AS IF Center resident and Author Cynthia Reeves leading a workshop about using data in fiction

With the following partners, I have created fresh, innovative science engagement projects, many of which have evolved into ongoing collaborations and repeated invitations. 

Art + Science In the Field (AS IF Center)
In 2016, I founded Art + Science In the Field: AS IF Center, in the biologically diverse mountains of North Carolina. This two-year program was a hybrid between a biological field station and an arts residency. Scientists worked alongside artists, sometimes in collaboration, at other times as neighbors and fellows. AS IF Center also offered art-science workshops, art-science retreats, and other events. Here are a few of AS IF Center’s art and science participants:
Natalia Bayona-Vásquez, University of Georgia
Joe Bigley, Spelman College
Art Bogan, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Sam Droege, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Rob Dunn Lab members (Sourdough Project), North Carolina State University
Peter Erb, Warren Wilson College, Science Live
Kate Fleming
Shawn Hall
Robert Hamilton, Spelman College
Alisa Hove, Warren Wilson College
Ellen Kochansky, Rensing Center
Jennifer Landin, NC State University
Mark Maloney, Spelman College
Gene McGinnis, Spelman College
Albert Meier, Western Kentucky University
Deb Mitchell, AIRIE
Kristen Orr, Museum of Science, Boston
John Pickering, University of Georgia,
Todd Pierson, University of Tennessee 
Cynthia Reeves
Sara Rich, Appalachian State University
Kaye Savage, Wofford College 
Stephanie Schuttler, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Brian Wiegmann, North Carolina State University
Don Windsor, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Science Social Events
I founded and co-organized Asheville Science Tavern, a social group for creative science engagement. Over the years, AST has offered dozens of science presentations and discussions in bars and other informal environments. Asheville Science Tavern has also organized science hikes, astronomy observations, and other science events. Science socials provide opportunities for scientists to present their research in an informal atmosphere, making science fun, approachable, and awe-inspiring.

Citizen science or Public Participation in Science Research (PPSR)
As Outreach Coordinator for Discover Life, I developed and managed several projects for public participation in science research (PPSR). These included the Goldenrod Project, People’s Online Plant Atlas, State Natural History Surveys, Bee Hunt, and Mothing. 

Workshops and Visiting Lectures
At colleges and universities, biological field stations, museums, and other organizations, I have taught as a guest lecturer in science communication, art-science, scientific illustration, and other topics of science engagement. Partners have included the following:
Archbold Biological Station
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD)
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Emory University, Department of Environmental Sciences
Highlands Biological Station
Mayland Community College
Nantucket Field Station
Penland School of Craft / Avery Mitchell Correctional Institution
Spelman College Biology Department
Spruill Center for the Arts
University of Georgia Costa Rica, San Luis de Monteverde
University of Massachusetts, Boston, Nantucket Field Station
Warren Wilson College  
Western Carolina University, Philosophy Department
Wofford College, Goodall Environmental Studies Center

K-12 Partnerships
I have designed and led citizen science and other science outreach collaborations with both public and private K-12 schools. Identifying curriculum standards aligned with the project and building strong partnerships is essential to this work. I have also taught nature journaling and scientific illustration as a visiting instructor in middle school and high school classroom settings. Partners include:
Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning
Atlanta Public Schools
Clarke County Schools
The Howard School
The Franklin School of Innovation
Paideia School

At professional societies, colleges & universities, and other organizations I have made presentations about art-science collaborations, science communication, citizen science, and other kinds of science engagement. Partners have included the following:
Asheville Collider
Association of Environmental Science and Studies
Georgia State University, Biology Department
Grinnell College, Biology Department
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Spelman College Teaching Resource and Research Center
University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries
University of Tennessee, EEB Graduate Program

Art-science Exhibits
I initiated and curated the following exhibits:
Art Wing, Entomological Society of America
Selections, Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Optic Chiasm, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (co-curated with Nicole Gerardo and Elizabeth Peterson)

Art-science Collaborations  
I catalyzed and facilitated the following collaborations between artists and scientists:
The Accumulation of Change, Lelavision with David Lynn Lab, Emory University
Fertile Eyes, Lelavision with Anna Edlund
Evolution: An Art Experiment in collaboration with Nicole Gerardo Lab, Atlanta Science Festival

Scientific Illustration  
For several years, I produced scientific illustrations of insects, spiders, plants, fungi, slime molds, microscopic organisms, birds, and other organisms, first as an informal artist-in-residence for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ATBI, Discover Life in America, then later as a contractor hired by Discover

My artwork with science themes has been exhibited in many places, including:
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Watercolors of the Great Smoky Mountains All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Contrivances
Emory University, Schatten Gallery, Species Icons
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sugarlands Visitor Center, Watercolors of the Great Smoky Mountains All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory
National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Marvelous Myxomycetes

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Scientists at AS IF Center discussing a landscape ecology project