The Intersection of Art & Science

Panel Discussion by California Art Club

Date: Saturday, March 13

Time: 11 a.m. PT

Location: Online on Zoom

For those artists who are also interested in science, here's a great opportunity to join the the educational programming for Mars: An Artistic Mission.

Our partner California Art Club will present the panel discussion “The Intersection of Art and Science” to discuss the history of collaboration between scientists and artists! Leonardo da Vinci was not the only artist who crossed both art and science. Come get educated and learn fascinating findings about the exploration of Mars and the mysterious signs of life on Mars.

About the Panelists:

  • John Callas, a JPL physicist who was the Project Manager for the Mars Exploration Rover project from March 2006 to the end of the project in September 2019. Callas grew up near Boston, Mass. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Tufts University, Medford, Mass., in 1981 and his Masters and Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1983 and 1987, respectively. He joined JPL to work on advanced spacecraft propulsion, which included such futuristic concepts as electric, nuclear and antimatter propulsion. In 1989 he began work supporting the exploration of Mars with the Mars Observer mission and has since worked on seven Mars missions. In addition to his Mars work, Callas is involved in the development of instrumentation for astrophysics and planetary science, and teaches mathematics at Pasadena City College as an adjunct faculty member.

  • Dr. Laura Danly, an astronomer who recently retired as Curator of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Dr. Danly specializes in public programming, educational multimedia and planetarium show production. She has developed curriculum for students from elementary school through university, with a specialty in Astrobiology, the scientific search for life in the universe. She has been active in promoting women and girls in STEM. An accomplished lecturer and teacher, Dr. Danlt has appeared in hundreds of television and news programs, and has served on numerous boards and advisory committees, including those for educational non-profit organizations, NASA, and the White House.

  • William Stout, a CAC Signature Artist of world renown, known for his diverse body of work that includes themed entertainment and motion picture design, comic book art, book illustration, public murals and dynamic yet accurate reconstructions of prehistoric life. Themed entertainment design for Disney and Universal earned him a reputation as that field’s top conceptualist. Stout has been honored with Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators and Spectrum. Stout’s 1981 landmark book, The Dinosaurs: A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era helped inspire Michael Crichton’s novel Jurassic Park. Stout has had in excess of 100 international museum exhibitions, including 13 one-man shows. His career retrospective, William Stout: From Antarctica to Zombies, broke all attendance records at the Laguna College of Art + Design.

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