History

2014-10-24

Theresa Liao (Community Relations Director) and Shelley McIvor (Operations Director) met at a local science communication retreat. During a “blue sky” session, they realized they both have passion for sharing science through creative ways. They started Curiosity Collider, to provide the public with a unique avenue for connection with science concepts.  As founding members, Theresa and Shelley have extensive science backgrounds, but saw a need to expand beyond laboratories and lecture halls.

2015-04-15

Their first event, “Creating Curiosity,” featured artist Char Hoyt.  That successful event led to Char joining the board as the Creative Director.  With a Creative Director in place, Curiosity Collider could truly incorporate art with science, creating distinctive exhibitions and events.  The “Creating Curiosity” event evolved into a successful arts and science speaker series, Collider Cafe.

2015-06-23

On this day, the Curiosity Collider Art-Science Foundation is officially born!

2015-11-13

In the fall of 2015 we hosted our first art exhibition called Spark: Emerging Collisions Between Art and Science at VIVO Media Arts.  It was a one-night-only group exhibition featuring 15 artists and 18 installations.  We fostered two successful collaborations, and received excellent feedback on the event.

2017-09-22

In 2016, artist Larissa Blokhuis spoke at Collider Cafe, and in 2017, she joined the board as Exhibitions Director.  Char moved from the board to become the Managing Creative Director.