Selected Arts/Sciences Quote


“Those who are in love with practice without knowledge are like the sailor who gets into a ship without rudder or compass and who never can be certain whether he is going. Practice must always be founded on sound theory, and to this Perspective is the guide and gateway; and without this nothing can be done well in the matter of drawing.”

Leonardo daVinci


“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious—the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

Albert Einstein


“Einstein’s space is no closer to reality than van Gogh’s sky.   The glory of science is not in a truth more absolute than the truth of Bach or Tolstoy, but in the act of creation itself.”

“The scientist’s discoveries impose his own order on chaos as the composer or the painter his; an order that always refers to limited aspects of reality, and is always based on the observer’s frame of reference, which differs from period to period as a Rembrandt nude differs from a nude by Manet.”

Arthur Koestler


“It has only to do with the respect with which we regard one another, the dignity of men, our love of culture. It has to do with: Are we good painters, good sculptors, great poets? I mean all the things we really venerate in our country and are patriotic about. It has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to make it worth defending.”

Robert R. Wilson, Ph.D., Founding Director, FermiLab (justifying multimillion dollar Lab construction expenditures to the Congressional Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, 1969.


“For 3.8 billion years, life has lived in a bath of solar radiance. The Sun’s illumination outlines which objects are appealing, bland, or repellant. Its powers of desiccation, blistering, bleaching, and revelation govern a balance between beauty and danger. Its flood of photons shapes light-harvesters (“eyes”), pigments, and surfaces—stretching planetary aesthetics to include “invisible light” (ultraviolet, infrared, polarized). From euglena to Matisse, all creatures dwell in a variety of luminance locales—dramas of biospheric brightness, color mixes, and rebellions against darkness (such as fireflies and luminescent fish). The most recent rebellion has been human-devised lamps that impact everything from the artistic-military complex (camouflage, mimicry) to the materials, techniques, and display of paintings, electronic imaging, and growing plants.”

Peter Warshall


“There shall be love between the poet and the man of demonstrable science. In the beauty of poems are the tuft and final applause of science.”

Walt Whitman


 SARC Related Quotes


“We are at a transition point where we are questioning our disciplinary habits and looking for ways to integrate findings from numerous fields of knowledge.   One possible solution is to encourage the fusion of the scientific and artistic imagination in education, civil society, and scientific institutions.  By encouraging significant collaborations between scientists and artists, science becomes rooted in and more responsive to the new and emerging cultures that are actively developing new ways to reach out to the public.  This will ultimately help insure that our institutions reflect our interdependence.”

Andrea Polli, Ph.D., Mesa Del Sol Chair of Digital Media, Assoc. Prof., Fine Arts and Engineering, UNM Center for the Arts.   Creative Director, ISEA2012


“Artists have a different skill set and training than scientists, and in particular, use their abilities to present complex ideas in a way that can be understood.  We all live in a visually sophisticated society, and are familiar with visual language and metaphor, but these have not fully made their way into the scientific enterprise.  Our culture is aesthetically sophisticated.  Scientists share in this common culture, and we think that this collaboration of artists with LANL scientists should lead to innovative presentation of scientific research of national significance, and may lead the scientists to regard their work in ways not before considered.”

Laura Monroe, Ph.D., Mathematician, LANL Production Visualization Project Leader in DoE’s Advanced Simulation and Computer program, and Team Leader of the Special Projects Team in LANL’s High Performance Computing division.


“Cross-disciplinary collaboration is essential to 21st century science, engineering, and biomedicine, and is deeply integrated into the fabric of supercomputing at UNM.  SARC will continue CARC’s tradition of collaboration at the nexus of art, science, and technology.  We believe that the greatest insights and advances will result from unexpected encounters among creative researchers who are willing to take the leap and reach beyond the strict confines of their fields.”

Susan R. Atlas, Ph.D., Physicist, Director of the UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC), and a theoretical scientist leading research groups in nano-science and computational cancer biology.


“A portion of my research is focused on developing and testing immersive virtual reality interfaces to complex datasets and simulations.  The use of virtual reality (VR) technology provides an opportunity, for the first time in the history of computation, to immerse scientists, with all of their naturally evolved human perception and reasoning, directly into multi-dimensional multimodal representations of their software and data.   I believe that many new representations will blossom through the collaboration between art and science, allowing us to reach many new levels of comprehension.

Thomas Preston Caudell, Ph.D., Prof., Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Dept. of Computer Science and Dept. of Psychology, UNM


“I’m interested in developing new modes of inquiry that bridge art and science in order to go beyond what we can already “see” and “know” through the training and technologies we possess.  Working across disciplines with researchers in the sciences, I can develop research with hybrid outcomes that contribute new knowledge as well as public-facing experiences that bring complex science to general audiences.”

Ruth West, Strategist at the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts at the University of California San Diego.   SARC artist and advisor.


“The arts and the sciences are each other’s best friends; two sides of the same coin; a primary currency in the 21st century.   They offer a convergent path to an eco-understanding of our world and our place therein.   SARC is an onramp to that path forward, here to spark our imaginations, and to challenge our creative spirit and resolve.    In north-central New Mexico, the convergent arts and sciences can be cornerstones of our economic and cultural future.”

Richard Lowenberg, ASL-SARC Program Director