The Art of Science 2013 exhibit in the Friend Center on the Princeton University campus consists of 43 images of artistic merit created during the course of scientific research. The works, part of a recurring show now in its sixth iteration, were chosen from 170 images submitted from 24 departments across the University. This video offers a cross-section of the artwork on display.
"Like art, science and engineering are deeply creative activities," said Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti. "Also like art, science and engineering at their very best are highly unpredictable in their outcomes. The Art of Science exhibit celebrates the beauty of unpredictability and the unpredictability of beauty."
The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The images can also be viewed in an online gallery.
Adam Finkelstein, professor of computer science and one of the exhibit organizers, said that Art of Science spurs debate among artists about the nature of art while opening scientists to new ways of "seeing" their own research. "At the same time," Finkelstein said, "this striking imagery serves as a democratic window through which non-experts can appreciate the thrill of scientific discovery."
The top three entrants, chosen by a panel of judges made up of faculty and staff in the arts and sciences, received cash prizes. The first-prize image was "East-West, West-East" by Martin Jucker, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Second prize went to "Crushed birch," by Michael Kosk, an undergraduate in the Class of 2016. Third prize went to "Web of art and science" by Paul Csogi, webmaster at the Lewis Center for the Arts, and Christopher Cane, webmaster at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
Three People's Choice award winners also were selected, based on 139 paper ballots filled out by those attending the Art of Science 2013 opening reception in May.
Art of Science 2013 is sponsored by the David A. Gardner '69 Fund in the Council of the Humanities, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and numerous co-sponsors across campus.