Artful Explorers

Wherever art and science share synchronous orbits, chances are Lia Halloran will be there, contributing momentum. Halloran, an associate professor in the Department of Art as well as a practicing artist, recently completed a stint as a visiting professor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

While collaborating with museum astronomers and astrophysicists, Halloran also worked in a Brooklyn studio space, creating huge cyanotype prints like the one that now hangs at the top of the McCardle Family Collaboration Stairs in Keck Center for Science and Engineering at Chapman.

Lia Halloran bridges art and science with creative works such as this cyanotype print. The Chapman associate professor in the Department of Art recently completed a stint as a visiting professor working with astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. (Photo by Adam Ottke ‘13)

“It’s a dream to be immersed in the worlds of art and science where everyone is doing really creative things and no one is classifying it,” she says.

Like her collaborations with Nobel-winning physicist Kip Thorne, an executive producer on the film “Interstellar,” Halloran worked with museum researchers to bridge the worlds of science and art.

“What’s the best way to visualize complicated things we have a hard time describing? How do we get the largest number of people interested in these concepts? These are conversations that excite me,” Halloran says.

Dennis Arp

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