Sleeper by Matt Schlian
"Sleeper" by Matt Schlian, 2013.

As part of the 2016 UNM STC Fall Seminar Series, Matt Shlian gives an Artist Talk on Wednesday, Aug. 10 beginning at 12 p.m. in the Auditorium of the UNM Science and Technology Park located at 800 Bradbury Dr., SE.

Tamarind Institute and STC present Shlian, who is an artist/designer and paper engineer who will speak about his inspiration, work and process. He is a guest lecturer and visiting research scholar at the University of Michigan’s Material Science Department, where he is working to translate paper structures to micro folds on a nano-scale.

A native of Connecticut, Shlian earned a BFA from Alfred University (2002) in N.Y. and a MA from Cranbrook Academy of Arts is Michigan. He has completed major commissions for Apple, Levi’s, Fidelity Investments, The National Science Foundation, Facebook and Sesame Street. His work can be seen at and also

“I find inspiration in just about everything; solar cell design, protein misfolding,” Shlian says on his website. “Arabic tile patterning, systematic drawing, architecture, biomimetics, music – I have a unique way of misunderstanding the world that helps me see things easily overlooked.” 

The seminar is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Seating for this event is limited. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Lunch will be provided.

For directions, contact STC at (505) 272-7900.