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

September 26, 2017, 6pm, Café Logan: First info session for students interested in the Graduate Collaboration Grants.

October 2, 2017, 6pm, Café Logan: Second info session for students interested in the Graduate Collaboration Grants.

October 3, 2017, 6pm, William Eckhardt Research Center lobbySlipping and Jamming: Variable Installation of Z-Forms: Opening celebration of two site-specific sculptural installations by Chicago-based artist Dan Peterman. Runs through November 30. Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am–5pm; Sat–Sun by appointment.

October 4, 2017, 6pm, Logan Center Performance Penthouse: Round table discussion with Tomás Saraceno and UChicago professors Angela Olinto, Daniel Holz, and Heinrich Jaeger. Moderated by Zachary Cahill. RSVP.

October 5, 2017, 6pm, 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, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the Goethe-Institut Chicago. More info here>>

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>>

November 30, 2017, 7pm, Logan Center Screening Room 201: Film screening and talk by Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Starling. More info 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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