Mathematicians Made Visible

(A new printmaking project to make sure our visual representations of mathematicians more closely match the reality of the people doing mathematics).

One of my favorite paintings is Rafael’s The School of Athens.

The School of Athens | School of athens, History painting ...
Is it my imagination, or do all these scholars look the same?

I have a copy of it in my classroom to remind me and my students that by studying Algebra, they are part of a community of scholars. But lately that community is seeming a little . . . homogenous. As in, male, white, and dead.

I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to update this painting, make it look more like the world we actually live in? Fill that school with mathematicians with a broader diversity of racial and gender identities. If I were repainting it, who would I put in?

Mathematicians Made Visible is my attempt to figure that out, and to address the need for more diversity in the visual representation of mathematicians. I’ll be updating the page with sketches and prints. I’d love to know your thoughts and recommendations!



Published by printmakertracy

I am a printmaker living in Vermont. I print by hand with water-based inks on archival paper at my kitchen table. My work is inspired by my family, festivals and nature.

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