founder, artist, dad
Ben is a painter and video artist. A student of Maya Angelou (BA, Wake Forest) and Vera Klement (MFA, University of Chicago) Ben is best known for his large scale paintings and twenty-four hour video projections called Revolutions. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally and positively reviewed in Artforum and elsewhere. Career highlights include an invitation by the Countess of Cawdor to be Cawdor artist in residence, a 2006 video installation on Times Square, an invitation from The English Heritage Foundation to create 'Revolution Stonehenge' (four days and nights with the great stones!) and a commission by Arthur Zeckendorf to create two iconic paintings for 15 Central Park West. More about Ben's art here.
aquanaut, artist, mom
Nicole is a veteran astronaut with 104 days living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the ISS. Among her many accomplishments she was the 10th woman to perform a spacewalk, the first to fly the robotic arm to capture the free flying HTV cargo vehicle, the last crew member to fly to and from the ISS on the Space Shuttle, a crew member for the final flight of Discovery AND she is a NASA Aquanaut holding the Women's World Record for saturation diving following her 18 day mission on the NEEMO9 crew of the Aquarius undersea habitat! And as if all that wasn't enough Nicole is also an accomplished artist and managed to convince NASA to allow her to bring her paints to the space station where she made the first painting off of planet earth! More about Nicole here
ex Air Force, cool dude
Dan is a researcher assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University. He is a climate scientist with diverse research interests including: climate impacts and extremes, detection and attribution of recent climatic and deep time paleoclimatology. Prior to Northwestern, Dan spent four years as a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford, earned his PhD in geological sciences at the University of Michigan, and obtained bachelors degrees in atmospheric science and physics from Texas A&M and Tulane University respectively. Between undergrad. and grad. stints he served five years in the US Air Force as a weather officer and operational meteorologist.
Dan is particularly interested in developing new curriculum pieces at the intersection of art and science.