2016 The Science of Consciousness

Art Technology Exhibitions

Loews Ventana Canyon, Tucson

Mon Apr 25;     Wed Apr 27;     Fri  Apr 29

6:30-7:30 PM    6:30-9:30 PM    6:30-9:30 PM


ELLEN K. LEVY - New York

Stealing Attention


Memes and Genes


Migration of Objects


Perspective of Lichen



Special Advisor on Art and Sciences at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Ellen K. Levy was past president of the College Art Association and has had numerous solo exhibitions in the US and abroad. Representation has included Associated American Artists and Michael Steinberg Fine Arts (NYC). Honors include an arts commission from NASA (1985) based on launch of the space shuttle, Atlantis. Ms. Levy teaches a seminar in Creativity & Consciousness at The New School and participated in the Art & Consciousness Workshop directed by Robert Wilson and Marina Abramovic at Watermill. She also has collaborated with neurophysiologist Michael E. Goldberg, Director of the Mahoney Centre for Brain and Behavior at Columbia University. See their video collaboration - Stealing Attention    Animation see: website    Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Ellen K. Levy’s exhibitions include solo exhibitions at the National Academy of Sciences (1985), the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Narodni Museum (Prague), Associated American Artists (NYC), and Michael Steinberg Fine Arts (NYC). Group exhibitions include Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics at the Field Museum, Chicago (2006), Petroliana at the 2nd Moscow Biennale (2007), and Weather Report: Art & Climate Change at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (2007). Her honors include an arts commission from NASA (1985), an AICA award (1995-1996), and a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship of Arts and Sciences at Skidmore College (1999). An invited participant in Watermill’s Art & Consciousness Workshop (2014 and 15), Levy also co-organizes art and science evenings for Leonardo/ISAST. She became Special Advisor on the Arts and Sciences at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) after earning a PhD from Plymouth (UK), and she lectures at The New School. Levy was President of the College Art Association (2004-2006). She received her diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1981) following a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Zoology. See: http://www.complexityart.com


Ph.D. University of Plymouth, UK (2012); thesis topic: the art and neuroscience of attention

Graduate Diploma, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA (1981); partly funded by Mary O.H. Longstrath Scholarship

BA in Zoology, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA; minors in art and philosophy

(Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, course of anatomical dissection with medical students)

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2016 upcoming Some Provocations from Skeptical Inquirers

2013: “Colonizing Plato's Cave: Remembering the Future,” EIDIA House, Brooklyln, NY

2011: “Norms of Behavior,” UCLA Arts: Art | Sci Center

2011: “Stealing Attention 2011,” Art Sci Projects, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, MO

2014: “Un-Natural Nature", on-line, Sci/Art Center. cur. D. Kalamaras, featured in Issues in Science and Technology, 31:2, Winter, 2015, p 80 click to view.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2016 - April - upcoming, Science of Consciousness International Conference, Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Loews Ventana Resort, Tucson AZ

2016 - February upcoming, Baruch College, NYC Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Anomalies and Artifacts,

2015 Chirality, Grey Matters Gallery, Dallas

2014: “Tracking the Cosmos,” Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, SUNY Stonybrook, cur. A. Noble

2012: “Dear Mother Nature,” Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Palz, NY, cur. L. Weintraub

2011: “Neurodiversity,” Museum of Modern Art of Ukraine, Kiev, cur. K.J. Baysa

2011: “Pay Attention,” a performative presentation with M.E. Goldberg for Entertaining Science at the Cornelia Street Caf'e, NYC, org. R. Hoffmann, D. Sulzer

2011: “Artists Against the Drill,” Exit Art, NYC, cur. L. Rosatti

2010: “I Am the Cosmos,” NJ State Museum, Trenton, cur. S. Henry

2010: “Resurrectine,” Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC

Selected Projects:

2009: Research on “Inattention Blindness”

1985: NASA commission for art work based on launch of the space shuttle, Atlantis

1985: Ceiling mural (Palomar) at the National Academy of Sciences