Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Brown Symposium


Anthony Atala M.D.

Dr. Anthony Atala M.D. (Feb 26th only) the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. Dr. Atala is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine and will speak on Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends.

Bruce Beasley

Bruce Beasley is a world-renowned monumental modernist sculptor and producer of computer assisted sculptures. His international stature, his sensitive investigations into the visual and emotional qualities of geometric form, place Beasley firmly in the legacy of major modern masters like Henry Moore, Brancusi, Chillida, and David Smith. Mr. Beasley's presentation will be on his recent research into 3D Printing and Sculpture: Where am I going and What am I doing. Mr. Beasley will speak about the creative mind and how 3D printing set it free.

Lisa H. Crump

Ms. Lisa H. Crump M.S. former CEO of Stratasys Inc., and co-founder of Cairn Ventures, a company that invests predominately in early stage, high-growth potential companies in the Midwest. Ms. Crump will speak on The invention and development of Fused Deposition Modeling (Material Extrusion) and Stratasys Inc.

Prof. Olaf Diegel

Prof. Olaf Diegel of Lund University in Sweden, Professor Diegel is both an educator and a practitioner of green object design with an excellent research record of developing innovative solutions to engineering problems. The title of his talk is 3D Printing: a Bridge to Unlimited Creativity.

Robert Michael Smith

Prof. Robert Michael Smith of NYIT, is a sculptor, 3D digital artist, professor of sculpture, 3D computer visualization/animation and philosophy of aesthetics at New York Institute of Technology. Smith is also a member of the Board of Directors for the SIGGRAPH/NYC chapter and President of The Sculptors Guild. Robert Michael Smith’s title of his presentation is In Search of the Lost Coord. He will speak about the transition from making traditional sculpture to creating living sculptures.

Prof. Mary Visser

Prof. Mary Visser, Holder of the Herman Brown Chair teaches sculpture and 3D modeling at Southwestern University. Her artwork has appeared in more than 130 exhibitions around the world including the touring e-Form Cybersculpture exhibition for the 2008 Olympic events in China. Visser received her M.F.A. in sculpture from The Ohio State University and is Vice President of Ars Mathmatica an international organization devoted to promoting cybersculpture. She will speak on Creativity and the Sculptural Pioneers in 3D printing processes.

Christian Lavigne

Mr. Christian Lavigne of Paris France is the Director and President of Ars Mathematica. For more than 30 years he has used computers, NC devices and RP machines to create his sculptures. He is internationally well known as a pioneer in digital sculpture. His sculptural works have appeared in Europe, North America, China, Australia, New Zealand, and West Africa. Mr. Christian Lavigne is co-curator of the exhibition and will present the topic: What is Computer Sculpture, its Virtual and Real Foundations?

International Digital Sculpture exhibition—coordinated by Mary Visser, Herman Brown Chair and Professor of Art at Southwestern University, and Christian Lavigne, President of ARS Mathematica of Paris—Fine Arts Gallery, Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University, Feb. 4–March 5, 2015. Reception: Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m.