Science as Art 2018 was held on Friday, April 6th from 12 PM – 6 PM in the Hendrix Center Atrium and was accompanied by a Meet the Artist reception. This year, 55 entries were submitted by hardworking students, faculty and staff at Clemson.
ChBE graduate student Jaime Idarraga-Mora participated in Clemson University’s Science as Art Exhibit and was awarded an Honorable Mention for his submission, titled “Water-Filtering Microtrees.”
The image of the trees that Jaime chose was originally a micro-scale scanning-electron microscopy picture of a membrane filter. This membrane hopefully will be used at high pressures to filter seawater to get drinkable water. It is composed of a porous polymer structure (the leaves of the tree), and robust vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes (the trunks). Similarly to the trunk of a tree, the goal of the carbon nanotubes is to provide mechanical resistance to the porous filter during use.
Science as Art is a challenge among Clemson University students and faculty, as well as secondary school students across the state. The goal of the challenge is to create and share a piece of visual art based on the contestant’s work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Visual representations of these fields bring scientists, artists and the general public together. Science as Art, which began in 2006, has attracted powerful and inspirational entries over the years. Previous winning entries are displayed around Clemson’s campus, and some have actually been featured in the Clemson exhibit at Artisphere in Greenville.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit works to Science of Art every year. These entries can be produced by individuals or teams. Entries are judged based on visual impact, effective communication, and innovation.