A team from The University of New Mexico has organized an exhibition at ¡Explora! that launches on the Albuquerque science center’s Adult Night. 

The 2023 Shared.Futures SciArt Exhibit kicks off on Friday, May 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at ¡Explora! for adults 18 and up. Tickets are available online for $10 for adults and $7 for seniors.

There will be a SciArt Passport activity with a prize and raffle for those who complete the passport.

The exhibition continues through June 6 when the work will be moved to the Shared.Futures website gallery

Shared.Futures Exhibition Opening
¡Explora! Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque
1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Friday, May 19 | 6-9 p.m.
Tickets are available online
 for $10 for adults and $7 for seniors.

Shared.Futures is a sci-art collaborative event where local scientists and artists come together.

Teams participating in the Meet a Scientist/Artist event include:

Scents of soil, sense of home: investigating formation of rocks with isotopes
Artist Eleonora Edreva, UNM, Art & Ecology
Scientist Catherine Peshek, UNM Earth and Planetary Sciences

Remedy network: fungi uptake of arsenic in soil
rtist Rebecca Elise Cook, UNM, Painting & Drawing
Scientist Taylor Lillian Busch, UNM, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

3-D printing a path to a more sustainable future: 3D printing of earthen structures
Artist Manuel Peralta II, Mongo Illustration
Scientist Daiquiri Zozaya, UNM Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Breaking Ground: understanding the physics of earthquakes
Artist Celine Gordon, independent artist and illustrator
Scientist Jeng Hann Chong, UNM Earth and Planetary Science 

500 Unheard Legacies: impacts of mining in New Mexico
Artist Rosalba Breazeale, independent artist
Scientist Jessica Begay, UNM Center of Metals in Biology and Medicine

Elemental: environmental water resource engineering
Artist Viola Arduini, independent artist
Scientist Anjali Mulchandani, UNM Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering 

Unheard Voices from the Blaze: wildfire effects on river systems
Artist Beedallo
Scientist Asmita Kaphle, UNM Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Organizers of the event are:
Yolanda C. Lin, UNM Geography and Environmental Studies, assistant professor
Marisol Meyer Driovínto, UNM Community and Regional Planning, graduate student
Tybur Casuse Driovínto, UNM Environmental Engineering, graduate student
Lisa Hurst, In Search of Solid Ground Photography LLC, photographer
Ashley Apodaca, UNM Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies, undergraduate student

The exhibition is aimed at people of all ages who want to know more about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) and experience the sci-art space, Lin explained. She helped coordinate the event as part of the UNM Transformation Network, a transdisciplinary research effort aimed at improving resilience for headwater dependent communities, including the Rio Grande watershed.

“I have always been interested in science communication, and in the past few years, I have started incorporating more artistic expression within my research presentations and papers,” explained Lin. “Especially for a general audience, incorporating artistic elements can really help your research connect with your audience. When I saw the opportunity to build a partnership with ¡Explora! and engage with local artists and UNM researchers, I couldn't resist. I love that we have created a workshop and event that is not only about connecting a broad audience to art and science, but also about building individual relationships among artists and local scientists.”

“I hope the event inspires future generations of leaders who are excited to collaborate across traditional disciplinary boundaries,” Lin remarked. “We need creative and technical approaches to tackle grand challenges such as climate change and unlocking the power of STEAM will get us moving in the right direction. There's a tendency to talk about the future in a catastrophizing way. What's special about Shared.Futures is that these researchers and artists are really acknowledging the existing and potential challenges but are also offering ideas and visions for a hopeful future.”