Resident Artist Research Project

The Bell Museum Resident Artist Research Project (RARP) offers artists an exclusive opportunity to engage with University researchers and scientific collections while exploring the application of art as a medium for interpreting science in the public realm.

2015/2016 Research Project Artists

Sam Easterson 

Sam EastersonSam Easterson is an award-winning media artist who got his start using remotely activated cameras to help people better understand the natural world. He has spent the past decade collecting wildlife imagery for museum, web and television exhibitions that allow public audiences to experience empathetic new perspectives on the lives of animals and plants. Past venues include the Whitney Museum of American Art (Biennial), the Sundance Channel , documents (13), the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS), the Walker Art Center, and Animal Planet, among hundreds of others. Sam is a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, and the University of Minnesota.

Diane Willow

Diane WillowDiane Willow is a multi-modal artist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota. Working at the nexus of art, technology, architecture and science, Diane experiments with hybrid media to explore the poetic dynamics of nature, technology and community. "By any medium necessary" best describes Diane's process. Focused on art as experience, her public installations, interactive environments and evocative objects involve media as eclectic as bioluminescent plankton, embedded computers, found sound, and time-lapsed video. Diane's work explores the subtle ways that we express empathy in the world around us, and how our process of developing and transforming our sense of place is influenced by our contemporary views of nature, technology and community.

Sreekishen (Sree) Nair 

Sree NairSreekishen (Sree) Nair is a visual artist whose privilege is to share beautiful things that uplift the spirit by delighting the senses. To this end, Sree employs a wide variety of materials and techniques, and tailors these to create an aesthetic engagement that a he hopes is as enriching as it is enjoyable. Being inspired by the elegance of different biological forms, Sree is completely committed to the fusion of the arts and sciences, and the rich possibilities that such a mixture yields. Sree is excited to work with the staff at the Bell Museum to celebrate this fusion, by exploring the beauty of natural science with the methodology of artistic craft.

Carl Flink 

Carl FlinkCarl Flink is the Artistic Director of Black Label Movement, a Twin Cities-based dance theater dedicated to creating wildly physical, naturally virtuosic, intellectually and emotionally engaging art and exploring unique and unexpected collaborations beyond dance. He is also the University of Minnesota's Jette Sween Professor of Dance. Carl is a two-time McKnight Choreography Fellow and the creator of four TED Talk presentations, including A Modest Proposal: Dance v. PowerPoint, which is listed as one of the top 100 TEDx Talks on


2015/2016 Showcase Artists

Miranda Brandon

Impact 195Miranda Brandon was born and raised in Oklahoma, moved to Minneapolis in 1999 to study photography and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and has recently completed her Master of Fine Arts work at the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on the entangled relations and shared spaces between human and non-human species, specifically birds, in her two most recent bodies of work. Her love for birds grew out of time spent volunteering in the avian nursery at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, where she helped care of sick, injured and orphaned birds. Later, volunteering for Audubon Minnesota monitoring for bird fatalities due to window collisions, she began her project "Impact" to highlight the consequences of how spaces are constructed. Miranda continues to volunteer for Audubon Minnesota and also for The Raptor Center, rehabilitating flight strength in raptors prior to release, and has been collaborating with Audubon Minnesota on the Vikings stadium issue.

Alyssa Baguss 

Alyssa BagussAlyssa Baguss attended the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and drawing. Baguss's work has been exhibited in the Twin Cities and regionally, most recently as a part of the exhibition read only at Augsburg College Christensen Center Art Gallery, the 2014 Minnesota Biennial at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Untitled 10 at SooVAC, and featured in the 2013 Artist Designed Mini-golf course at the Walker Art Center. In addition to being a studio artist, Alyssa has worked as a teaching artist and artist in residence at educational and art institutions across Minnesota. Presently, she coordinates a wide variety of arts programming at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MN for all ages, levels of artistic ability and interest in the natural world.

RARP is made possible thanks to generous support provided by the McKnight Foundation.

The McKnight Foundation

Past artists

Through the Diorama Glass
Spring 2014
Installations by Andy DuCett

Borrowed Sound, Borrowed Ears
Winter 2014
Installation by Minneapolis Art on Wheels

Winter 2014
Installation by Minneapolis Art on Wheels

No Man is an Island
Spring 2013
Paper cut and mixed media installation by Sonja Peterson

Spring 2013
Poem by Laurie Allmann

Anticipating Rhythm
Spring 2013
Video by Laurie Allmann, available online