Events & Programs
Artist in Residence
The Artist in Residence (AiR) program, launched in July 2018, offers local artists a unique opportunity to develop, expand, and apply their skills to explore connections between art and STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
The program allows artists to advance their creative practice while strengthening skills related to communication, public engagement and teaching. Additionally, Artists in Residence have the opportunity to connect with scientists in our Science Communication Fellowship Program to inform, inspire, and energize their creative work with scientific knowledge.
Artists in Residence design activities and curate book displays that are featured in the Artist Living Studio in Building 4 at Pacific Science Center. Stop by on your next visit to explore the activities, grab a book, pick up a pencil, and get creative!
Stay tuned for upcoming public engagement sessions with our current Artists in Residence to learn about and participate in their creative practice.
Current Artists in Residence
Photography & Illustration
Terry Pagos officially retired as a commercial/advertising photographer in 2003 and started volunteering at Pacific Science Center. Soon after, she began helping out in the Animal Care department, where she reconnected with her childhood love of natural sciences. Terry had majored in Biosciences in college, on her way to become a scientist before the art and science of photography captured her heart.
Terry has been taking art classes on and off for 40 years, including a Natural History Illustration class in 2018. Terry’s goal with the Artist in Residence Program is to introduce PacSci guests to the magic of observation through drawing. She believes that by closely examining and then sketching, drawing, or painting animals and plants, we can learn a lot about their structures.
Be curious, slow down, and zoom in with Terry most Thursday afternoons in the Artist Living Studio.
Rachel Lodge works with hand-drawn digital images and animation to create visual stories that open a perceptual window into the hidden world of carbon, from the molecular to the landscape level. She explores the flow of carbon through forest photosynthesis; carbon cycling in the ocean, through plankton, krill, and whales; fossil fuel combustion; even the human breath and our own bodies—helping people to actually see the flow of carbon all around us through many phenomena that are normally beyond our human perception. Largely self-taught as an artist, Rachel holds a B.A. in History from UC Berkeley and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.
Emilie Bess is an insect biologist and graphic artist living in south Seattle. Beginning with zine making in high school, Emilie has always been interested in combining creative expression with exploration of the natural world. Her work includes (and often combines) comics, photography, printmaking, and nonfiction writing. During the PacSci AiR program, Emilie will be traveling to Madagascar to study the farming and cooking of insects as a sustainable protein source for people in the developing world.
Melinda Hurst Frye
Melinda Hurst Frye is a photographer, educator and an artist member of CORE gallery in Seattle, Washington. Hurst Frye holds an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art, and has taught photography at the college level for over twelve years. Melinda may be found digging holes, collecting and raising insects, while learning and making work about the biology of the northwest region and beyond. Melinda Hurst Frye works within themes of place and shared experiences through images and scans of the Pacific Northwest landscape and ecology. Her imagery refers to the mysterious activity of the surrounding ecosystems layered with sense of place.
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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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