PBC and the Arts

Art evokes inspiration, creativity, problem solving, connection, different methods of communication and empathy. All of these are vital tools for the researchers, faculty, staff and students working and learning on the Phoenix Bioscience Core every day. As we continue to evolve our understanding of the world through science, the PBC is committed to continuously finding ways to integrate Phoenix’s art and culture so we can continue to foster meaningful relationships with our community and develop a develop a deeper level of understanding for all.

How the PBC supports the arts

The Phoenix Bioscience Core is dedicated to maintaining a close connection to the arts and culture community around our innovation district. The PBC recently formed its art committee led by University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix faculty member Dr. Cynthia Standley to explore new ways in which we can integrate art into the Phoenix Bioscience Core. These include:

  • commissioned opportunities for artists
  • program participation that includes creating and touring work around the PBC, as well as selling opportunities for artists.
  • opportunities for artists to present in front of scientists and the wider Phoenix community.
  • Deepen the connection between our art and research communities through workshops, museum field trips and other programming.

We regularly host local art exhibits around the PBC, support local art programs and activities such as First Fridays and the Downtown Phoenix Farmer’s Market, and created a year long connection between local artists and PBC researchers to commission new pieces of art that translate the life-saving research on the PBC in new mediums.

Support the Phoenix Bioscience Core

The Phoenix Bioscience Core’s Arts Committee is wholly supported by contributions from our partners and the greater Phoenix community. If you are interested in supporting local artists, creating new opportunities for public art on the Phoenix Bioscience Core, or one of our other programs, please consider donating using the button below. Select “Phoenix Bioscience Core Arts Committee” as your donation option. Thank you for your support!

The PBC Arts Committee donation fund is managed by the Roosevelt Row CDC. Contributions to the PBC Arts Committee are tax deducible.

Artist + Researcher

Artist + Researcher (ARx) is the PBC Arts Committee’s largest initiative, pairing local Phoenix artists with researchers and scientists from the PBC to develop translational pieces of art that communicate groundbreaking life science research in new and innovative ways. Check out the latest cohort below.


Our inaugural cohort of the Artist + Researcher program featured nine teams with scientists from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. The works of art were displayed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport during the Spring of 2023.


Our second cohort of Artist + Researcher featured 10 teams with scientists from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona, the Translational Genomics Research Institute and PBC startup ElectraTect. The scientists worked with 10 local Phoenix artists and performers over nine months to develop these pieces.

PBC Student Art Grant

The PBC Arts Committee is proud to announce a new arts program geared toward students at Arizona’s three public research institutions, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona.

This program will award grants up to $1,000 for students to complete a project that expresses part of their curriculum in an artistic way. Proposed projects must serve the mission of the Phoenix Bioscience Core. This includes academic areas such as healthcare, community health, life science, translational research or any other area with a connection to the mission of the PBC. Learn more and apply using the button below!

Learn more about the PBC and the Arts

The Phoenix Bioscience Core Arts Committee

The PBC Arts Committee was formed in the summer of 2022 and includes members from each of the three public research universities, the city of Phoenix, and several of the PBC’s private organizations.

Dr. Cynthia Standley

Chair, PBC Arts Committee

Cynthia A. Standley, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Dr. Standley is an accomplished medical educator with more than 20 years experience teaching physiology to both osteopathic and allopathic medical students. She was formerly among the inaugural faculty at Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) and also an inaugural faculty member at the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA) associated with A T. Still University.

Sara Anderson, Executive Director, Proxsea LLC

Craig Randich, Executive Director, Bentley Gallery

Joe Martin, Communications Director, PBC

Penny Dolin, Professor of Practice, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University

Jonathan Cartsonis, MD, Director of Rural Health, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

Cynthia Ivy, OTD, Clinical Professor, Occupational Therapy, NAU

Claudia Whitehead, Bioscience Healthcare Program Manager, City of Phoenix

James Burns, Ph.D., Principal, Cypress & Sage Advising

Mitch Menchaca, Executive Director, Office of Arts and Culture, City of Phoenix

Adan Madrigal, Executive Director, Roosevelt Row

Julie Anderson, Arts & Culture Grants Market Manager, SmartSimple Software

PBC Arts Committee Supporters