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The Club Chronicle Interview #28: Art of ScienceNo photo description available.

Tell me about yourself and Art of Science. 

I’m a 3rd year environmental engineering major. This club is an exhibition of research photography that was started 2 years ago by a friend of mine, Madeline DuBois who’s also an environmental engineer. She was working in a lab with Nick Tooker,  a then-PhD student who was also really interested in the intersection of art and science. They decided it would be cool to have an exhibition showing student research photography from undergrad and graduate students across Northeastern. So they organized an exhibition collecting submissions of cool artistic sciency photos from researchers and put it on in West H Gallery. I got on board with it last year, and since then we started the process of becoming an official club to hopefully have a more consistent source of funding. We’ve stayed true to the original idea behind it, collecting research photography and making an exhibition of it. We also have researchers write descriptions so people passing by can learn about the research going on on campus and researchers can connect with the student body. It’s also been a great way for people like me, who are majoring in a STEM field but have an artistic background, to combine areas that they enjoy. 

So you only source the art from student researchers? 

Yeah it’s student researchers, both grad and undergrad. Some are working in labs around campus but we also get submissions from people who have done research in all sorts of places around the world. We set up a portal through Google forms and we advertise for people to submit their work Submissions are open now actually and they will be open till the end of February. We invite researchers doing research in any discipline, whether it be STEM or not. We’ve gotten submissions from computer science, CSSH, even CAMD.  Through the submission portal, researchers can upload their images, write a description about their research and themselves. Then we organize everything in a spreadsheet. Last year we got about 60 submissions and we printed almost all of them, which we were really happy about. One of our goals is to be as inclusive as possible so that everyone, from first years to grad students, has a chance to showcase what they’ve been working on.

Seeing the Light: Nerve Fibers in the Retina by Anastasia Yandulskaya.

How do you go about printing them?

We  coordinate with the gallery director, and they have a lot of resources for printing. We need to fundraise to be able to print all of them, that was a big effort last year. We printed them all in a small size and organized them all outside of Gallery 360 in the hallway. After the show, we reprinted the winners in a larger size and gave them to the Dean’s of the colleges that donated money as a thank you. The researchers were able to pick up the smaller prints so even if they didn’t win one of the prizes, everyone got a nice print of their photo. 

Can you tell me about this year’s exhibition? 

The exhibition has a tentative date of April 9th, the reception will probably in the afternoon sometime, and it will stay up for a few weeks. It’s right in Curry in the hallway where people pass by outside Gallery 360. Last year at the reception we invited all the researchers, friends, anyone that wanted to come, and we got catering from Rebeccas. It’s a really fun event. We have judges that judge all the artwork and we give out prizes to the top 3 and people that come to the event vote for the people’s choice award. Last year was fun because a lot of the researchers came and we were able to talk to them and learn more about what research they did. 

How can students get involved other than submitting their artwork? 

We’re always looking for more people to help us on the organizing committee. We haven’t had a lot of people so far, there’s only about 5 people right now that are currently on the committee. There’s always a lot to do with organizing submissions, communicating with the gallery director, securing funding, and helping out with graphic design. There’s  something for anyone who wants to get involved. Once we become an official club we’re hoping to do more. We’re thinking about doing a speaker series, hosting paint nights, teaming up with other clubs, and having more crossover events that involve both art and scienceWe have a lot of ideas and we’re kind of waiting to become an official club to grow and get more members to help implement all these ideas. 

Students observe photographs at the Art of Science exhibition. 

Do you meet regularly? If so, when and where?

We generally meet every 2 weeks on Tuesdays from 7-8 in 018 International village. 

Where can students find you on social media?

We have Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter which are all either @artofsciencenu or Art of Science at Northeastern. Our Instagram is full of a lot of the images that we’ve showcased in past years so if you want to get a quick idea of what we do that’s a good place to look. We also have a website which is where we link to our submissions portal and have slideshows of all the past exhibitions.

What’s been your favorite exhibition you’ve been a part of? 

I’ve only actually been a part of planning one exhibition, last year’s, which was the second one we’ve ever done.  It went really well last year and we’re hoping to be able to print most of if not all of the submissions again, because that was fun for everyone. We’re hoping to get a similar amount of submissions this year and are looking forward to seeing them pop up in our Google drive once people submit. We’re hoping to apply everything we learned last year to make this year even better. 

Queen Angelfish by Jaxon Derow

What’s one thing you wished people knew about your club?

That they can join! Once we’re an official club we’re excited to be able to table and recruit new members that are also interested in art and science. Right now our main method of recruitment has been word of mouth so it would be great to have a wider reach than that. Once we’re doing more events and speaker series, I think people will be even more interested in becoming members. We’re also always trying to get the word out when submissions are open and when people can come see the gallery. You don’t have to be a member of the club in order to participate in many of the things we do. 

What is your favorite part about being involved in Art of Science? 

Seeing all the research that goes on on campus is really cool and I would never have known about most of it if not for this club. Whenever we get a new submission it’s so exciting. Last semester we’d be checking our drive every day to see when people would submit.  We got 20 new submissions on the last day because a grad professor reached out to their students and it was so great to be able to add so many images at the last minute.