Involution: A Science & Art Collaborative Exhibit

The STC Library Art Gallery investigates art and science in a new ceramics and mixed-media exhibit.
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 The art exhibit “Involution: A Science & Art Collaboration” currently encompasses both floors of the STC’s library at its Pecan Campus featuring the work of ceramicist and Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford, Dr. Hideo Mabuchi (above) as well as artwork and scientific explorations by STC faculty, students, and the general public. Dr. Mabuchi will discuss his artistic practice and the science behind his ceramics on Tuesday, May 4 at 3 p.m.  

South Texas College Library Art Gallery continues its monthly spring semester series, “Parallels,” which highlights the connections between seemingly unconnected disciplines. “Involution: A Science & Art Collaboration” encompasses both floors of the library with ceramicist and Stanford Professor of Applied Physics, Dr. Hideo Mabuchi on the second floor, as well as artwork and scientific explorations by STC Faculty, Students, and the general public. The exhibit will be on view through July 30th at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd, Bldg. F in McAllen, Texas.

On Tuesday, May 4th at 3 PM, Dr. Hideo Mabuchi will discuss his artistic practice and the science behind his ceramics. STC Science and Art Department Faculty presentations will follow by Dr. Ravindra Nandigam, STC Physics & Engineering Chair; Chris Leonard, M.F.A., STC Art & Ceramics Instructor; Dr. Enriqueta Cortez, STC Chemistry Chair; and Dr. Maria Cervantes, STC Biology Chair. The event will be live and is free and open to the public with registration.

Hideo Mabuchi earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University. Mabuchi teaches and conducts research as a Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University where he has developed courses that integrate art and science. Mabuchi has previously been named MacArthur Fellow in recognition of the creativity of his scientific work.

About his work, Mabuchi says, “My vessels’ surfaces show a range of hues representative of wood firing without applied glazes, which are produced by intricate microscopic behaviors of iron, oxygen, and silicon as clay cools in the kiln at the end of a firing.  With our eyes, we see flashes of color but with microscopes, we may glimpse dramatic histories of crystallization.  With increasing magnification, we find landscapes within landscapes.

Hideo Mabuchi

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students in understanding art and its role in culture, supporting academic curriculum, and inspiring continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information contact Gina Otvos at, (956) 872-3488 or visit

To view Hideo’s art talk, watch here:

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