apexart :: Public Program :: The Art of Science Education

In conjunction with the exhibition
The Hidden Passengers
organized by Avi Lubin.

The Art of Science Education
a panel discussion

Tuesday, June 10: 7-8 pm
apexart, 291 Church St, NYC

The Art of Science Education is a discussion with scientists, artists, and educators on how art can augment and improve science education. Hosted by Story Collider Co-Founder and Director Ben Lillie, panelists will include Joanna Ebenstein, Founder of the Morbid Anatomy Library; Hillary Livingston, an integral team member on the Natural History Museum’s Hall of North American Mammals redesign; and David Wells, Manager of Creative Making & Learning at the New York Hall of Science. The Art of Science Education is free and open to the public and seats are first come first serve. This program is presented as part of The Hidden Passengers, an exhibition featuring artists who employ the tools, methods, and language of scientific research to create work that participates in and shapes the world in which it exists.

Ben Lillie is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York's theater district. He has a B.A. in physics from Reed College, a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and a Certificate in improv comedy from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He is the Co-founder and Director of The Story Collider, where people are invited to tell stories of their personal experience of science. He is also a Moth StorySLAM champion and a Contributing Editor for TED.com.

Joanna Ebenstein is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer, and independent scholar based in Brooklyn, New York. She runs the Morbid Anatomy blog, dedicated to surveying ‘the interstices of art and medicine, death, and culture, and the Morbid Anatomy Library, which makes available to the public her collection of art, ephemera, books, and curiosities committed to showcasing the places where death and beauty intersect. She organizes the ‘Morbid Anatomy Presents’ series of lectures, workshops, and exhibitions around the world and is also the creative director of the new Morbid Anatomy Museum. She is the co-author of Walter Potter and his Curious World of Taxidermy and co-editor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology.

Hillary Livingston received a BFA in set design and theatre administration from Eastern New Mexico University. In 2008 she moved to New York City and began her career at the Natural History Museum, and in 2012 was appointed as lead artist in the Hall of North American Mammals and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall Restoration Project. During her tenure she developed new conservation and exhibition techniques that added vitality and depth to these iconic displays. Livingston is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Visual Arts Administration at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Development, and Human Development.

David Wells, Manager of Creative Making & Learning (New York Hall of Science), is responsible for all programming and activities in NYSCI's Maker Space. He oversees the design and implementation of maker related programs which engage families, students and visitors of all ages, as well as maker education initiatives that use local artists and makers as guest facilitators. A self proclaimed "maker of things," David also designs site-specific interactive art installations using discarded technology, audio experimentation, and digital media to create an interesting yet whimsical experience for his viewers. During his time at NYSCI he has worked on a wide variety of projects including designing exhibits for the Early Childhood space, developing emergent curriculum for educational programming, and creating educational videos for teachers and students. He received a B.F.A. from F.I.T. and a Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street.

Please join us.
All events are free and open to the public.

apexart's exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

291 Church Street, NYC, 10013
t. 212 431 5270

Directions: A, C, E, N, R, Q, J, Z, 6 to Canal or 1 to Franklin.