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Two artists from the Abstract Artist group are among the 10 finalists selected in the Strem Science and Art contest.  The contest is sponsored by Strem Chemicals, based in Newburyport and is run by the Newburyport Art Association.

The contest is unusual for the exceptionally strong connection that is maintained between science and art throughout the process.  Chemists from Strem are involved in the judging, along with arts professionals.  With the standard set for science as well as art, is it a surprise that both abstract artists in the finalists have strong science backgrounds?

Barbara London was originally a pre-medicine major, studying Zoology before deciding to pursue art.  Her work often involves organic forms with clear references to microscope images, organelles, and biological microstructures.  Many artists work with organic forms, but Barbara’s Biology experience allows her to capture and abstract the relationships between biological forms and to hint at the instances where “form follows function”.   You can see a few examples of her work on her profile page, here (with links to her website).

Dr. Regina Valluzzi is an accomplished Materials Scientist and Polymer Physicist.  Many of her drawings and paintings contain subtle allusions to the forces and interactions important to her technical field (no nerdy pun intended).  Sometimes clear references and depictions of structures and phenomena from her years of research also diffuse into her painting.  Examples of Dr. Valluzzi’s work can also be found on the AAGNE site.  Click for her profile page, here (with links to her website).

The other finalists reflect a wide range of artistic media and expression, promising an interesting contest and possible exhibition.  The prize includes a cash award, and an image featured on the Strem catalogue and in their corporate marketing materials.  Strem is well-known to chemists in the NorthEast and throughout the US for their incredibly precise and complex organometallic catalysts, as well as for other varieties of big sexy molecules.

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