Artist-in-Residence program



Fermilab is America’s national laboratory dedicated to particle physics research. To initiate and stimulate communication and interactions among scientists, artists and the public, the laboratory has created an artist-in-residence program and Guest Composer program.

The Fermilab artist-in-residence will interact with scientists at the laboratory, learn about their research, and see how it connects to society. This information will then be used to create a body of work, leading to presentations to the community and possibly an exhibition of the artwork at Fermilab. The virtual residency begins January 1, 2024 ending in December 2024.


Fermilab Virtual Artist-in-Residence Program and Guest Composer Program for January-December 2024 will open in June 2023.

Frequently asked questions






Virtual Presentations


Moving from Data Visualization to Data-Driven Art

How can we embrace the objective experience of scientific inquiry and the subjective experience of art? In this talk, Mare Hirsch PhD, will discuss her approach to navigating the challenges and opportunities of creating data-driven art and highlight the way science and art share some similarities.

August 2022

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Suzie Shrubb and Elena Gramellini

April 2022

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Virtual Gallery Talk – What’s Mare Hirsch up to?

October 2021

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Virtual Gallery Talk – When Art and Science Collide – Lindsay Olson- Fermilab Artist-in-Residence 2014-15

Lindsay’s artistic practice grows out of an intense curiosity about the ways our society is supported by science and technology. She uses her training to create art about the hidden realities of our world. As Fermilab’s first artist-in-residence, she worked with scientists’, members of the operations crew, and numerous staff throughout the lab to learn the basics of high energy physics.

March 2021

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Virtual Gallery Talk – Finding the Significant in the Insignificant: Jim Jenkins artist-in-residence 2017

Connecting the dots of three visions of time with a careful study of how science, technology, art and mathematics, utilize aspects of human creativity to advance a specific timeline in space.

February 2021

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Neutrino Music: A Composer’s Journey with Guest Composer David Ibbett Ph.D.

David Ibbett has been composing and performing works remotely to celebrate the ongoing research of Fermilab. Together with Bonnie Fleming of MicroBooNE, the composer will discuss his inspirations and techniques for translating neutrino science into sound through a variety of sonification methods.

The evening will culminate with the world premiere of the latest installment of Neutrino Music from soprano soloist Beth Sterling, together with a selection of pieces from Octave of Light: their debut album of exoplanet music released this November.

December 2020

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Artists as translators: Expressing immense ideas on a human scale – Chris Klapper & Patrick Gallagher AIR 2020

A discussion of their work and the creative process of translating complex subjects such as infinity, scale and time.

October 2020

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