SECCA to Present Talk @ SECCA: Art and Science Featuring Artist Pina Yoldas and Dr. Anthony Atala


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 16, 2018)—The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is presenting a Talk@SECCA entitled “Art and Science” with 12X12: 12 Artists from the 12th State artist Pinar Yoldas, PhD and Anthony Atala, MD, Director of the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine. The Art and Science talk will be a moderated discussion about the relationship between the arts and sciences. It will take place on Sunday, Mar. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium at SECCA, which is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem. The talk will be followed by a reception.

Pinar Yoldas, PhD is an interdisciplinary designer/artist/researcher currently working as an Assistant Professor at University of California, San Diego. Her work develops within biological sciences and digital technologies through architectural installations, kinetic sculpture, sound, video, and drawing with a focus on post-humanism, eco-nihilism, Anthropocene, and feminist technoscience. Her solo shows include The Warm, the Cool and the Cat at Roda Sten Konsthall (2016), Polyteknikum Museum Moscow (2015), An Ecosystem of Excess, Ernst Schering Project Space among many. Her group shows include ThingWorld, NAMOC National Art Museum of Beijing (2014); Transmediale Festival, Berlin (2014), ExoEvolution at ZKM (2015),14th Istanbul Biennial (2015) ,Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts(2016). She holds a Ph.D. from Duke University where she was affiliated with Duke Institute of Brain Sciences and Media Arts and Sciences. She holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Middle East Technical University, a Master of Arts from Bilgi University, a Master of Science from Istanbul Technical University and a Master of Fine Arts from University of California, Los Angeles where she worked at the Art|Sci Center and the UCLA Game lab. Her book An Ecosystem of Excess was published by ArgoBooks in 2014. Pinar is a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in the Fine Arts and a 2016 FEAT Future Emerging Arts and Technologies Award recipient. She holds a bronze medal in organic chemistry in the National Science Olympics and had her first solo painting exhibition when she was five.

Anthony Atala, MD is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W. Boyce Professor and Chair of Urology at Wake Forest University. Dr. Atala is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. His work focuses on growing human cells, tissues, and organs. Dr. Atala works with several journals and serves in various roles, including Editor-in-Chief of: Stem Cells-Translational Medicine, Current Stem Cell Research and Therapy, Therapeutic Advances in Urology, and BioPrinting. Dr. Atala is a recipient of awards, including the US Congress funded Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, bestowed on a living American who is currently working on a discovery that will significantly affect society, the World Technology Award in Health and Medicine, the Samuel D. Gross Prize in Surgical Research, the Innovation Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Rocovich Gold Medal, and the Edison Science/Medical Award for work in 3D Bioprinting. In 2011, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2014 was inducted to the National Academy of Inventors as a Charter Fellow.

12X12: 12 Artists from the 12th State, on display through April 22, presents North Carolina artists who were selected by jury to participate in the12X12 pop-up artist salon series at SECCA during 2016–2017. The artists in the series represent a diversity of artistic practices and cultural backgrounds. The artists are Elizabeth Alexander, Endia Beal, Martha Clippinger, Bill Fick, Mijoo Kim, Beverly McIver, Katy Mixon, Kirsten Stolle, Bob Trotman, Hong-An Truong, Lee Walton, and Pinar Yoldas.

With a history of excellence and leadership in identifying and exhibiting artists of the Southeast, and of presenting their work alongside national and international artists, SECCA gives national exposure and recognition to artists in the region and continues its mission to support the arts in its home state and reflect the mission of its home city of Winston-Salem, N.C. – The City of Arts and Innovation. 12X12 is an arts initiative sponsored by the Flow Foundation.

About SECCA – The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum boldly giving artists of the region a platform for visibility while connecting local communities with the international world of contemporary art. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours, please visit secca.org. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

 About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit ncdcr.gov.





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