Neuroscience-based artist to offer workshop and dialogue at the ADRI

September 28, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) will host Rutgers University Innovator-in-Residence Julia Buntaine Oct. 30-31, during which she will provide a talk and workshop on her work at the intersection of science and art.

Buntaine is the director of SciArt Center, editor in chief of SciArt Magazine, and a neuroscience-based visual artist residing in New York City.

“As an artist I am interested in what has proven to be the most complex puzzle, the epitome of emergence, the deepest well our sciences have examined; the brain," said Buntaine. "The instantiation of form and function united, from the molecular to the level of neuroscience as a discipline, my work seeks to address the beliefs, theories and findings of the biological phenomenon of consciousness.”

Buntaine’s workshop “Applying Artist Skills Outside of the Studio,” to be held from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, will address the use of traditional artist skills, “such as visual and tactile observation, materials knowledge, and the ability to communicate effectively, as critical qualities across a variety of professional disciplines” in today’s job market.

From noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, Buntaine will offer a dialogue titled “Wearing Multiple Hats in the Science-Art World” in which she will discuss her neuroscience-based art along with efforts to achieve broader dissemination and assimilation of science-art work in general through teaching, publishing and organizational activities.

“Beginning with biological form or data, my work departs into the world of aesthetics as I manipulate the idea through the use of scale, metaphor, material, and form. Unlike articles and raw data, scientific ideas in the form of art inherently demand subjective judgment and interpretation, and my goal as a science-based artist is to provide my viewer an alternative way to understand the wonders of biology we have discovered in ourselves.”

Buntaine attained her Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience and sculpture from Hampshire College; her post-baccalaureate certificate in Studio Art from Maryland Institute College of Art; and her Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows in Amherst, New York City, Baltimore, Seattle, Madison, Princeton, London, Toronto, Knokke and others. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of Johns Hopkins University. She also teaches, consults, curates and frequently writes about art.

The Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects. All programs are free and open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, take place in the ADRI (16 Borland Building). For more information and to view the full listing of dialogues, workshops, and events, visit Connect with the ADRI at

Last Updated September 28, 2017