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Finding the art in our science!

Creativity drives our work and enriches our lives in the community of students, staff, faculty and friends of the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS).

To explore how we can strengthen the ties between art and science and take advantage of synergies between the two, we've launched the Art of SIPS Working Group. At our first meeting, we brainstormed possible projects and where we might focus our efforts. Some ways you might join in include:

  • Contributing to our Instagram and other social media.
  • Establishing web presence for our efforts.
  • Identifying speakers we might want to invite or art events we might want to sponsor.
  • Raising funds to support activities.
  • Identifying spaces that could use art to enliven our workspaces.
  • Identifying art we might be able to put in those spaces.

Want to join in or follow our activities? Have other ideas? Send us an email at and we'll add you to our mailing list.

Visit the Art of SIPS YouTube playlist.

Art at BTI 2020

Soil Health Lab manager Kirsten Kurtz talks about her soil painting and how she uses it as a unique form of scientific communication to raise public awareness of how soil is a vital natural resource -- as important to our quality of life as clean air and water.

Art as research - Research as art

Talk by Andrew Freiband, Artists' Literacies Institute at the Environmental and Sustainability Sciences Colloquium (ESS 2000) November 8, 2019 

Double Allium sculpture installation at Cornell Botanic Gardens

June 3, 2019
Sculptor: Jenny Pickford
Installation: Jed Pickford
Made possible by the generosity of Anne Simon Moffat ’69 and Professor Keith Moffat

Video from our first public event

Lisa Schonberg and Secret Drum Band in Plant Science Building
March 27, 2019 | Visit Schonberg's website

Lisa and the band performing

Lisa (center) and the band