Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination. Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking

September 22nd, 2016

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Kansas State University
September 22nd, 2016, 5:30-8pm
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum
Chaired by Carlos Castellanos

Photos and video from this event

The LASERs are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. Leonardo/ISAST, the DX Media Program and the College of Arts & Sciences at K-State invite you to a meeting of the Leonardo ArtScience community. The event is free and open to the public. The agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking.


On July 15, 2016, fifty university faculty and students, K-12 teachers, and artists from across the state convened at the Konza Prairie Meeting Hall for a day of dialogue and discovery exploring the intersections of art and science. Along with special guest and keynote speaker Matthew Coolidge (from the Center for Land Use Interpretation), participants discussed ways to enable collaborate relationships between artists and scientists. Organized by Carol Blocksome, Linda Duke, Celka Straughn, Rhonda Janke, Carlos Castellanos and others this one day workshop/symposium served as a platform to open up a regional dialog on art-science collaboration that we hope will continue to gain strength. This month's LASER event will convene a panel to report on these activities and discuss future possibilities.

We will discuss next steps and take questions from the audience.

5:30-6:30pm: Individual reports & presentations

6:30-6:45pm: Break (refreshments, socializing)

6:45-7:30pm: Open panel discussion, questions from the audience


Speaker Bios

Carol Blocksome

Carol Blocksome

Dr. Carol Blocksome is a range management specialist at Kansas State University in the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources. She specializes in ecological issues affecting rangelands, with a particular interest in prescribed fire. Current projects are the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange and the Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan. She engages in Extension work that encourages the use of science to improve natural resource management.

Linda Duke

Linda Duke

Linda Duke, serves as director of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University. She has a long-time interest in better understanding the research methodologies of art and science, their shared values as well as the ways in which they might inform one another.

Celka Straughn

Celka Straughn

Celka Straughn has served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas since 2009. She came to the Spencer from Harvard University, where she held research positions at Harvard Project Zero and the Harvard Art Museums. At the SMA, Straughn works with faculty across campus to integrate the Museum's collections and resources into cross-disciplinary teaching, learning and research. Straughn is an affiliate with the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures and the Center for European Studies; she also serves as an instructor for UNIV101 and the Honors Program. Straughn received her doctorate in art history in 2007 from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include modern European art (in particular German and Jewish art), art historiography, exhibition and collecting histories and practices, and artist networks. She is also currently exploring issues of cultural competency and museums, as well as the digital, environmental, and medical humanities.