New Kohler Fellows Cohort Begins Interdisciplinary Art-Science Projects

The Marie Christine Kohler Fellows @WID program added five new members in Fall 2021 to create art-science fusion projects supported by the Kohler Foundation and the UW–Madison Graduate School. Kohler Fellows are graduate or professional students selected on the strength of their commitment and abilities to contribute to interdisciplinary thought. The program supports the Wisconsin Idea, WID’s Grand Challenges, and WID’s efforts toward antiracism, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) in science and the arts. The fellows receive an annual stipend and are appointed for one or two-year terms dependent on their graduation date.
In a competitive application process, two additional art fellows and three additional science fellows were added to the continuing group:

Anna Gregory
Science Fellow
Tiffany Harris
Tiffany Harris
Science Fellow
Hong Huo
Art Fellow
Namita Khajanchi
Namita Khajanchi
Science Fellow
Derek Kiesling
Derek Kiesling
Art Fellow

The new cohort joins Matt Ferens, Aedan Gardill, Kaitlin Moore, Kushin Mukherjee, and Lena Vincent.

Although meeting virtually since March of 2020, the Fellows have initiated projects in Madison and the surrounding communities engaging a demographic from school-aged children in Perception Connection to senior citizens in Museum of Material Connections. An on-going project directed by Lena Vincent and Kaitlin Moore titled Life As We Don’t Know It explores the limits of what both scientists and artists consider to be “life.” The pieces developed from this collaboration will be displayed at the Overture Center for the Arts’ Playhouse Gallery from May through August in 2022.

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