The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in partnership with the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, is pleased to present the first-ever “Science Meets ART” (SMART) Festival! The festival will be held on October 25 and 26 and will be located at both LITE Center and the University Art Museum. This family-fun event will focus on the interdependence between art and science in our lives. It is free and open to the public.
On Friday evening we kick-off the event at the LITE Center at 6pm with a unique opportunity to listen to Theremin music performed by Robert Skinner and Juliette Ioup of the University of New Orleans. Then listen to the keynote presentation by Professor Lawrence Krauss, The Hidden Universe: The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions. Dr. Krauss is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist, who is Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration and director of the Arizona State University's Origins Project. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. Please join us for a reception following Dr. Krauss’s lecture.
On Saturday, begin your day at the Hilliard University Art Museum at 10 a.m. with a gallery tour of the exhibition Intimate Science, organized by the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, and hear faculty discuss their projects with NASA’s Earth-as-Art exhibition. Or, sign-up for an all-day special workshop with Machine Project, a group of artists out of Los Angeles who will lead participants in learning to “read minds” and create primitive lie-detectors. Registration is required for this event.
At noon on Saturday head over to the LITE Center from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. to learn what happens behind the scenes in video game design, art and animation design, film effects and 3D conversions unveiled by LITE and Pixel Magic. There will also be multiple opportunities to participate in exploration of the manifest world of Science and Art through hands-on demonstrations and talks on topics ranging from The Universe’s dark matter to understanding the science of cooking.
Dr. Natalia Sidorovskaia
Professor and Chairperson
Department of Physics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
UL BOX 44210, Lafayette, LA 70504-4210
Phone: (337) 482-6274
FAX: (337) 482-6699
Dr. Lee A. Gray
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
P.O. Drawer 42571 Lafayette, LA 70504
710 East St. Mary Boulevard
Lafayette, LA 70503
PHONE: (337) 482-0823
FAX: (337) 262-1268