Events & Programs
Artist in Residence
Since 2016, Pacific Science Center has been working with artists to create cross-disciplinary experiences for guests and to foster collaborations across disciplines.
The Artist in Residence program is a unique, open-ended opportunity for artists to develop, expand, and apply their skills to explore connections between art and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The program offers artists a platform to talk about the creative processes behind their work and to present works-in-progress. Additionally, Artists in Residency have the opportunity to collaborate with scientists from our Science Communication Fellowship program.
The Artist in Residence working space is located in the Artist Living Studio in Building 4. The space also features Artist-in-Residence-designed activities for guests. The Artist Living Studio offers open studio hours for guests to observe, learn, and interact with a working artist. Check our artists’ open studio hours below!
Current Artists in Residence
Photography & Illustration
After studying biology in college, Terry discovered photography, which allowed her to use science – physics & chemistry − to create art. For over 25 years, Terry had a very satisfying career as commercial/advertising photographer with a studio in Seattle’s Fremont district. When she retired, Terry began another rewarding adventure – volunteering for Pacific Science Center. It is here that she has discovered the joy of sharing her curiosity for science. Being a life-long learner, Terry also practices natural science illustration.
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Past Artists in Residence
Kalen is a cartoonist who has been drawing since he was a kid, but really making comics for the past five years. Common themes in his work include friendship, slice-of-life-livin’, bildungsromans, non-gendered bioforms, science-fantasy, worldbuilding, and legacy. His work has been featured in Seattle Weekly, Extruder, and Nintendo Power (oh yeah!), and reviewed on The Comics Journal and Four Color Apocalypse. He also hosts a monthly podcast about comics called The Issue at Hand.
Ruth Kazmerzak is an artist living and working in Seattle, born in Iowa. They earned a BFA in Photomedia and a BS in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington (2016). Kazmerzak’s practice is informed by their background in marine sciences. The focus of their work revolves around queering science and our personal and ecological relationship by using found or reclaimed materials as the medium. Ruth collaborated with Science Communication Fellow, Ivonne Ortiz to explore the similarities of marine debris to the organisms they share an ocean with and how they can be viewed and study in the same light as these organisms. By creating sculpture and installations using the marine debris with consideration to their characteristics and forms in order to delve into their ecology, life histories and life cycles.
Elizabeth is a filmmaker and her work is rooted in the intersection of science, myth, and magic. She develops short, experimental narrative films that explore nature and science. Elizabeth collaborated with our Science Communication Fellow, Lisa Voelker to develop a skit with an 8′ tall puppet, which portrayed Lisa’s research methods. (Elizabeth Schiffler (left) and Lisa Voelker with their 8′ tall puppet.)
Craig van den Bosch
Craig van den Bosch has been influenced by the intersection between technology and biology. He works in a multi-media pluralist mode and tends to be influenced by artists that cross many disciplines. He is drawn to both analog and digital methods of making. As he states, he is currently “fascinated with the possibility of all that may have happened somewhere else in time and space within our known/ unknown universe. What would happen if those two worlds were to collide? What could we learn from that interaction.” Craig holds an A.A. from Muskegon Community College, a B.A. in Arts Education with a minor in English from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Painting from Montana State University Bozeman.
Natalie is a cartoonist, illustrator, and teaching artist. Her art focuses on documenting travel, relationships, and the natural world, and has been published in multiple anthologies, periodicals, and self-produced minicomics and zines. Natalie collaborated with Science Communication Fellow, Erika Harnett to develop a zine about space dust, which highlights Erika’s research. (Natalie Dupille (left) and Erika Harnett with their zine about space dust.)
Shin Yu Pai
Shin Yu is a poet, essayist and visual artist. She served as an artist-in-residence for Town Hall Seattle, is a former ambassador of On The Boards, and served as the fourth Poet Laureate of The City of Redmond from 2015 to 2017. She currently works as a full-time events producer for Atlas Obscura, designing public programs and experiential events that take place throughout the Pacific Northwest. Shin Yu holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MA in Museology from The University of Washington. Shin Yu Pai collaborated with Science Communication Fellow, Brett Morris to create a song that draws its melodic structures from sonified starlight data and lyrics that reflect on Morris’ research on unknown worlds.
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