UCLA Art|Sci Center 2022
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Will Be Open To The Public (By Appointment) After The UAW Strike Is Resolved



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UCLA CNSI Art Sci Gallery
570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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UCLA Art Sci Center presents Alison Hiltner and her installation, Tethers.


This is the first iteration of a collaboration with Dr. Paul Iaizzo, the director of education in the Lillehei Heart Institute and the Visible Heart® laboratory, and Dr. Brenda Ogle, an associate professor in the Stem Cell Institute in the Department of Bioengineering. Together they learn how sculpture can inform cardiac device creation and how cardiology research can inform biologically inspired art.

Following a “Heart and Art” panel in November, 2018, Alison has made a number of temporary installations in the Target Studio and discussed her partnership with the Visible Heart and the System Regeneration laboratories on May 1, 2019. As part of the event, Alison invited artists to interact with the first prototypes generated from her experiences at both laboratories. The installation was an initial attempt at creating a touchable, physical interface for the heartbeat. The evening included performances choreographed by Chris Schlichting that offered another layer of how our actions are both spontaneous and learned. Participating dancers included Mirabai Miller, Tori Cassagranda, Marggie Ogas, Julia Bither, Hettie Stern, Rachel Clark, Nicole Stumpf, Laura Selle Virtucio, Marisol Herling, Shui Xian, and Emilia Bruno.

Alison Hiltner is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

About The Artist

Alison Hiltner's visual arts practice explores how science fiction cinema influences our current understanding of scientific research and how that knowledge filter affects technological advancement. This examination takes the form of multimedia installation and interactive display. Hiltner has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions; some of her recent credits include shows at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Telemark Art Center in Skien, Norway, the Weisman Art Museum, and 16 Tech in Indianapolis. She has received numerous Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, three MRAC/McKnight Foundation Next Step Grants, the Jerome Foundation Fellowship in 2011/12, an Artists on the Verge Northern Lights/Jerome Foundation fellowship in 2013/14, a 2018/19 McKnight Fellow in visual arts, and an artist in residence at the University of Minnesota’s School of Medicine through an experimental program at the Weisman Art Museum. Most recently, Hiltner received the 2021/22 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and has a solo exhibition at UCLA Art | Sci Center in Los Angeles.
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