Spring Botanicals Block Printing Class

Mathematicians Made Visible: the show!

I am excited to announce that I have a show! March 1st through June 1st at Long River Gallery in White River Junction, VT. With an opening reception on Friday, April 1st from 5-7:30 pm.

I do hope you’ll come if you can!

Also, please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. I feel like there are a certain subset of people who will find this work really interesting–the challenge is making sure that they know about it.

MMV#9 Jaime Escalante

Jaime Escalante: mathematics teacher

Mathematician #9 is Jaime Escalante, a math teacher famous for his work with under-served students at a Los Angeles high school. Escalante challenged the administration and worked to develop a math program that made it possible for students to achieve high levels of mathematics, pass the AP Calculus exam, and enroll in prestigious colleges.

Escalante was popularized in the 1988 movie Stand and Deliver, which he describes as 90% truth and 10% drama. After he retired, he remained active in education, and I found this interview with Education Week very informative and interesting. In 2016 the United States Postal Service honored Escalante by issuing a commemorative stamp.

MMV #8 Autumn Kent

Autumn Kent: Geometry and Topology

Mathematician #8 is Autumn Kent, an American mathematician specializing in geometry and topology. She is a self described “late bloomer” who initially went to college to become an English teacher, but enjoyed her math classes so much that she decided to become a mathematician instead. Autumn is a trans woman who advocates for more trans representation in the mathematics community. She is currently a professor at University of Wisconson-Madison.

Kent made a lovely explanation of the connections between old school video games and topology in this Fields Institute video: Asteroids, Donuts, and Topology. I also enjoyed reading her interview in Scientific American, “Being a Trans Mathematician.”

MMV #7 Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani: Dynamics, Topology, and Hyperbolic Geometry

Mathematician #7 is Maryam Mirzakhani, the first (and to date only) woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in Mathematics for her contributions to dynamics, topology and hyperbolic geometry. Mirzakhani was born in Tehran, Iran, and attended school there. She did not always want to study mathematics, but discovered a love for the subject in high school, winning two gold medals for Iran in the International Mathematical Olympiad. Mirzakhani was a professor of mathematics at Stanford University before she died in 2017.

Mirzakhani was a very private person, so there are not many videos or interviews of her on the Internet. However a film describing her life and work, Secrets of the Surface: the mathematical vision of Maryam Mirzakhani, was released in 2020. This Quanta magazine article also has a beautiful description of her work.

MMV #6 Amie Wilkinson

Amie Wilkinson: Dynamical Systems

Mathematicians Made Visible #6 is Amie Wilkinson, an American mathematician who works in Dynamical Systems. In her research, she discovers complex systems of motion that unfold in unexpected ways. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2021 for her overall contributions to the field. She is currently a professor at the University of Chicago.

This article in Quanta Magazine gives a beautiful insight into how she thinks about mathematics. I loved watching this video of her explaining the work of Maryam Mirzakhani at the Fields Symposium in 2018.

MMV #5 John Urschel

John Urschel: Applied Linear Algebra

 Mathematicians Made Visible #5 is John Urschel, a Canadian-American mathematician and a retired professional football player. He played college football at Penn State and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. His research fields include numerical linear algebra, graph theory, and data science/machine learning. He is currently a PhD student and mathematics professor at MIT.

I listened to this talk on Voronoi fields, football and machine learning at the National Museum of Mathematics while I worked on this print.

John Urschel and Louisa Thomas have recently published Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football. I really enjoyed listening to this interview with them about the book.

MMV #4 Chelsea Walton

Chelsea Walton: Non Commutative Algebra

Mathematicians Made Visible #4 is Chelsea Walton, an American mathematician who specializes in Non-Commutative Algebra. She was educated in Detroit public schools, and loved counting, patterns, and puzzles from a young age. In her advice to students of mathematics, she recommends cultivating a network of supportive mentors, colleagues, and friends as essential to combating discouragement. She was named a Sloan fellow in 2017, and was the first woman awarded the André Lichnerowicz Prize in Poisson geometry in 2018. She currently researches and teaches at Rice University.

While I was working on this print, I listened to this lecture on Non-Commutative Algebra. I can’t claim to have understood everything, but I still found it very interesting and informative!

June 19, 20 OPEN STUDIO

Open Studio Weekend at Long River Gallery

Saturday and Sunday, June 19th and 20th

On Open Studio Weekend, Vermont Crafts Council members open their studios or galleries to the public. Come to Long River Gallery, meet some of our artists and see them demonstrate their techniques. Make it a day of great food and great art, visit us after a nice brunch at Piecemeal Pies, lunch or dinner at TrailbreakTuckerboxThyme, or Elixir. Stroll around town and check our new neighbors, Kishka Gallery & Library at 83 Gates Street and Tourist, at 89 South Main Street.

when – Saturday June 19th from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday June 20th from 10 AM to 4 PM (masks required)

where – 49 South Main Street | White River Junction, VT

follow the signs from I-89 (Exit 11), I-91 (Exit 7), or the intersection or VT Routes 4 (from Quechee) and 5

what –

  • Artist demonstrations (see lineup below)
  • Sales on some items
  • Sweets for the Sweet, free caramels with each purchase over $10, until supplies run out
  • Free gift wrapping on request

Betsy Derrick, Interactive Pastels Demonstration, Sat 10-1 

Painter Betsy Derrick will do an interactive demonstration, sharing information, demonstrating different techniques and material for the pastel medium, and letting visitors use materials themselves.  This will include soft, hard, and oil pastels, also different surfaces and tools.

Sharin Luti, Beadwork Demonstration, Sat 2-5

Artist Sharin Luti will demonstrate two beadwork techniques. Peyote Stitch is an off-loom bead weaving technique from ancient Egypt and indigenous communities that Sharin uses for bracelets and necklaces. Netting Stitch creates a very loose, flexible beaded fabric, which she uses to create beaded scarves.

Tracy Gillespie, Block Printing Demonstration, Sun 11-2

Block printing is a very accessible medium: beginners and experts, artists and non-artists alike can find satisfaction in it because the prints can be both very controlled yet also contain spontaneous quirks that add to their beauty. In this demonstration Tracy will show the entire process: print design, carving the block, printing, and coloring with watercolors.