PBC and the Arts

Connecting the Phoenix Bioscience Core with the Roosevelt Row community and Phoenix’s local art scene.

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.

Sara Anderson
Executive Director, Proxsea LLC

Craig Randich
Executive Director, Bentley Gallery

Joe Martin
Communications Director, Phoenix Bioscience Core

Pamela Winfrey
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

Claudia Whitehead
Bioscience Healthcare Program Manager, City of Phoenix

James Burns, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Western Spirit Museum

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

Adan Madrigal
Executive Director, Roosevelt Row

Julie Anderson
Bioscience and Arts Program Coordinator, Flinn Foundation

Lauren Espinoza
Knowledge Enterprise, Arizona State University

Supporters of the PBC Arts Committee

The City of Phoenix
The University of Arizona
Wexford Science + Technology
Bentley Gallery
Roosevelt Row