Introducing Toledo CellulART Featured Scientist/Artist
Ahna Skop, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Professor of Genetics, Affiliate Faculty Life Sciences Communication & the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute
Brief Description: Have you ever wondered what it is like to grow up in a family of artists and then end up a scientist? What does thinking like an artist offer the scientist? Can the blending of art and science encourage a more diverse population of students to pursue science, and improve the public understanding of science? Ahna will give you an exciting glimpse into her life and how she has impacted science, education and the public with her two passions: science and art.
About the speaker: Ahna is a Professor in the Department of Genetics at UW-Madison and is an affiliate faculty member in Life Sciences Communication and also the UW-Madison Arts Institute. She mentors both scientists and art students in her lab, and also serves on the board of the Wisconsin Science Museum, where many of her art-science collaborations are on display. She is a passionate advocate for underrepresented students in science and does so with her association with the SACNAS organization, UW-Madison campus efforts, and social media. To engage the public about science, she has established numerous local, national and international scientific art shows and displays that have been installed in art galleries, on the UW-Madison campus, and in science museums. In 2008, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of science from the College of St. Benedicts and was named a Remarkable Women in Science from the AAAS. In 2015, she was honored as a Kavli Fellow from the National Academy of Sciences. In 2018, she was awarded the first ever Inclusive Excellence Award by the ASCB and HHMI. She currently serves as an advisor to the chief diversity officer at the NIH (Dr. Hannah Valantine), and on the ASCB Minority Affairs Committee, and is a diversity consultant to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Her science and art have been featured by Apple, The Scientist, USA Today, Smithsonian, PBS.org, NPR and Science magazine. One of her great hobbies is cooking/baking (including scientific cakes!), and she publishes her creations on her foodblog, foodskop.com, in her free time. She is very active on social media (@foodskop) with themes related to science art, women in STEM issues, and diversity and inclusion.
Nikon's Small World
Celebrating 44 years of images captured by the light microscope
Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.
University of Michigan
The University of Michigan unites scientists from many ﬁelds who work together to study organism development, function and disease. The goal of these studies is to design new and effective ways to treat disease and provide better understanding of ourselves as well as the world that surrounds us.
In the course of this research, scientists use special stains to add color to the otherwise transparent tissues. Microscopes then allow detailed observation. The tiny biological structures revealed in these images are beautiful; we share them with you here as a fascinating combination of art and science that we call BioArtography.
On this site, you can purchase images displayed at the Ann Arbor Art Fair BioArtography Booth. Proceeds from the sale of this work help support the training of our next generation of researchers.
Student Image Response Exhibition
University of Toledo Department of Art
Three University of Toledo Department of Art students were invited by Toledo CellulART to create works of art inspired by microscopic images. Each student took a unique path in the development of their final work.
Rachelle Williams found inspiration in the fractures and tension within the images depicted stress. Williams created paintings that explore a topography of stress.
Domenic Pennetta used a specific index of imagery related to insects and reproduction. Pennetta created a series of drawings inspired by entomology.
Tyler Saner appropriated components of every image and created a design system that focused on aspects of repetition and layering. Saner was inspired by organic systems of replication.