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 images 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.

SOLD FOR: $900
Carbon Bubbles

McKenzie Summerfield, MRIGlobal

11 x 16 on Metal

This is a scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of carbon particles used for a materials science application. These particles were used to determine the size and uniformity of each individual particle.

SOLD FOR: $500
Droplets as Continents

Mahsa Yazdani, University of Missouri Kansas City

16 x 22

The artwork, as a post-processed image, displays several droplets covered with water in a way similar to how the continents are separated with water on Earth. This research tests if a non-toxic food-grade surfactant can be used to prevent significant environmental damage as a result of crude oil spills.

SOLD FOR: $1,000
Flight Against White-Nose

Elizabeth Green, University of Missouri

16 x 20

This is an image displaying a bat wing illuminated by ultraviolet light to help identify physical injury caused by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease which damages the wing membranes and is a major contributor to declining bat populations. Studies like this one help us better understand white nose syndrome and its impact on wild bat populations.

SOLD FOR: $470
Glow with the Flow

Sandra Billinger, University of Kansas Medical Center

8 x 24

The image represents real time brain blood flow using Doppler ultrasound in a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Each blue line is a tracing of the blood flow waveform with each heartbeat over 10 minutes. The bright colors of yellow, green and blue show the power spectrum where yellow is high and blue is low. Doppler technology has been used in weather forecasting to represent the strength of storms. Doppler ultrasound is used here to forecast brain health to understand how brain blood flow changes with aging and Alzheimer’s disease.

SOLD FOR: $350
Glowing Microbes

Priscila Guzman, Kansas State University

12 x 12

These fluorescent green blooms are bacterial micro-colonies of the plant pathogen. These are causative agents of crown gall disease which is the formation of tumors. Micro-colonies are used to study microbes.

SOLD FOR: $900
In Vitro Viral Vision in Rose

Carl Gelhaus, MRIGlobal

12 x 16 on Metal

MRIGlobal is testing drugs and vaccines for COVID 19 by adding drugs and the SARS coronavirus 2 to cells to determine which cells are killed by the virus. This is an image of drug formed crystals that protected cells from coronavirus.

SOLD FOR: $290
Inside Morality

Seton Bachle, Kansas State University

12 x 22 on Metal

This is a cross section of a Compass Plant leaf. Biological stains were used to identify specific internal structures of the leaf. Different structures within a leaf can dictate how a leaf functions and responds to changes in temperature and water availability; both of which are important for a plant’s physiology.

SOLD FOR: $350
Lumbar Puncture Pathways

Sierra Davis, Children's Mercy

8 x 22

This image represents the pathways of 429 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) from 14 healthcare organizations as they progress through scheduled lumbar punctures. Each band represents a healthcare organization and the width of the band indicates the number of ALL patients who have lumbar punctures. The image demonstrates that patients have varying paths as they progress through their treatment of care.

SOLD FOR: $350
My Sunshine

Dalton Dacus, Kansas State University

12 x 12

This image shows human skin cells expressing proteins from human papillomavirus (HPV). Two normal-sized cells with red nuclei are in the top corners of this image. HPV promotes cancer partially by dysregulating cell growth, which can be observed in the overgrown cell in the center. The structural protein tubulin, is shown in cyan.

SOLD FOR: $600
Ovary the Rainbow

Yujun Chen, Kansas State University

18 x 20

Fruit flies are tiny insects contributing to biological research for more than one hundred years. This image shows the ovaries from an adult female fruit fly, all cells are stained for DNA (yellow) and nuclear envelope (magenta). Research on the fly ovary has shed light on many aspects of human biology, including cancer, organogenesis, and tissue regeneration.

Current Bid: $370
Painless Microneedles

Kun Cheng, University of Missouri Kansas City

12 x 20

This image shows the structure of a microneedle array from a high-resolution scanning electron microscope. These microneedles are 0.6 mm in length and 0.1 mm in diameter. The microneedles are made from biodegradable materials, which can be dissolved in the skin. Because of the small size, the microneedles can be applied to the skin to deliver vaccines and other drugs without pain and bleeding.

SOLD FOR: $250
Trocar 3

Margaret Brommelsiek, University of Missouri Kansas City

12 x 16

This image is part of a study of how surgeon biomechanics impact proper execution of a surgical instrument, a trocar, used during surgical repair of the female bladder. The image was developed through discussions with a surgeon about their experiences doing this surgery, working on a cadaver, and the embodiment of the research process through touch and smell stirred during these processes.