Working at the intersection of art and science is something of a lifelong project for grad student Kate Aitchison MFA 16 PR. The daughter of a naturalist and nature guide, she has been exploring the American Southwest since childhood and has long been fascinated with geological maps. “By taking scientific and artistic concepts… and translating them into tangible images,” she writes in her artist statement, “I create art with the goal of sparking new kinds of conversation about environmental science and conservation issues affecting our world today.”
Thanks to a 2015 Maharam STEAM Fellowship in Applied Art and Design, Aitchison was able to spend last summer working with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Grand Canyon Youth in Flagstaff, AZ. The fellowship provides winners a $5,000 stipend to work with nonprofit or government organizations to show how art and design can make a positive impact on their work. Through her Maharam internship, the printmaker showed how art helps communicate scientific knowledge to both USGS field experts and citizen scientists of all ages.
Read more about Kate’s STEAM Fellowship experience in the Robert Albanese article on the RISD Website: http://www.risd.edu/about/news/2015/inspiring-conservation/?dept=4294968230