April 2012

Earth Day 2012 at Mitchell College celebrates STEAM, the intersection of art and science, through an art exhibit and book display in the Library, presentations and discussions in the Weller Center, and a student Expo in Sandella’s Cafe.

This latest issue of Booklights will spark your imagination through books exploring this exciting topic.


Learn More: Earth Day Events at Mitchell College


By Patrick Dougherty

Format: print

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Building with Sticks and Stones (The New York Times)

Big Sticks, Speaking Softly (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Artist Bio (from Sculptor Website)
Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick Dougherty began to learn about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. Beginning about 1980 with small works, fashioned in his backyard, he quickly moved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental site-specific installations that require sticks by the truckload. To date he has built over two hundred such massive sculptures all over the world. Read more…

By David Edwards

Format: print

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Artscience Labs Homepage

Author’s Website

Le Laboratoire Interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition

Publisher’s Description
Scientists are famous for believing in the proven and peer-accepted, the very ground that pioneering artists often subvert; they recognize correct and incorrect where artists see only true and false. And yet in some individuals, crossover learning provides a remarkable kind of catalyst to innovation that sparks the passion, curiosity, and freedom to pursue–and to realize–challenging ideas in culture, industry, society, and research. This book is an attempt to show how innovation in the “post-Google generation” is often catalyzed by those who cross a conventional line so firmly drawn between the arts and the sciences. Read more…

By Ernst Haeckel

Format: print

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Brief Author Bio

New York Times Interview with Eddie Borgo about the artist and book

Publisher’s Description
The geometric shapes and natural forms, captured with exceptional precision in Ernst Haeckel’s prints, continue to influence artists and designers to this day. This attractive volume highlights the research and findings of this outstanding natural scientist (1834–1919). Powerful modern microscopes have confirmed the accuracy of Haeckel’s prints which, even in their day, rightly became world famous. Read more…

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