Event Details

Our Mission

Art in Science is geared toward highlighting the cutting edge research at the University of Delaware that spans all disciplines in order to educate and engage the local community and spark interest in STEM activities in underrepresented student populations.  This year’s submissions we taken from 15 departments across the University of Delaware, including engineering, biological sciences, chemistry, and art preservation.

We anticipate that engaging and educating the local community, through art, about the research taking place at the University of Delaware and its potential impact on local, national, and international communities will instill a sense of pride and connection between the University of Delaware and local residents.

We also anticipate that the inclusion of students from local schools will spark interest in their potential pursuit of STEM education. After a successful second year of Art in Science, we look forward to broadening our outreach to the Greater Delaware community with some future events already in the works!

Details for the 2018 Art in Science Event and outreach programs will be posted when final details are settled.

Art in Science Event 2018

The Art in Science Event will be held on Friday May 4th, in the Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park. The Address for Blue Ball Barn is 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803. This is right off of 202 near the intersection of 202 and I-95. More information about Blue Ball Barn can be found here. A map of Alapocas Run State Park can be downloaded here.

K-12 Hands-On Art in Science Experience 2017

On April 28th, students from Elbert Palmer Elementary school will visit Harker ISE Lab at the University of Delaware. While viewing the exhibit, multiple hands-on Art in Science experiences will also be available for students at no additional cost.

First, students will take a tour of the images displayed in UD’s Harker lab. Then, students will conduct hands-on art where they will be given an explanation of the progression of post-traumatic osteoarthritis using a similar method to the ancient Japanese art form of Gyotaku.It is critical for students to not only experience the interaction of art and science but to have a reminder of the activity and its content.

Finally, the students will be given the opportunity to create interactive graphs using iPads. These graphs not only give voice to the appeal of art to the students but also demonstrates how their voices become data and how data become graphs.

We were enthralled by the last year’s visiting students’ reaction to being on a university, hopefully inspiring some of them to pursue post-secondary education in STEM fields; we are hoping for similar reactions in 2017.

Art and Purchasing Prints

Submitted and accepted images will be printed on photo paper mounted on foam board for display. To make the Art in Science exhibit a self-sustaining annual event, we are providing researchers the opportunity to purchase their art at cost or to donate it at the end of the event. Additionally, order forms for prints of the images will be available during the event and while the exhibit is displayed at Blue Ball Barn. Prints can be picked up at the end of the exhibit or delivered for a nominal fee.


The top three art submissions will be chosen by the Art in Science committee. These artists will receive VISA gift cards for $75, $50, or $25, respectively for first, second, and third place.


We would like to extend a special thanks to UD’s College of Engineering, College of Art and Sciences, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering for sponsoring this event.