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Stephen Nowlin is an American curator/artist whose practice superimposes art and science and is associated with the national ArtScience movement. He is a Vice President at Art Center College of Design and founding director of the college's Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery.


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Education and ArtScience

Stephen Nowlin was born in Glendale, California, to professional musicians Ray and Roberta Nowlin. 1966 to 1969: lived in Berkeley, attended California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC); experimented at Mills College Tape Music Center. 1968: left CCAC, worked for Ladd & Kelsey Architects,Pasadena; helped build a model of California Institute of the Arts (Calarts).

1969-70: worked in the Astro-Electronics Lab at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), drafting computer circuits for the Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories; participated in Caltech's E.A.T. (Experiments in Art & Technology) program, working with filmmaker and computer animation pioneer John Whitney. 1970: made the 3-minute film NNON, using early motion-graphics programming developed at Caltech. 1970/71: attended Calarts to finish undergraduate degree. 1972-76 worked as laboratory technician, University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine; pursued studio art practice and experimentation.

1976: married Anne (Hathaway) Nowlin. 1978: received MFA degree from Art Center College of Design and joined the college's faculty. 1979: organized, with Fine Art Chair Laurence Dreiband, a survey of paintings by pop-artist Wayne Theibaud. 1979-80: pursued studio practice, exhibited at various Los Angeles venues including Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA), and Topo Swope Gallery. 1979: son Thomas born. 1989: daughter Elizabeth born. 1991: daughter Rebecca born.

1980 to the early 1990s: curated over forty exhibitions including the first exhibition of work by 1930s-era photographer Horace Bristol; exhibitions of photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark, art directors Josef Muller-Brockmann and Helmut Krone; group exhibitions with Leo Castelli Gallery and John Berggruen Gallery; and solo exhibitions with David Hockney, Duane Michaels, Donald Judd, and Robert Venturi; curated solo exhibitions of recent work by James Rosenquist, Judy Pfaff, Sol LeWitt and Robert Morris; managed and designed the installation of large-scale sculptural works by David Smith, Alexander Calder, Donald Judd, Anthony Caro, Mark di Suvero, Richard Serra and Bruce Nauman. 1990 - 1992: collaborated with architect Frederick Fisher and Partners, on Fisher's design for the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery on Art Center's campus.

Curatorial: ArtScience

  • Digital Mediations (co-curated with Erkki Huhtamo, 1995);
  • Jim Campbell (1997);
  • Sara Roberts (1998);
  • Charles and Ray Eames' Mathematica (2000);
  • Jennifer Steinkamp, STIFFS (2000);
  • Telematic Connections: The Virtual Embrace (traveling exhibition hosted at Williamson Gallery, 2000);
  • Russell Crotty: The Universe from My Backyard (2001);
  • Paul De Marinis (2001);
  • Christian Moeller (2001);
  • Situated Realities: Works from the Silicon Elsewhere (traveling exhibition hosted at Williamson Gallery, 2002);
  • GHz: The Post-Analog Object in L.A. (co-curated with John David O'Brien, 2002);
  • Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution (traveling exhibition hosted at Williamson Gallery, 2003);
  • NEURO (collaboration with the Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering, a Caltech NSF-funded lab exploring sensory systems in machines and biological organisms, 2003);
  • Lita Albuquerque (site-specific installation at Caltech campus, 2004);
  • Michael McMillen (site-specific installation at Caltech campus, 2004);
  • EAR(th) (with Steve Roden/AnnMarie Thomas, 2004);
  • Michael Naimark (2005);
  • AxS: At the Intersection of Art & Science (co-curated with Jay Belloli);
  • In the Dermisphere (2007);
  • OBSERVE (collaboration with Caltech's Spitzer Science Center and NASA-JPL Spitzer Space Telescope, 2008);
  • TOOLS (co-curated with John David O'Brien, 2009);
  • ENERGY (2010);
  • Things That Float (online exhibit for NASA Images, 2010);
  • Hyperbolic: Reefs, Rubbish, and Reason (Institute for Figuring traveling exhibition curated by Margaret/Christine Wertheim hosted at Williamson Gallery, 2011);
  • WORLDS (2011);
  • The History of Space Photography (traveling exhibition curated by Jay Belloli, hosted at Williamson Gallery, 2012);
  • PAGES (co-curated with John David O'Brien, 2012);
  • Intimate Science (traveling exhibition curated by Andrea Grover, hosted at Williamson Gallery, 2013)
  • Co-organizer with Pasadena Arts Council, AxS: Pasadena Festival of Art and Science (2011, 2014)
  • Recognition

  • Muchnic, Suzanne, "Under the Microscope," ARTnews Magazine, cover story.
  • Nowlin Essay, "Art Meets Science! Get Over It . . .", STEAM Journal
  • Article on Stephen Nowlin ENERGY exhibition, The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts.
  • Guest Showcase, NASA Images
  • Nowlin Essay, Why is Science Important?
  • Article on "Art, Science, Engineering, Unite," Caltech News
  • Article, "Art and Science Collide at Pasadena Gallery," L.A. Times
  • Honoree, 2009.
  • Honoree, 2004.
  • Article, on Stephen Nowlin's Jim Campbell exhibition, L.A.Times.
  • References

    Stephen Nowlin Wikipedia

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