Applications are now being accepted for the Marie Christine Kohler Fellows @ WID program hosted by the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at UW–Madison. The fellowship encourages interdisciplinary thought by pairing graduate art students with science students to create and present a public science-art fusion project (e.g., seminars, exhibitions, performances, presentations) for the campus and community at large.
The 2020 artist and scientist cohort of 10 fellows began with the dubious honor of starting in a pandemic year. Despite this obstacle, the fellows embraced their responsibility to create and share public science-art fusion projects aimed at uplifting a covid isolated community. One group of fellows distributed over 100 hands-on kits that combined the science of color visualization with art to middle school classrooms and community centers across Madison. How about another example here?
This year’s cohort has had the opportunity to create projects that will be presented in a more social context. The Bacteria and Me coloring book, written by science fellow Tiffany Harris and illustrated by art fellow Aedan Gardill, will premier at the Illuminating Connections event on April 6. An art exhibit organized by fellows Lena Vincent (astrobiology) and Kaitlin Moore (literary studies) will explore alien life speculations in Life as We Don’t Know It. and will open in the Overture Center in May.
Fellows are appointed for one year and receive an annual stipend of $1500 and a project budget. Fellows have access to space in the Institute in the Discovery Building and are invited to participate in regular WID events such as community lunches and Discovery Seminars. The WID administrative team is available to assist with project management, facilitating meetings, organizing dinners with invited speakers and other activities. The Kohler Fellows program is accepting applications through April 30, with selections being made by May 30, 2022.