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Fulcrum Arts and the Williamson Gallery present a LASER Talk in conjunction with the AxS Festival and the MOONS exhibition. LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is an international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded by Leonardo, a nonprofit organization that serves the global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and thinkers, which focus on interdisciplinary work, creative output and innovation. The AxS LASER event will feature a sound performance by artist and musician Steve Roden; Cynthia Hunt on treasures in the Carnegie Archive; Lia Halloran on her astronomy series; Dan Lewis on the art/science of ornithology; and Peter Callopy on treasures in the Caltech Archive.

Lia Halloran is a Los Angeles artist whose paintings and cyanotypes explore the history, epistemology, and social dimensions of science and astronomy. Halloran received her BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. She is currently working on a book with physicist Kip Thorne about the Warped Side of the Universe with Thorne's poetry and her paintings. In 2016 Halloran was awarded an Art Works Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for the project Your Body is a Space that Sees. Halloran is Assistant Professor of Art and Director of the Painting and Drawing Department at Chapman University in Orange, CA, where she teaches painting as well as courses that explore the intersection of art and science.

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