In all creative endeavors, we are inspired by the work of others to move the frontiers of our intellectual interests forward. Our experiences, in work and life alike, challenge us to grow and evolve. This process allows us to realize the quintessential goal of education: to change ourselves. In this presentation, Dr. Edward Burger (Mathematics) and Victoria Star Varner (Fine Arts) will not only share two such personal journeys – one within the world of art and the other within the world of mathematics – but also challenge the audience to find the bridges that connect these two different stories. No art or math background is required and all ages are welcome. There will be several live demonstrations by both speakers, but only one equation will be shown (and it will not be solved… merely massaged)!
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Victoria Star Varner
VICTORIA STAR VARNER is Professor of Art at Southwestern University, where she is also Director of the Fine Arts Gallery and Chair of the Studio Art department. Her artworks range from classically inspired figural work to process-driven conceptual art, most recently addressing national identities and the significance of time and place. Exhibited in over one hundred exhibitions in the USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Ireland, England, and Canada, Varner’s work has been selected recently for exhibitions curated by Freyda Spira, Associate Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Susan Tallman, Editor-in-Chief of Art in Print, and Stephen Goddard, Senior Curator of the Spencer Museum of Art. Varner is represented in museum, university and private collections and has been awarded over thirty grants and a Mundy Fellowship.
St. Jerome's University
University of Waterloo, Faculty of Arts
University of Waterloo, Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo, Faculty of Science