Artist + Researcher Year 2

Connecting Phoenix’s arts and
biosciences communities.

Explore ARx2

The Artist + Researcher program (ARx) pairs local Phoenix artists with researchers and scientists from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, the Translational Genomics Research Institute and PBC biotech companies. Artists and researchers were paired into teams through a speed-dating style event in November 2022 where they ranked their preference of who they would like to work with. The PBC Arts Committee then used those rankings to finalize the teams. The ARx teams worked together over the course of nine months to transform the groundbreaking life science research happening on the campus of the PBC into a variety of art mediums such as sculpture, painting, augmented reality, and live performance. What emerged at the end are these 10 amazing translational pieces of art.

Now Go Be Normal

by Suzanne Whitaker and Amy Armstrong-Heimsoth

Now Go Be Normal is a board game designed by artist Suzanne Whitaker and NAU faculty member Dr. Amy Armstrong-Heimsoth that explores the journey of foster youth.

The Space Between Two

by Zach Valent and Derek Cridebring

The Space Between Two is a 50″x50″ piece by Artist Zach Valent and TGen’s Dr. Derek Cridebring that highlights the invisible world of cell-to-cell communication.

Portrait of Johanna

by Monica Aissa Martinez and Johanna DiStefano

Portrait of Johanna shares the experience of living with NAFLD and the close personal connection it has with TGen’s Dr. Johanna DiStefano. Created by Monica Aissa Martinez.

Use Cases

by Jen Urso, Evan Darzi
and Christina Forbes

Use Cases, created by Jen Urso with ElectraTect CEO Evan Darzi and Director of Research Christina Forbes, is the visual evidence of the interaction between the artist and a marijuana user talking about their habits and reasons behind using as well as their perception of impairment.

Weaving Time and Gilding Canyons

by Charmagne Vasquez and Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz

Weaving Time and Gilding Canyons, developed by Charmagne Vasquez and UArizona’s Dr. Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz, showcases the critically important relationship between the subject and lactobacilli, the bacteria that protects her from illnesses.

EC Corps

by Ann Morton and Barret Michalec

EC Corps was created by artist Ann Morton shares the world of a quasi-fictitious resistance group called the EC Corps (Emotional Contagion Corps), based on research by ASU CAIPER’s Dr. Barret Michalec.

Future Health Outcomes: The Rise of Experimental Behavior Health Economics

by James Angel and Chad Stecher

Future Health Outcomes, created by artist James Angel based on research from ASU’s Dr. Chad Stecher, focuses on the impact technology and artificial intelligence will have on community health and health care as a whole.

The Mirror

by Nicole L. Olson and Vinodh Narayanan

The Mirror, created by Nicole Olson and TGen’s Dr. Vinodh Narayanan, is commentary about the journey of humans and their families challenged with Rett syndrome.  It is the story of a young woman seeing herself and who she is inside and her ever-changing reflection.

Message in a Bottle

by Mary Lucking and Anne Titelbaum

Teamed with UArizona bioarchaeologist Anne Titelbaum and invited to create an art piece that interpreted her research,  Mary Lucking created a suite of cloisonné jewelry based on the culture of the Moche People in Peru.

The History of Bioscience

by Kim Buchheit and Frederic Zenhausern

Artist Kim Buchheit’s objective of The History of Bioscience was to provide, for a general audience and against the backdrop of bioscience’s history, an intriguing introduction to some of the pioneering work being done in UArizona’s Dr. Frederic Zenhausern’s lab.

See ARx2 in Person

Artist + Researcher is intended for public viewing. The exhibition will travel to various locations around Arizona throughout the next 12 months, and the PBC Arts Committee aims to create public programming opportunities to hear directly from the teams themselves. Sign up for our newsletter to learn about more public viewing and event programming.

Artist + Researcher Year 2 Grand Opening

Join us August 19 at Bentley Gallery in Downtown Phoenix for the grand opening of the second annual Artists + Researchers Exhibition. ARx is a unique program to the Phoenix Bioscience Core. Through its Arts Committee, the PBC brings together the cutting edge research taking place at our institutions with local community artists to create translational pieces of art that showcase research in new and innovative ways. The hope is that by presenting this important research in new mediums, the research will reach wider audiences and be understood in new ways. 

On August 19, the Phoenix Bioscience Core will debut its Artists + Research Exhibition to the public at Bentley Gallery in Downtown Phoenix. The 10 teams of artists and researchers will be available to answer questions about their work, explain their creative processes and much more. This event is completely free and open to the public. Following the grand opening of the work, the art will remain on display at Bentley Gallery before moving to the Health Sciences Education Building on the PBC before traveling throughout the state. 

When: Saturday, August 19, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Bentley Gallery, 250 E McKinley St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Artist + Researcher Deep Dive

The Phoenix Bioscience Core and its Arts Committee is excited to host a first-of-its-kind event with members of both of our Artist + Researcher cohorts. 

Join us on September 14 and hear from researchers and artists about their experience working on their projects. Learn what it was like to work together, what they learned from the process, and what they would recommend to anyone interested in participating in future cohorts. Applications for ARx3 will open following this event. In addition, winners of the Phoenix Bioscience Core Arts Committee Student Grants will be announced at this event.The Artist + Researcher Exhibition, year 2 (ARx2) will be on display.

When: Thursday, September 14, 5-8 p.m.

Where: Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB)
435 North 5th Street Phoenix, AZ 85004