Science2Art benefits STEAM education in Kansas City.


Science2Art is a platform for regional scientists to display and describe their research through the visual arts. Each of these remarkable pieces tells a personal research story and poetically captures the fieldwork performed by the scientists and their teams. These images were submitted by scientists from Columbia, Missouri, to Manhattan, Kansas. All proceeds from the Science2Art auction will be donated to STEAM education in KC.

*Bidding will be open until September 30 at 6:00 PM CST.* 

Current Bid: $300
A Little Universe

Marco Ponce, Kansas State University

Floating in black frame

You are witnessing what could be the spores of hope — Aspergillus flavus. The research performed to obtain this image is used to find new alternatives for pest management on crops. Specifically, this image came from the research of microbes to investigate how insects respond, whether it be to attract or repel them from the crops.

Current Bid: $280
Branching Structures

Tahmineh Azizi, Kansas State University

Floating in wood frame

This image depicts a fractal, a geometric figure which often exhibit similar patterns at increasingly smaller scales, a property called self-similarity, expanding symmetry, or unfolding symmetry. Fractals occur in a wide range of biological applications, including the lungs, an excellent example of a natural fractal organ or, as seen in this image of cabbage leaves.

Current Bid: $300
Bursts of Bacteria

Suman Chaudhary, Kansas City University

Floating in white frame

This is a top view image of anaerobic bacterial colonies, which grow in the absence of oxygen, are found in the human intestinal track and can cause colorectal cancer. The goal of this research is to find a cure for colorectal cancer.

Current Bid: $55
Changing T1DEs

Megan Rodrigues, University of Kansas Medical Center & Children's Mercy

Painted on canvas w/ 3D elements

This piece represents a continuous glucose monitor. The blue origami boats, which are the logo of the Rising T1DE Alliance, represent patients, as well as the blood glucose levels which are kept in the target “green range”. The gold dots at the top depict the insulin doses delivered by an insulin pump to control the glucose levels in the bloodstream.

Current Bid: $275
Crossroads for a Cell

Pamela Johnson, University of Kansas

Floating in black frame

This image is a scanning electron micrograph of fibers created through a process called electrospinning, a technique to stretch fibers within an electric field. The fibers shown here are approximately 100 times smaller than a human hair and were developed to be implanted in the body to instruct local cells to regrow tissue that would otherwise turn into scar tissue. The porous surface is particularly important to instruct cells to build structural proteins needed for cartilage-like tissue, such as the tissue found in the knee meniscus.

Current Bid: $250
Crystal Field

Pete Deardorff, MRIGlobal

Floating in wood frame

This image shows the reaction of chemical compounds of an active pharmaceutical ingredient for Phase I clinical trials used to study cancer in humans. The drug used in this specific study is being tested for potential use in cancer prevention in someone who is predisposed to cancer. Synthetic chemistry takes significant effort to reach the purity levels required for human consumption and the purity is shown in this image of crystals.

Current Bid: $350
Crystaline Composition

Rene Martin, University of Kansas

White frame

This image depicts a cleared and stained fish specimen of the genus Peristedion (Sea Robins). Clearing and staining of biological specimens includes using an enzyme to eat away at tissue, and then using two different dyes to stain bone red and cartilage blue. This method allows for the visualization of bones and is useful for answering a variety of scientific questions regarding the morphology and evolution of structures.

Current Bid: $300
Marvelous Muscles

Hannah Dammann, Kansas State University

Black frame

This image shows the human myopalladin protein expressed in adult fruit fly muscle tissue. The purpose of this research is to see if it is possible for this human protein to be expressed in fruit fly muscle tissue and eventually be used to study the effects of mutations.

Current Bid: $300

Timothy Cox, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Floating in black frame

This image shows a cell’s energy production facility, the mitochondria (yellow), surrounding the DNA (blue) in the nucleus of the cell. The mitochondria trail off to the side and together resemble the trailing light as a comet passes through the night sky. A ‘wind’ filter has been applied to the yellow mitochondria to enhance the appearance of movement.

Current Bid: $300
Petri Populations

Josephine Chandler, University of Kansas

Floating in wood frame

These bacterial colonies are from a mixed culture of two types of bacteria in a 3-day evolution experiment. The experiment included “cooperators”, which are bacteria that produce an enzyme that breaks down food for the entire population, and “cheaters”, which exploit the enzyme-digested food without making enzymes of their own. This research is focused on understanding how the populations change over time and what factors contribute to a cooperating population vs. a population overrun by cheaters that might eventually collapse. The bacteria are Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a human pathogen that causes wound infections and other types of infections.

Current Bid: $225
Pyramids in the Desert

Mark Jackson, Kansas State University

White frame

Triangles on the surface of a natural diamond look very much like pyramids in the desert. This optical image was generated to study the science of wear, friction and lubrication of an unstained surface of natural diamond.

Current Bid: $300
Restoring the Code

Nathan Price, University of Missouri

Floating in white frame

The image depicts a DNA-DNA interstrand crosslink, its recognition by repair enzymes, and the eventual restoration to undamaged DNA. The study of the formation and repair of specific types of DNA damage is important, as DNA interstrand crosslinks are very harmful to cells and the source of this damage is very common. Thousands of these crosslink precursors can be found daily in every cell.

Current Bid: $225
The Brain in a Nutshell

Jessie Ng, Children's Mercy

White frame

The brain is soft and fragile and is protected inside the skull similiar to nuts in a nutshell. So, when someone calls you nutty please respond “Thank you!”

This image indicates a normal structure of four identical cerebella, which is the part of the brain responsible for motor control. The section from the cerebellum shows the importance of the structure and how brain function is enhanced by hematoxylin which stains DNA in the nucleus of every cell in the granule neuron layer blue. The brown stain is the myelin basic protein which protects the nerve fibers.

Current Bid: $300
The Subjugating Contender

Margaret Brommelsiek, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Each work 10 x 12 ​
Floating with white border in white frame

This image depicts the progression and migration of COVID-19 and its attachment to humans, starting with an abstracted pattern of DNA, and ultimately ending, as a blazing red sphere. This image is one of a series of images from the COVID Chronicles, a collection of artist books illustrating the artist’s personal journey of change over the past year, from isolation and social interactions, to disrupted political beliefs, to a shattered faith in humankind.