November 2022

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Blumenfeld is elected as a Full Member of the Scientific Research Honor Society, Sigma Xi, in recognition of her artistic practice’s contribution to science. She was nominated for membership by two scientists who named two of her published works, Astromaterials 3D and Tracing Luminaries, as justification for her election.

September 2022

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Island Press will host a signing and publication release event with Erika Blumenfeld for her Tracing Luminaries portfolio print edition, created over the last year and a half in collaboration with Island Press. The event will take place on September 16, 2022, from 4-6 pm CT at Island Press in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts in St. Louis, MO.

August 2022

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Blumenfeld gives a talk on August 30, 2022, as part of Project PHaEDRA’s “Behind the Scenes” Summer Series, hosted by the Wolbach Library at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Blumenfeld discussed her soon-to-be-released Tracing Luminaries print edition in collaboration with Island Press, and the hand-marked notations made by Harvard’s Women Computers in their work with the Harvard Astronomical Photographic Glass Plate Collection.

April 2022

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Blumenfeld and her team are awarded the 2021 NASA Johnson Space Center Director’s Innovation Award for the Astromaterials 3D project, awarded “For inspiring scientific discovery with innovative integration of 3D imagery to create NASA’s space rocks for public and scientific engagement.” (Award given at 00:31:16 in the JSC Honor Awards Virtual Ceremony)

March 2022

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Blumenfeld and her team launch new samples and features on Astromaterials 3D, including 20 new Moon rocks and meteorites, a new section called NASA Pins highlighting regions of interest on each rock, and the much-anticipated public release of the high-resolution 3D model files.

January 2022

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For this live-streamed event, “Ecologies of Meaning in Art, Science, & Technology Collaborations,” transdisciplinary artist Erika Blumenfeld (2000 Creative Capital Awardee) moderated a conversation with transmedia artist Stephanie Dinkins (2019 Creative Capital Awardee), environmental artist Xavier Cortada (2022 Creative Capital Awardee), and Mónica Bello, head curator at Arts at CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics). Each shares brief presentations about their respective work across art, science, and technology, and discusses the perceived boundaries, entanglements, and kinships of these fields, considering the contributions artists can make in collaboration with the sciences.

October 2021

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Blumenfeld gives her talk, Elemental Empathy: Deep Listening Across Deep Time, at the 4th Designing for Empathy Summit, held online from October 27-29, 2021. The inaugural Summit in 2018 was hosted by His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India, which became the seed for the annual event to foster compassion and universal ethics and expand our understanding of the role of empathy as a pathway to care, compassion, and love. (Blumenfeld’s talk begins at the 02:33:00 mark in this conference session)