Science Seen


The Exhibit

Art has an important role to play in helping the public make sense of complex data in new and exciting ways. Able to see the patterns in the data, artists and scientists alike, translate information into visual and aesthetic forms that increase awareness and make complicated issues easier to understand. Science Seen is the Data Science Research Bazaar Art Exhibit, and it will feature visual art created with data science techniques, by data scientists, and with scientific themes. Science Seen will be displayed in the Hub Central Lobby at the Discovery Building from January 21 until mid-March.

The Discovery Building is a part of the campus tour route that reaches over 80,000 people annually. In addition, the Discovery Building is a popular event space, and is used throughout the day by UW students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members. The Research Bazaar anticipates up to 200 conference attendees during the 2-day event and available in the Hub Central Lobby to both the campus community and the public for the month-long display period. This exhibit will be featured alongside a new permanent piece within the Hub Central Lobby by nationally recognized artist Melanie Stimmell, depicting diversity within science. Art displayed in this area will reach several facets of the community and broaden artists’ visibility within campus and city communities.

The Artists

Cid Freitag

Cid Freitag is an Educational Technology Program Manager by profession, and otherwise an artist, amateur scholar, and landform enthusiast. Her art draws from the imaginal and the scientific and takes form through the medium of photomontage. A past life as a cartographer helps support the data side of rendering landscapes into art.

Felipe and Carlos Eduardo Gacharnà

Felipe Gacharnà is a web developer with the Office of Communications and Advancement as part of the Dean’s Office in the School of Education at UW-Madison. Carlos Eduardo Gacharnà is an artist and educator living in Long Beach, California.

For more information, follow Felipe and Carlos on Instagram.

Katherine Steichen Rosing

Katherine Steichen Rosing’s abstract paintings and installations explore environmental themes relating to trees and forest ecosystems in urban and wild areas. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including Germany, Japan, and China, and is included in numerous private and corporate collections internationally.

In 2018, Rosing was awarded both a Madison Arts Commission Individual Fellowship and a Dane Arts Short Order Project Grant. Rosing earned an MFA from Northern Illinois University and teaches College Transfer Art courses at Madison College.

Her work–including her climate-related art–can be found on her website and Instagram.

Geo Rutherford

Geo Rutherford is a 2012 Eastern Michigan University BFA graduate in printmaking and fibers with a certification in K-12 Education. She spent her mid-twenties teaching high school art, which she loved very much. While teaching, Geo helped start the nonprofit #whyyoumatter to help schools better deal with mental health awareness. Now, Geo is pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her art can be found on her website and Instagram.

Mae Wilson

Mae Wilson (b. 1991) is a cartoonist, book artist, printmaker, and storyteller. Much of her work deals with the perverse nature of desire, the growth and cultivation of ideas, and the ways we are shaped by the times and places in which we live.

Mae graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Fine Art in 2014. After learning the art of oral storytelling while working in museum interpretation, she became interested in the ways in which ideas are expanded and compressed and shaped for an individual audience. To her, making comics and prints is a way to blend her two passions, writing and drawing, in a democratic and highly accessible form.

Mae is a current MFA candidate at UW Madison and is expected to graduate in 2021.