Third Art+Science Salon Invites You to Discuss Art, Ecology, and Community

June 13, 2013

Artists, scientists, and the public find their common ground

Tacoma Art Museum, 6–8 p.m.,Thursday, June 20

TACOMA, Wash. – The next Art+Science Salon invites you to add your voice to a panel discussion on the ways that the arts, ecology, and the community find common points of inspiration and naturally intersect.

The first two salons in Tacoma this year sparked animated conversations among community member attendees and the artist and scientist panelists. We expect this one to also include a lively exchange of ideas between ecology and arts specialists and the great variety of specialists of life who make up the local community.

Art, Ecology, Community will be held 6–8 p.m., Thursday, June 20, at Tacoma Art Museum in the event space on the main floor. Everyone is welcome to the free event, which runs on the museum’s regular Third Thursday free admission day. Light refreshments will be served. The panel will include:

Amy McBride, Tacoma Arts Administrator at Tacoma Arts Commission
Elizabeth Conner, artist and part-time lecturer at University of Washington Tacoma
Vaughn Bell, artist and part-time lecturer at University of Washington Tacoma
Peter Hodum, biologist and assistant professor at University of Puget Sound

Visitors to the salon also will be able to view the new Tacoma Art Museum exhibit Creating the New Northwest: Selections from the Herb and Lucy Purzan Collection.

The Art+Science Salon series is a collaboration between University of Puget Sound and Tacoma Art Museum. The salons aim to bring scientists, artists, and interdisciplinary thinkers together through conversations and through the collaborations that may emerge from these dialogues.

The salons feature panelists and organize exhibitions, workshops, and events that explore the intriguing intersection between the sciences and the arts. Information on each event will be posted at

A new Art+Science Committee at Puget Sound is organizing the events. The committee includes Suzanne Holland, the John B. Magee Professor of Science and Values; Siddharth Ramakrishnan, the Jennie M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience; Elise Richman, associate professor of art; and Peter Wimberger, professor of biology and director of Slater Museum of Natural History. For more information about Art+Sci projects contact

 The endowed Jennie M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience, held by Siddharth Ramakrishnan, was funded through the generosity of Marvin H. Caruthers P'02, distinguished professor of biochemistry and chemistry at University of Colorado Boulder, in memory of his late wife Jennie M. Caruthers. The gift was made as part of the $125 million One [of a Kind] campaign.

For more about the Art+Science Salon series at Puget Sound visit:
Information is also available by sending an email message to

For more about One [of a Kind]: The Campaign for University of Puget Sound, visit:

Press photos of examples of art and science collaborations are available by contacting:
Photos on page: Top right: Middens, by Elizabeth Conner; Above left: Life Becomes a River, by Vaughn Bell; Above right: Metropolis, by Vaughn Bell.

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