Creating Distinctive Collaborations, Fostering Emerging Possibilities

The Arts, Science & Culture Initiative cultivates collaboration, active exchange, and sustained dialogue among those engaged in artistic and scientific inquiry within the University and beyond. The Initiative provides opportunities for scholars, students, and arts practitioners, in multiple domains, to pursue original investigations and explore new modes of artistic production and scientific inquiry. Breaking intellectual ground requires transcending disciplinary boundaries and venturing into unfamiliar territory. To that effect, the Initiative’s programs are designed to spark conversations and critically engage faculty, students and the public across a broad spectrum of areas including art history, astronomy and astrophysics, biology, chemistry, cinema and media studies, computer and information science, creative writing, literature, mathematics, medicine, music, molecular engineering, physics, theater, and visual arts. 

The Initiative aims to:

  • Foster collaborative work that breaks new ground in scientific and social science research, artistic practice, and technological endeavors;
  • Bridge the gap between scholars and practitioners, as well as between fields;
  • Introduce new perspectives through discussion with guest scholars, artists, and other practitioners;
  • Spark intellectual interest and wonder in faculty, students, and the broader public;
  • Provide opportunities for discourse and experimentation through specific programs including Pop-up-Labs, Cabinets, collaboration grants, seminars, and workshops.

The Arts, Science & Culture Initiative was established in partnership with the Office of the Provost, with the support of the Institute for Molecular Engineering, Divisions of the Biological and Physical Sciences, the Humanities, and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation, and National Laboratories.

For more information contact: Julie Marie Lemon, Program Director and Curator, Office of the Provost.


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UPCOMING | September 27, 2017, 6pm, Logan Cafe: First info session for students interested in the Graduate Collaboration Grants.

October 3, 2017, 6pm, Logan Cafe: Second info session for students interested in the Graduate Collaboration Grants.

October 5, 2017, 7pm, Chicago Cultural Center: Artist Tomás Saraceno gives a public talk with MoMA curator Yasmil Raymond. Co-presented by the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative, the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, and the Goethe-Institut Chicago.

October 12, 2017, 7pm, Logan Center Performance Penthouse: A performance by Ingrid Laubrock's Serpentines of Laubrock's original compositions. Co-presented by the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative and the Goethe-Institut Chicago. More info here>>

Slipping and Jamming: Variable Installation of Z-Forms: A site-specific sculptural installation on the UChicago campus by Chicago-based artist Dan Peterman. Stay tuned for dates!

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | 2017–18 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Collaboration Grants. Applications due October 24, 2017. Find more information here.

MULTIMEDIA Check out our interactive videos and new and past Arts, Science & Culture Collaborative Grant videos on YouTube.

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Julie Marie Lemon, Program Director and Curator


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