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Science Cafe will explore art and science relationship


The perceived relationship between artists and scientists is often one of opposition. While scientists are known to approach the world through observation and logic, artists are known to approach the world through imagination and subjective perception.

In his Science Café discussion titled, "Fluid Potential: Why Scientists and Artists Should Get Together," Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing John Sabraw will argue that the two are a perfect match. The discussion will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Baker University Center Front Room.

As both an artist and researcher Sabraw has experienced the compatibility of the two fields first hand.

"My current research focuses on natural phenomena, the earth's ecosystems as a whole, and our role within that," said Sabraw. "This in turn has driven me to incorporate even more sustainable practices in my studio and in my life."

Sabraw is intrigued by the metaphysical and pragmatic concerns regarding the universe and aims to transcend boundaries in his work.

"The approach of art in questioning the world, in comparison to the perceived approach of science, can work together to provide rich ground for future projects and progress," said Sabraw.

Science Cafés are venues for students interested in the sciences and engineering to share their interests with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly and informal setting.