Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Brown Symposium


Thursday February 26

8:00am-4:30pm3D Printers demonstrations in the Caldwell Lobby
9:00-9:30amOpening Statements by Dr. Ed Burger and Professor Mary Visser
9:30 – 10:30Where am I going and What am I doing? --- Bruce Beasley world-renowned monumental modernist sculptor whose work has been collected by over 35 museums world wide has produced computer assisted sculptures whose fine art legitimacy few dare question. His international stature, his sensitive investigations into the visual and emotional qualities of geometric form, place Mr. Beasley firmly in the legacy of major modern masters like Henry Moore, Brancusi, Chillida, and  David Smith. Mr. Beasley's presentation will be on his recent research into 3D Printing Large scale Sculpture.
10:30 to 10:45Break
10:45 – 11:45Spark!....Creation of a 3D Printing Company ----- Ms. Lisa H. Crump M.S. is the founder of Cairn Ventures, a company that invests predominately in early stage, high-growth potential companies in the Midwest. She is a co-founder of Stratasys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SSYS), 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. She served as Board Chair of MedModeler, LLC, a spin-off for utilization of 3D printing with medical imaging modalities to enhance surgical outcomes. Lisa has served as a director, investor and advisor to multiple area companies and organizations. She has been active over many years in supporting community-based non-profits with a focus on engaging youth in the sciences and women entrepreneurs building scalable businesses. She holds BA and MS degrees.
12:00-1:10Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:30Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends. --- Dr. Anthony Atala M.D. the 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 and 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 cells of the recipients’ to grow their own bladders, thus, doing away with the need for repressing the immune system.
2:40 – 3:10Break and Book signing in the lobby; all books will be for sale at 8:30 am
3:15 to 4:203D Printing: A Bridge to Unlimited Creativity ---- Prof. Olaf Diegel of Lund University in Sweden is known for taking on challenges and printing impossible “things” from 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. Professor 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 to 4:30Michael Cooper: Preview of Brown Symposium 2017
4:30 to 6:00pmReception for “The Third International Digital Sculpture Art Exhibition: What Things May Come” Mary Visser and Christian Lavigne are the co-curators with more than 30 works from around the world by sculptors. The dates for the exhibition will be February 4th – March 4th, 2015. Opening reception and gallery talk at 4:30 pm

Friday February 27

8:003D Printers and scanner demonstrations in the Caldwell Lobby until 2:00pm. Sarofim School of Fine Arts Alma Thomas Theatre
9:00 – 9:50Robert Michael Smith: Insearch of Lost Coord… --- Prof. Robert Michael Smith of NYIT, is a sculptor, 3D digital artist, professor of sculpture, 3D computer visualization/animation and philosophy of aesthetics at New York Institute of Technology.  Smith is also a member of the Board of Directors for the SIGGRAPH/NYC chapter and President of The Sculptors Guild.  Robert 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 – 10:30Christian Lavigne: What is Computer Sculpture, its Mythological and Real Foundations? --- Mr. Christian Lavigne of Paris France 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. He coined the words Robosculpture (1988) and Cybersculpture (1995). His sculptural works have appeared in exhibitions held in Europe, North America, China, Australia, New Zealand, and West Africa.
10:00 to 11:45“The Creative Mind: 6 Pioneers from around the world in Sculpture and 3D Printing.” -- Prof. Mary Visser Artists from around the World discuss how 3D printing has impacted their creativity and artwork.  James Hutchinson from England, Mary Neubauer from Arizona State University, Andrew Werby from California, Corrine Whitaker, Alvin Sher from New York.
11:45 to 12:45The 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 the Brown Symposium we will have demonstrations of how this process works with 3D printers, scanning systems and workshops on site.