Lorraine Walsh is the Art Director and Curator of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and Visiting Associate Professor of Art at Stony Brook University. She oversees the Simons Center Art and Science Program and is the Executive Director of SCGP News, the Center’s biannual newsletter.
As an interdisciplinary new media artist and curator with a lifelong passion for discovery at the nexus of art and science, Walsh’s research in “sci-art” is located in the rich possibilities of the interplay, shared structure, and aesthetic expression intrinsic in natural and creative processes. Her work is exhibited internationally and she is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a National Science Foundation Award for visualizing radio astronomy and creating an educational curriculum for teaching radio frequencies; an e-MobiLArt Euro grant (European Mobile Lab for Interactive Media Artists Collaborative Project) for collaborative new media interactive installations; and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship Award. Additionally, Walsh’s work has been featured in The New York Times, the Leonardo Journal/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, MIT Press and SciArt Magazine. As artist, director and curator, Walsh’s experience encompass creating scientific visualizations and designing for venues such as the Petrosains Discovery Centre & Science Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and the National Geographic Society.
Walsh’s academic appointments include Chair and Associate Professor of New Media at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Previously, she taught at Pratt Institute in Digital Design and Interactive Media. Other academic appointments and guest artist invitations/presentations include Drew University, University of Athens, Lafayette College, University of Lapland, Parsons Paris, Rutgers University, Vassar College, Wellesley College, Western Carolina University, and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Walsh received her BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.