Cascadia College Art Gallery Blends Art and Math


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

“Too often, math and the arts are seen as separate and distinct ways of describing our world,” said Megan Luce, faculty of math. “This interdisciplinary exhibition allows us to see how they can be crossed and how the beauty of one enhances the other.”

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

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

“This exhibit shows how artists can use math in the creative process,” said art faculty Chris Gildow. “From complex geometric shapes to spirograph-like designs and organic, fluid forms, the exhibition provides an interdisciplinary insight into powerful creative work.”

In addition to the artist exhibition, Stephen Ornes, science writer and author of Mathematical Art: Truth, Beauty and Equationswill present on the convergence of math and art and host a panel discussion at the May 12 reception.

“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. Math-inspired art can bring out that beauty and reveal the aesthetic side of the discipline,” Ornes said.

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

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

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