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.
Artists + Researcher Exhibit
The PBC Artist + Researcher Exhibit was created to connect the complex life science research happening on the PBC with a wider audience. Nine researchers from each of the three public universities — Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona — worked alongside local artists to establish a transformational piece of artwork that shares their research in a new medium.
The work will go on public display beginning Sept. 2.
PBC 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.
Executive Director, Proxsea LLC
Executive Director, Bentley Gallery
Communications Director, Phoenix Bioscience Core
Curator, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University
Mira Milas, MD
Professor of Surgery, Banner University Medical Center
Jonathan Cartsonis, MD
Director of Rural Health, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
Cynthia Ivy, OTD
Clinical Professor, Occupational Therapy, Northern Arizona University
Bioscience Healthcare Program Manager, City of Phoenix
James Burns, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Western Spirit Museum
Executive Director, Office of Arts and Culture, City of Phoenix
Executive Director, Roosevelt Row
Bioscience and Arts Program Coordinator, Flinn Foundation
Knowledge Enterprise, Arizona State University