be elegant; group symmetry may be sublime. Mathematical-inspired art can highlight that beauty and reveal the aesthetic side of the discipline, ”Ornes said.

Drawing stations will be set up at the opening to engage students and guests in interactive math art projects. Volkan Alkanoglu, the artist who commissioned the sculpture for the new STEM4 building, will also enclose slides of his work at the exhibition.

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

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