Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Brown Symposium


Thursday February 26

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 3D Printers Demonstrations in Walzel Lobby
9 – 9:30 a.m. Opening Statements by President Ed Burger and Professor Mary Visser
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Where Am I Going and What Am I Doing? — Bruce Beasley, a world-renowned monumental modernist sculptor whose work has been collected by more than 35 museums world wide, has produced computer-assisted sculptures of which their fine art legitimacy few dare question. Beasley’s international stature and sensitive investigations into the visual and emotional qualities of geometric form place him in the league of major modern masters like Henry Moore, Brancusi, Chillida, and  David Smith. Beasley’s presentation will be on his recent research into 3D printing large-scale sculptures.
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Spark! Creation of a 3D Printing Company — Lisa H. Crump M.S. is the founder of Cairn Ventures, a company that invests in early stage, high-growth potential companies in the Midwest. She is a co-founder of Stratasys, Inc., a high tech manufacturer of 3D printers used for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing. Stratasys products are used in the medical, electronic, consumer products, education and aerospace industries to shorten the time to bring new products to market. Crump has served as Board Chair of MedModeler, LLC, a company that uses 3D printing with medical imaging modalities to enhance surgical outcomes. She has also served as a director, investor and adviser to multiple companies and organizations, and has been active in supporting community-based non-profits with a focus on engaging youth in the sciences and women entrepreneurs building scalable businesses. 
noon – 1:10 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends — Anthony Atala M.D., Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. Dr. Atala is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. He will speak about the state of bio printing in growing new human cells, tissues and organs. Dr. Atala has bio printed bladders and successfully used the recipients’ cells to grow their own bladders; thus, doing away with the need for repressing the immune system.
2:40 – 3:10 p.m. Break and Book Signing (books will be for sale at 8:30 a.m.)
3:15 – 4:20 p.m. 3D Printing: A Bridge to Unlimited Creativity — Professor Olaf Diegel of Lund University in Sweden, known for taking on challenges and printing impossible “things” from items used in health care to musical instruments. When asked why, he says, “One day, we could see people starting to get involved in the design of their own products so that the products suit their needs or personalities better.” Diegel is both an educator and a practitioner of green object design with an excellent research record of developing innovative solutions to engineering problems. 
4:20 – 4:30 p.m. Professor Michael Cooper: Preview of Brown Symposium 2017
4:30 – 6 p.m. Reception for “The Third International Digital Sculpture Art Exhibition: What Things May Come” — Co-Curators Mary Visser and Christian Lavigne. See more than 30 sculptural works from around the world. Gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. Exhibition runs February 4 – March 4, 2015. 

Friday February 27

8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 3D Printers and Scanner Demonstrations in Walzel Lobby 
9 – 9:50 a.m. Robert Michael Smith: In Search of the Lost Coord – Professor Robert Michael Smith of the New York Institute of Technology is a sculptor, 3D digital artist, and a professor of sculpture, 3D computer visualization/animation and philosophy of aesthetics at NYIT.  Smith is also a member of the Board of Directors for the New York chapter of SIGGRAPH, and president of The Sculptors Guild.  Smith will discuss his transition from making traditional sculpture to creating living sculptures by bio-printing sculptural forms using his body’s own cells.
9:50 – 10:30 a.m. What is Computer Sculpture? Its Mythological and Real Foundations — Christian Lavigne of Paris is the Director and President of Ars Mathematica. He co-founded Ars Mathematica with Alexandre Vitkine for the purpose of promoting digital sculpture worldwide. For more than 30 years he has used computers, NC devices and RP machines to create sculptural forms. He is internationally known as a pioneer in digital sculpture, and coined the words Robosculpture (1988) and Cybersculpture (1995). Lavigne’s sculptural works have appeared in exhibitions  in Europe, North America, China, Australia, New Zealand and West Africa.
10:35 – 10:50 a.m. 15 minute Break
10:50 to 11:50 a.m. The Creative Mind: Six Pioneers from Around the World in Sculpture and 3D Printing — Professor Mary Visser. Artists from around the world: James Hutchinson, Mary Neubauer, Andrew Werby, Corinne Whitaker, and Alvin Sher discuss how 3D printing has impacted their creativity and artwork.
11:55 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. The Future of 3D Printing in the Fine Arts and Sciences: Panel Discussion — Bruce Beasley, Robert Michael Smith, Lisa H. Crump, Olaf Diegel, Christian Lavigne and Mary Visser discuss the issues that arise from this new technology and the future implications for artists, laymen, and scientists in 3D printing.

During Brown Symposium XXXVII, there will be demonstrations of how this process works with on-site 3D printers, scanning systems and workshops.