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)

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)

October 2021

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Blumenfeld is included in the newly published book, “Polaroid Now: The History and Future of Polaroid Photography,” curated by Steve Crist. The photobook includes essays by the author as well as Polaroid’s CEO, Oskar Smolokowski, and photographer, educator, and Executive Director of the 20×24 Studio, John Reuter. The book features a stunning collection of work by many esteemed artists who have worked with Polaroid film and is beautifully published by Chronicle Chroma, an imprint of Chronicle Books. 

August 2021

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Project PHaEDRA’s Summer Art Series which is hosted by Wolbach Library at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics welcomes Erika Blumenfeld to discuss Tracing Luminaries, her new print edition with Island Press which focuses on the visual language and mark-making developed by the Harvard Observatory Computers in their research with Harvard’s Astronomical Photographic Glass Plate Collection.

March 2021

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Blumenfeld gives her talk, Consequence of Wonder, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 7 PM ET as part of her current exhibition at the Maier Museum of Art and Randolph College’s annual SciFest. Her talk shares her art practice, research, writing, and projects spanning the last 20 years.

March 2021

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Blumenfeld gives the Spring 2021 Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist Lecture, Monday, March 22, 2021, at 6 PM CT for the Sam Fox School of Art, Washington University. Blumenfeld’s talk, Consequence of Wonder, will share her art practice and projects spanning the last 20 years as well as the new printmaking project she’s been working on as artist-in-residence with Island Press.