ASU music students see success in top national chamber music competitions

May 2, 2017

Six School of Music students in Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts are finding success by coming together as the Eos Sextet.

The group was selected to compete in the semi-finals in the M-Prize Senior Winds Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, both top chamber music competitions in the world, according to Heather Landes, director of the ASU School of Music. Earlier this year the group won the MTNA National Chamber Music Wind Competition and was awarded first prize in the ENKOR Chamber Music Competition, Category B. Eos Sextet Eos Sextet Download Full Image

“Being exposed to the high level of musicianship that our competitors brought to the table each round inspired us to raise our own expectations for Eos,” said Andrew Lammly, a second-year graduate student in the group, about one of the group’s recent competitions.

In addition to Lammly, the Eos Sextet includes junior music education major Grace Chen, second-year graduate students Curren Myers and Fangyi Niu, and third-year doctoral students Sam Detweiler and Justin Rollefson.

"Throughout this process, I have learned a lot about the characteristics one needs to be a member of a happily functioning ensemble,” Chen said. “One of my favorite characteristics of our group is our ability to be extremely flexible and receptive to any adjustments suggested by any member of the group. We all work together collectively to make improvements based on the different things we each hear, and our different musical backgrounds and experiences give us a wide range of musical input. Our rehearsals are a lot more fun and effective than any other ensembles I’ve been in because everyone contributes.”

Other group members agree that working together is one of the keys to success, and Lammly encourages students who are interested in competing to record rehearsals and listen together as often as possible.

Rollefson said it’s also important to put in work outside of the ensemble.

"In order to be successful in national chamber competitions, you must be willing to put in a lot of hours rehearsing with one another as well as many hours preparing your individual part so that when the ensemble meets they can focus on making musical choices together as opposed to an individual struggling with their own part,” he said.

The group also credits its success to their coach, Christopher Creviston, associate professor of saxophone in the School of Music.

Chen called Creviston a “tremendous teacher and musical guide for this ensemble” and said he was crucial to the group’s development.

"Dr. Creviston gave us critical feedback that we needed in order to perform the music with excellence,” Detweiler said. “He coached us through our musical ideas and he helped us shape and reshape our group sound to be the best it could be."

While Eos enjoys its success, the members of the group said they gain much more than awards by participating in competitions and playing with the each other.

“There is something to be relished about being engrossed in the exact same musical moment as someone else and feeling the synergy of communication between six different voices,” Lammly said. “It is in this way that I learned more about myself as a chamber musician and how I can better communicate with my musical partners. I have never been in a chamber ensemble that musically communicates as well as Eos.” 

Sarah A. McCarty

Communications and marketing coordinator, School and Film, Dance and Theatre, Herberger Institute


Communication grad thrives in downtown Phoenix vibe

May 1, 2017

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement. See more graduates here.

ASU graduating senior Stephanie Carmen Krebs, a communication major in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, said she recently had an experience that left her feeling extremely close to her education. ASU communication graduate Stephanie Carmen Krebs enjoyed the vibrant Downtown Phoenix campus Internships in the fashion industry in New York City helped communication major Stephanie Carmen Krebs realize that the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus is where she wanted to be. Download Full Image

“I was in the middle seat on an airplane with two strangers next to me during a flight home to Phoenix from Los Angeles,” explained Krebs. “The captain alerted the flight attendants to prepare for takeoff, and the airplane began to accelerate. Suddenly, as we were near flight, I felt a tight grip on my hand. 

“It was the hand of the elderly Indian woman sitting in the window seat, and I quickly made eye contact with her, partially in shock,” Krebs continued. “As I learned in communication, specifically in semiotics, when people cross our personal boundaries, confusion ensues. However, when I made eye contact, she immediately communicated exactly how she was feeling. 

“She was terrified and unable to speak English, I realized,” said Krebs, a seasoned flyer whose father was a pilot. “Without telling me or asking me, I knew we would hold hands for a while. I was more than content to hold her hand, until the all-too-familiar ding, indicating that we had reached 10,000 feet, and she released me.” 

Krebs and her new friend were silent the rest of the flight, but Carmen helped the woman communicate and get water from the flight attendant.

“Then, with no confusion, she took my hand again as we began our descent,” said Krebs. “We landed safely and when the cabin lights turned on and we were exiting the plane, she took me by the shoulders and gave me the biggest embrace, smile, and a kiss on the cheek. 

“This made my degree feel so important and real,” she reflected. “Outside the confines of a classroom or a textbook, all we can hope for is a way to communicate well, especially with those who don't speak our language.”

Krebs, who also has earned a minor in media analysis in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, answered some questions about her ASU experience.

Question: What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you wanted to study what you’re studying?

Answer: When I started at ASU I was in W. P. Carey as a business communication major on Tempe campus. However, after my first two years I realized I was missing something: I had spent two summers taking internships in New York City in the fashion industry and found I loved being in a vibrant downtown community. When I returned from the second internship, I decided to tailor my ASU experience to what I had enjoyed about the city. I switched to the Downtown Phoenix campus and a communication major in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. My first day of class with 20 students, studying under Professor Jackie Martinez, I realized I was finally excited about my education and in an environment that suited me!

Q: What’s something you learned while studying at ASU that surprised you, that changed your perspective?

A:  I took a class with Dr. Heather Curry on Language, Culture and Communication that really shifted my prospective on homelessness. In light of the current political climate, Dr. Curry made the focus of our class borders. We examined personal and public borders that are in place regarding homelessness. All opinions and experiences were considered and students spoke openly. Together we were able to unpack the idea of homelessness and, for some, reorient ourselves to it.

Q:  Did you have any favorite campus or other spots where you liked to study or spend time?

A:  The Downtown Phoenix campus is my favorite place to study and spend time with friends. I have been fortunate to cultivate a community of students and friends downtown that keep me busy with concerts, lectures, and coffee. We love to work on homework at the bevy of local coffee shops. It really is an excellent campus for nightlife and activities!

Q:  What are your plans after graduation?

A:  I am traveling right out of college. I’ll be spending time in my mother’s homeland of Peru and then will be onto various other countries in South America. I will be looking for a job in the arts.

Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem on our planet, what would you tackle?

A: I would tackle the fashion industry. Not many people realize that fast fashion is the second- dirtiest industry in the world, next to big oil. It not only seriously cripples third-world countries with mountains of unwanted clothes being shipped to them from larger, more developed nations, but the sweatshops have horrible safety regulations and low wages. We need to critically evaluate the rate at which we consume clothing and the prices we want to pay for it. It is not the companies that are being undercut on price and taking the hit, it is people working for nothing to make the clothing people would rather pay $10 for than $30.

Maureen Roen

Editorial and communication coordinator, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts


ASU Herberger Institute showcase provides platform for big ideas

Mike Curb Student IDEA Showcase gives students 2 minutes to pitch their ideas

April 29, 2017

The Office of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts announces its second annual Herberger Institute Mike Curb Student IDEA Showcase (Innovation in Design, Entertainment and Arts). Initiated as a forum for students to highlight their most creative and innovative ideas, the showcase gives each entrant two minutes — just 120 seconds — to share their story of creativity and innovation. 

This event will feature more than 20 current Herberger Institute students pitching to a panel of community leaders, which includes Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate Roots and keynote speaker at the Fifth Biennial Pave Symposium the next day, as well as Julie Akerly, founder of Mesa-based [nueBOX] and a Pave Venture Incubator alum. Each of the Herberger Institute’s five schools will be represented at the event. First place will be awarded $500, and the audience choice winner will receive a $250 prize. Last year's IDEA Showcase Audience Choice Award winner, Marieke Davis, is flanked by Herberger Institute Dean Steven J. Tepper and Linda Essig, director of the Herberger Institute Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs. Last year's IDEA Showcase Audience Choice Award winner, Marieke Davis, is flanked by Herberger Institute Dean Steven J. Tepper and Linda Essig, director of the Herberger Institute Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs. Download Full Image

Read about one of last year's showcase winners. 

Join the Herberger Institute for this evening of networking, snacks and the lightning-fast sharing of Herberger Institute student ideas.

Herberger Institute Mike Curb Student IDEA Showcase

5-7 p.m. May 4 
Tempe Center Annex
699 S. Mill Ave., Ste. 108
Tempe, Arizona 

The showcase is free and open to the public. 

For more information or to RSVP, contact Nyomi Gruber at




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April 27, 2017

'Science Exposed' event at Biodesign Institute pairs scientists and artists to explore research; watch it here

An Arizona State University semesterlong fusion experiment that paired artists from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts with scientists from the Biodesign Institute culminated in a one-night-only performance of “Science Exposed: Bringing Science to Life through the Arts.”

Video by Ken Fagan/ASU Now

The evening kicked off with a chamber musical alchemy from two compositions by graduate students Zachary Bush and Stephen Mitton, as they interpreted the daily struggles of Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers and the scientists searching for a cure.

With neuroscientists Paul Coleman and Diego Mastroeni serving as personal guides to visits to brain banks and research labs, Bush’s “Cycles” explored the research cycle, where according to Bush “months or years of methodical effort to try and prove a hypothesis” all too often result in setbacks. “However,” he said, “the experiments eventually are complete and the triumph of discovery prevails” — but for only a short time, when scientists must confront the next challenge and start the whole process once again. Listen to it below.

Mitton’s “Stages” captured “the daily struggles of Alzheimer’s sufferers and their caregivers as the disease progresses through various stages over time.” Mitton’s evocative work focused on the emotional and physical toll on all affected, with a 12-note theme, representing the personality of an Alzheimer’s victim, undergoing subtle variations over the course of the performance and ending on a bittersweet note. Listen to it below.

Next, Herberger Professor Liz Lerman’s “Animating Research” project combined contemporary movement, dance and theater into a multimedia, immersive extravaganza. A dozen artists were paired with molecular virologists, evolutionary biologists and engineers to create expressive pieces that utilized and fully explored the Biodesign building space for both the audience and performers. 

Lerman, a choreographer and MacArthur Fellow, led the group to create a dance collaboration, engaging tools of movement, performance and media with her students in her semesterlong “Animating Research” class. The expressive pieces evoked the science behind X-ray lasers and protein molecules, the role of cancer cells and our bodies, the spread of viruses throughout our ecosystem, the accumulation and environmental damage caused by microplastics, and using the leading cause of food poisoning, salmonella, as a “warrior” in the fight against cancer. Everything from classical ballet and modern hip-hop to interpretive dance and multimedia performance art installations were used in a creative expression to explain and engage the science.

The energy level and audience engagement steadily rose, and the evening culminated in an audience participatory dance, with groups acting out the roles of molecules to create an early diagnostic for cancer.

Written by Joe Caspermeyer/Biodesign Institute


Top photo: An "atom" dances around the circle as it goes through a "red laser" during the "Science Exposed" performance at the Biodesign Institute on Wednesday. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

Between Japanese and Chinese, award-winning ASU professor highlights cultural intersection

April 26, 2017

Studying the culture of any country can occupy someone’s interest for years. At Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures, award-winning Professor Will Hedberg remains captivated by two.

“My focus is the literature and culture of early-modern Japan,” Hedberg explained, “But I also have a background in Chinese studies, so my primary focus is the Japanese translation of Chinese language fiction and drama.” Will Hedberg Professor Will Hedberg has always been captivated by Asian languages, mastering forms of both Chinese and Japanese. Download Full Image

That may sound like a lot, but Hedberg identifies a lot of overlap between the two languages and enjoys exploring cultural interpretation. He focuses on the period between 1600 and 1900 when more texts and ideas were flowing from China to Japan.

“It leads to interesting new ways of thinking about language, of thinking about tribulation, thinking about international relations,” Hedberg said.

Hedberg wanted to studied Chinese since he was in high school and received his bachelor’s degree in the language. He became interested in Japanese later on and was immediately fascinated by the connections between the languages.

He credits his initial interest in Chinese to his grandmother, who taught philosophy at the University of New Mexico, with a special focus on Chinese philosophy. Hedberg still has some of her books in his office.

He is now fluent in Chinese and Japanese, as well as the classical versions of both languages, as “they’ve changed a lot of 2000 years.” He can even read Chinese written in Japanese.

“I got accepted to the east Asia program at Harvard where I was very lucky in my first year to not only have a very supportive advisor on the Chinese side but also to meet faculty who very much encouraged my interest in Japanese studies as well,” Hedberg said. “ I’ve done research in Japan, Taiwan, spent time studying, taking classes, researching.”

At the School of International Letters and Cultures, although he is part of the Japanese department, Hedberg has found an environment that favors collaboration across disciplines. This year, his research earned support from the Institute for Advance Study, a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and support from the Social Science Research Council.

“Looking down the road, there’s a lot of interest in transborder studies here at ASU, which I think ties into my own research,” Hedberg said. “I’m looking at the flow of texts and ideas across geographic borders, cultural borders, linguistic borders.”

Gabriel Sandler

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Q&A: How interior design and visions of hope intertwine in 'The Violence of Truth'

April 24, 2017

Herberger professor discusses inspiration behind exhibition at ASU Art Museum

Jose Bernardi, who spends much of his time researching contemporary design in Latin America, writes on the relationship between design and ideas in cultural settings. It’s no huge surprise, then, that for his latest project, he ventured into the adjacent field of contemporary Latin American art.

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Bernardi, an associate professor in The Design School at ASU and the program coordinator of the Interior Design program and the Master of Interior Architecture program, is the latest participant in ASU Art Museum’s Encounter series, where artists and scholars reimagine and recontextualize the museum’s collection to address larger issues related to the current social and culture climate in Arizona and the world at large.

Individuals who participate in the series work closely with a curator at the museum to select pieces to exhibit in ASU Art Museum’s main facility on the Tempe campus. They are also encouraged to create their own work for inclusion in the exhibition.

Here, Bernardi discusses his experience working with the museum’s collection and the intersections between art and design:

Question: How did you come to curate a show at the ASU Art Museum?

Answer: “The Violence of Truth” originated in the summer of 2016 when Julio Morales, curator at the ASU Art Museum, extended an invitation to curate an exhibit as part of the museum’s Encounter series. After initial conversations with Julio, several visits to explore the collection, and interactions with the museum’s professional staff, the theme and narrative slowly began to emerge as a response to the artwork selected, combined with my previous research and creative work. 

I saw this exhibit as a possibility to be part of our reality today and creatively contribute to the discourse by highlighting current topics that affect all of us.

Q: Does this exhibition relate to your research as a designer? How so?

A: My research is focused on modern and contemporary design in Latin America, how it adapted elements from other cultures and how it transformed and innovated those influences in response to particular situations in different areas and complex economic and social realities.

Now, I see this exhibit at the ASU Art Museum as an opportunity to reflect about issues impacting our communities. It is also an exercise in design. The visit is structured in a sequence of four interrelating distinct rooms, reinforcing spatial characteristics already existing in the configuration of the gallery.

Three basic design elements contribute to experiencing a different atmosphere in each room: the use of a few crucial thresholds and walls to transition between spaces, suggesting a distinct character for each area; the use of color on two walls to reinforce the meaning of a particular artwork and its relationship with other pieces; and finally, the use of light and shadows to heighten and differentiate the atmosphere of each room. The southern wall remains empty and silent through the exhibition, except at a critical, culminating moment.

Q: This exhibition is named after a short story by Borges — can you talk a little bit about why you chose the name The Violence of Truth” and what it signifies?

A: The larger topic of the exhibit reflects society’s search for certainty and order during a time in which we seem divided by conflicting and irreconcilable beliefs. The title of the exhibition references Jorge Luis Borges’s 1941 short story The Library of Babel.” In the story, the Library (a metaphor for the universe) is an orderly arranged place, where all knowledge is contained. In search of ultimate meaning, the Library’s inhabitants are divided between unrestrained joys and excruciating sadness; they turn to violence and fight amongst each other, destroying whole sections of the Library. In Borges’ story, the search for truth, instead of a collaborative quest, becomes a violent quarrel.  

Q: What was it like to work with the collection and the curators at the ASU Art Museum?

A: As a researcher and educator this was an enriching learning experience. The museum staff is a cohesive team of experts, focused, professional and friendly. Their technical help, from lighting to mounting the work to organizing the administrative details, made this process very fluid. I am particularly grateful to Julio Morales, who dived in through the storage rooms with me to find the pieces that would be part of the exhibit. His knowledge about the collection was crucial, and I tried to absorb as much as I could. This was really a collaborative work, with a group of individuals who enjoy what they do. Now I can transfer that experience into my design studios and apply it with my own students.

Q: Many of the artworks in this exhibition are from Latin America. Can you talk a little bit about why you focused on that region's artwork?

A: The museum holds a formidable collection from Latin American artists. The work selected here alludes to utopian visions, the daunting routines of every day, like the tensions between conflicting myths, the permanence of memory, and the expectations of moments to come. The exhibition advocates for the potential of critical thinking and the need for dialogue and empathy among opposites. 

The larger room is structured by the central wooden sculpture For Cuba,” an elongated and winding artwork that divides the room in two. The eastern wall offers daunting reflections on violence in its different manifestations, on the opposite side, Refloating of Utopia,” by Francesc Torres, and the larger piece of the exhibit, Eduardo Sarabia’s “City in the Clouds.”

Rufino Tamayo’s Figura en Rojo,” seen from the entrance, illuminates the transitional space leading to third room. This is the central space of the exhibition, charged with powerful contemporary themes, exploring the tension between conflicting ideals and myths. Dominating the narrative of the room, the central wall is painted with a Barragán pink color, full of strong allusions while holding the painting Northward Course of Immigration Makes Its Way.”

The last room evokes the quiet atmosphere of a chapel. It is the most intimate and withdrawn area in the exhibition, imbued with personal memories. Almost in shades, it contains a kneeling, emptied figure in silent dialogue with a vibrant terracotta Tree of Life, a symbol embraced by different cultures and religions through time. This is the only piece on the southern wall of the gallery. Full of energy, joy and hope, it transcends our differences and beliefs. Serenely, beyond our fears and misunderstandings, the Arbol de la Vida” remind us of our common human condition.

Q: Many of your collage works are featured in the exhibition. Have you always made art, and is it part of your design process?

Modeling using different media was part of my education. I continued using fragments, removing parts from its original context, employing them as letters of an alphabet to assemble a different story. Collage with raku is particularly challenging for its weight and fragility, and appropriate for my work, based on multiple iterations of few themes and metaphors. The material I use offers an opportunity to explore joints, connections, color and tectonics; they are all integral parts of designing interior places that exalt human experiences.

Q: What connections do you see between the disciplines of art and design?

A: The whole transformative experience of modernity was propelled by the uneasy relationship between the aesthetics of the avant-garde, revolutionary technological applications and utopian social aspirations. That creative tension and collaboration between design and the arts have been present since then. My research explores that relationship in the work — among others — of Le Corbusier, Luis Barragán or Alejandro Aravena. One of the important characteristics of their theoretical frameworks is the fluid connection between patient research, art and design.

At The Design School, we have the unique opportunity to teach all the disciplines of design, from the larger urban and landscape scale to the intimacy of the room and the human scale. Being part of the Heberger Institute opens multiple opportunities of collaboration between design and the arts. I hope this exhibit is one more example of that potential.

Top photo: Sandow Birk’s “Northward Course of Immigration Makes its Way,” 1999, hangs on a central wall painted with a Barragán pink color. Photo by Craig Smith

Communications Program Coordinator , ASU Art Museum


ASU entrepreneurship students to host Valley arts showcase and networking event

'No Vacancy' will be held Sunday, April 30, at the FOUND:RE Hotel in downtown Phoenix

April 24, 2017

Entrepreneurs within the arts will have the opportunity to engage with Valley artists during the one-night immersive event “No Vacancy.”

Herberger Arts and Design Entrepreneurship Students (HADES) designed the event as part of their work at ASU in entrepreneurial professional development through peer-to-peer mentoring, workshops and interaction. The FOUND:RE Hotel “No Vacancy” will be held Sunday, April 30, at the FOUND:RE Hotel in downtown Phoenix. Photo by The R2 Studio Download Full Image

“We value entrepreneurial thinking within the arts and hope that ‘No Vacancy’ will cultivate lasting relationships and opportunities for collaboration with local artists and members of the community,” said Nichole Perlberg, HADES president and a student studying performance and movement in ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre.

HADES has partnered with local artists and with the FOUND:RE Hotel in downtown Phoenix to produce the event, which offers a unique opportunity to experience art with the artist present.  

The interactive event features local art and artists in the fields of dance, music, spoken word, contemporary fine arts and performance. Artists include Dom Root (Dominique Flagg), H/\rvey (Meghan Harvey), Desert Rain (Rain Locker), YNOT (Anthony DeNaro), CONDER/dance (Carley Conder) and KAYUN (Carol Wong). Each artist has curated his or her own show within the hotel space. Guests will be led on a tour in small groups through a sequence of spaces including a poolside studio, an outdoor pool area featuring performance and live music and three hotel rooms. 

“This will allow the community to experience a more comprehensive creative process that they would not typically find in a museum or art show,” said Emily Ruff, an undergraduate art history student and HADES member. “After touring, we invite guests to stay, ask questions and become acquainted with some of the astounding artistic talent that exists within the metropolitan Phoenix area.”

The hotel will be providing access to a full-service bar and invites guests to experience globally inspired cuisine at their restaurant, Match.

Other sponsors that helped HADES create and produce “No Vacancy” include Blackhawk Wealth Management, Galvinize and Nuebox.

“No Vacancy” will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the FOUND:RE Hotel. Tickets may be purchased online at For more information and biographies of participating artists, visit the “No Vacancy” Facebook and Instagram pages.

The FOUND:RE Hotel is located at 1100 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix with direct access from the light rail. Ridesharing or public transportation is encouraged as parking will be limited. The event is for age 18 and older.

Sarah A. McCarty

Communications and marketing coordinator, School and Film, Dance and Theatre, Herberger Institute


ASU director to give keynote at Society for Science, Literature and the Arts conference

April 21, 2017

Sha Xin Wei, the director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, will give a keynote speech at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA) in November. The school is a transdisciplinary unit at ASU formed between the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering,

“This offers an opportunity to introduce fusion practices transmuting both art and science,” Sha said. Society for Arts, Literature and Science Conference Download Full Image

MacKenzie Wark of The New School in New York will also give a keynote address at the conference.

In addition to Sha being tapped as a keynote speaker, this year Arizona State University will host the SLSA conference.

“For decades, SLSA has been the primary and most congenial home for scholarly collaborations and communication between the sciences, literature and the arts,” Sha said. “Together with its European sibling SLSA-EU, this has become one of the most important networks for transdisciplinarity in the world.”

Adam Nocek, assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, and Ron Broglio, associate professor in the department of English, will serve as site organizers for the conference.

Visit the SLSA website for more information.

Sarah A. McCarty

Communications and marketing coordinator, School and Film, Dance and Theatre, Herberger Institute


Gitta Honegger

April 20, 2017

Gitta Honegger, professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, played an integral role in the world premiere reading of the latest play by Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek.

Jelinek’s new work "On the Royal Road: The Burgher King" looks at the election of President Donald Trump. Honegger translated the play from German into English in time for a reading in New York at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center on March 27. Honegger is Jelinek’s authorized translator into English.  ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre faculty Gitta Honegger Download Full Image

New ASU visualization and prototyping lab to be dedicated in memory of geometric modeling innovator Gerald Farin

Public invited to Friday ceremony at Grant Street Studios in downtown Phoenix

April 20, 2017

When Gerald Farin worked with colleagues to establish the Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling (PRISM) center at Arizona State University, he showed how design and the arts at ASU, as well as other disciplines, could benefit from geometric modeling. This Friday, more than two decades later, a new visualization and prototyping lab at the School of Art’s Grant Street Studios in downtown Phoenix will be dedicated in his memory.

“He was a trusted colleague and legendary teacher who guided a generation of students at ASU from 1987 until his death in 2016,” said Dan Collins, one of the founders of the PRISM lab and a professor of intermedia in the School of Art, part of the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts.  Binded Gypsum 3D print "Michael Just shaved his beard and has been second guessing since," by ASU grad student Andrew Noble. This Binded Gypsum 3-D print, titled "Michael just shaved his beard and has been second-guessing since," was created by graduate art student Andrew Noble using resources from the 3DVP lab. Photo courtesy of the Gerald Farin Lab for 3D Visualization and Prototyping Download Full Image

In addition to founding the PRISM lab with Collins and colleagues Anshuman Razdan and Mark Henderson, Farin was a computer science professor for 29 years in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and considered a visionary.

“He was a brilliant computer scientist, educator and interdisciplinary thinker who was instrumental in establishing research in visualization and prototyping on the ASU campus and fostering an international dialogue around geometric modeling,” Collins said.

Just as the PRISM lab is a center for interdisciplinary research involving 3-D data, modeling, visualization and analysis, the new Gerald Farin Lab for 3D Visualization and Prototyping (3DVP) promises to be a space where researchers, students and collaborators will benefit from its resources.

Thanks to a generous one-time grant from ASU President Michael Crow, the lab will have five systems — four 3-D printers and one small CNC router, which will be on display during Friday evening’s dedication ceremony. The event will also include the unveiling of a new high-resolution, handheld 3-D scanner as well as DIY-type body scanners built with students. Artwork, forensic models from ASU West, medical teaching models from a collaboration with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and more will be on hand at the dedication.

In addition, local engineer Steve Graber is in the process of building a large-scale “deltabot”-type machine for the lab that will be capable of creating a printed object more than 4 feet tall.

The School of Art, Fulton Schools of Engineering and the PRISM lab will dedicate the 3DVP at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Grant Street Studios. The event coincides with Third Fridays, when the university community and the general public are invited to visit galleries, and the lab will be open from 6 until 9 p.m. 

Sarah A. McCarty

Communications and marketing coordinator, School and Film, Dance and Theatre, Herberger Institute