About Lynn Fellman Artist for Science
It’s important for all of us — taxpayers and policymakers — to understand basic science concepts to guide smart strategies for health, the economy, and our environment.
The problem is getting the fundamentals across in a clear and engaging way. My solution combines accurate information with poetic visualization. Combining art and story to illuminate the beauty and benefit of genomic and evolutionary science is my passion as an artist and as a responsible citizen.
I’m persnickety about materials and methods. I usually begin with pencil and paper, ink and paint, and then scan the sketches to manipulate and colorize. When printing the finished image, I use cotton or rag archival paper and pigment inks for vibrant color and longevity.
Merci, gracias, and toda raba
I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with amazing people and the universities, foundations, and institutes that support my work. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Israel, I collaborated with Dr. Dan Mishmar, an evolutionary geneticist at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, to develop an animated video about his research.
Another opportunity came from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). It was a National Science Foundation think tank for innovative, cross-disciplinary, evolutionary research at Duke University. I was granted a six-month residency to develop interactive media about genomics and human evolution.
During my residency at NESCent, I was part of a working group of scientists led by Dr. Nina Jablonski and Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. Our proposal to develop curricula for students to connect their genetic ancestry with their family history received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Hurrah!
The grants led to several successful, ongoing programs: the Genetics and Geneaology curricula for undergraduate students at Spelman College and Finding Your Roots summer camp for teens at Penn State University. I designed interactive media for the programs: a digital book for Spelman and a visualization tool for Penn State.