Biomimicry Challenge For Artists

Biomimicry Challenge For Artists


If you are an Arizona artist who is interested in bringing nature’s genius to your project work and innovation strategies then you must apply for this opportunity.  You will have the opportunity to work with scientists in any field that will advance your practice. We will pair you up! Is your artwork inspired by nature/life sciences? Then this artist residency may be right for you! You will work with Cyndi Coon of Laboratory5 Inc. As the City of Tempe S.T.E.A.M consultant and residency lead,  she will guide you and push you, in your practice to create new, innovative works during this 10 week residency.


Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts Tempe, Arizona 

Summer Artist Residency: Biomimicry Challenge

Deadline:  Jan. 20, 2017 | 5 p.m. | Free Application

What is Biomimicry? 
Biomimicry is an exciting field that seeks to emulate nature to create sustainable solutions to human problems. Today, it is used by professionals such as scientists, engineers, architects, designers and business people to create things like new and/or improved products, manufacturing processes and design standards. Well known examples of biomimicry include Velcro (inspired by plant burr hooks) and solar cells (inspired by photosynthesizing plants). For more information about biomimicry, go to

The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust is collaborating with the Biomimicry Center and LeRoy Erying Center for Solid State Science at Arizona State University to coordinate a summer 2017 exhibition that explores biomimicry solutions and nature-inspired contemporary art.

About the Artist Residency
Arizona-based visual artists may apply for use of one of three studio spaces inside the Gallery for ten weeks (May 19-July 28) during the exhibition. Artists will be selected by a jury panel. Selected artists will be eligible for a stipend.

About the Challenge:
We are challenging artists to think beyond creating work that is inspired by nature. We are looking for proposals that “emulate nature to solve human challenges.” During the residency, artists will work in the Gallery studio to create a new single artwork, a series of artworks and/or a site specific installation. Visitors will be able to watch the progression of artworks throughout the summer.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Please read the residency description
  2. Please read the residency guidelines
  3. Complete the application form. Instructions for submission are located on the form.

For more information/questions, contact Michelle Dock, Gallery at TCA Coordinator, (480) 350-2867 or



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This weekend at the Desert Botanical Garden you will find more then just a few prickly pears.  The garden will be filled with thousands of hand-lit luminaria bags, for its annual Las Noches de las Luminarias every weekend until the end of December. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the beauty of the desert, and be inspired by the lights that fill its night sky. Come after 5pm to see the bag lit walkways and enjoy a southwestern style meal.

Event Info

Las Noches de Las Luminarias

1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008

November 28-29, December 5-6, 12-13, 19-23, 26-30

5:30 – 9:30 p.m

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What is STEAM

It started with STEM . . . A great place to begin growth.

STEM is an acronym for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS. The term is used as an education policy and a curriculum option for educators and policy makers. 

We added STEAM . . . which we use to propel the other other areas of education.

STEAM is an acronym for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART AND MATHEMATICS. The initiative began so that the arts and design would be included in STEM education.

The founder of this initiative is Georgette Yakman. The idea of adding the arts to the STEM acronym, allows for a formal way to link the subjects together and correspond them to the global socioeconomic world. Yakman’s defining sentence is: “Science and Technology, interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in elements of Mathematics”

At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy, geeky qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

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Full STEAM Ahead

I represented the creative or the “A” in STEAM at the APGA 2013 Conference: Garden Evolution held in Phoenix. With my education colleagues from the Desert Botanical Garden. APGA is the American Public Garden Association. We presented to a packed house on how to use STEM in a garden education program and more specifically how to add the Arts right in the middle to create a more well rounded offing to students during tours. We avoid the typical power point and instead I created ‘slides’ to serve as a set design for us to speak in front. This allowed the focus to be on our words and the images from nature and industrial, recycled bits and pieces as inspiration only; not more words of information on the screen. The talk was very successful with a lot of interest nationally. Here are the slide images with the full power point downloadable at the bottom.

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Click here for the PowerPoint: Full STEAM Ahead You are welcome to use it I only ask that you credit Laboratory5 Inc.


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Dear Fall,

Dear Fall,

We Arizonians would like to ask that you join us. We are ready for feeling brisk winds, crisp leave and all that other Fall-like stuff. Please join us and deliver us from these 100 degree days.

Well at least we can buy fall from the garden store!

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T-Shirt Yarn Kits – Getting Noticed

I had to post a link to Mary Lou and Whimsy Too, who wrote a sweet piece about my t-shirt yarn instruction kit. Mary Lou, I want to see your necklace posted on the Flickr Group: T-Shirt Yarn – get to it! Happy Crafting.

Here is the necklace she is referring to in the post, made by the kit publisher, Carrie Bloomston of Suchity Such for the show.

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Spring Garden

I can’t let these beautiful Spring days pass without sharing how glorious my desert landscape garden is. I know the crazy summer heat is soon to come so I want to fully enjoy the days we have right now. This will also be the last year that we will have the fabulous bluebell wildflowers in the front yard because the short one is allergic and this is the third year in a row that she has been “kicked” of her mountain due to the allergy. So they will be killed off this season and we’ll have to choose a different wildflower next year.

Front yard wildflowers

Front yard wildflowers with purple fountain grass

Front yard wildflowers

Front yard wildflowers with yuccas

Blooming cactus (I took this 2 days ago - now they are each with a bloom!)

Back yard blooms

Back yard patio - where I pretend I am going to lay and read!