Kyle McClary –
Art and science are natural companions. Both are a means of investigation and discovery. Both involve ideas, theories, and hypotheses that we test in places where mind and hand come together—the laboratory and studio. Artists, like scientists, study—materials, people, culture, history, religion, mythology— and learn to transform information into something else. Kyle will share best practices and lessons learned about his work to connect artists and scientists, which includes: creating an organization that funds collaborations between artists and scientists; catalyzing 15+ interdisciplinary art/science projects; hosting artist and scientist networking events; and creating an interdisciplinary digital media lab for artists and scientists to collaborate. He will also share insights, challenges, and future directions regarding current collaborations between artists and scientists, including projects like The World in a Single Cell and VR Microscopy.
Kyle McClary is a biochemistry PhD candidate at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on building 3D computer models of biological cells to accelerate drug discovery and development. His broader professional goal is to make science accessible, clear, and engaging to everyone, so he co-created the BRIDGE ART + SCIENCE ALLIANCE to work with digital artists in carrying out this mission. His group has produced scientific media projects that have premiered at major festivals like SXSW and received awards from groups like the Association of Medical Illustrators.