Art And Science in The Elegant Universe


Art show at the P5 building at CERN in Switzerland

 Dr. Don Lincoln

scientific collaborator

 Georgia Schwender

 Curator Fermilab Art Gallery

More work available upon request

My current project sheds light on the smallest frontier: the subatomic realm of quarks and leptons. I am fascinated by the behavior of nature’s fundamental building blocks that make up all that we see. As the first Artist-in-Residence with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and a member of the group Art@CMS, I use art to invite others with little or no technical background to explore the elegant world of particle physics.

All images by Reidar Hahn for Fermilab

Illuminated Books  

I was inspired to create illuminated, artist’s books that visually express the beauty of high energy physics research.   Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts, ancient, jewel like objects, inspired me to communicate the exciting research being conducted at Fermilab and around the world.   The ancient manuscripts were created as a hand held, personal objects used to transmit the most important information of their day. My books illustrate the connection between high energy particle physics research and the origins of the universe. Quotes from "The Large Hadron Collider" by Don Lincoln. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press.  Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

Dark Glamour: Neutrinos II
Velvet, seed beads, DMC threads, acrylic and wood
32" w x 42" h

Dark Glamour: Neutrinos I
Silk, DMC threads, acrylic and wood
42" w x 52" h


Dark Glamour: Neutrinos  

For the two large textile pieces “Neutrino I and II”, I am using the visual metaphor of nets to suggest how detectors capture images of these rarely interacting, elusive particles. World leading neutrino research at Fermilab begins with the Accelerator Division. Their job is to generate a neutrino beam with the density and concentration necessary for scientists to detect these mysterious particles. The art borrows techniques used in high fashion to project an image of dark glamour.

  Accelerator Division

The Standard Model of Particle Physics



I would like to express my deep appreciation to the Fermilab Directorate for their support of the artist residency project. Georgia Schwender,  curator at Fermialb and founder of the residency and Dr. Don Lincoln were critical to the success of this project. I received help from many, many people at Fermilab, too numerous to mention. You have my deepest gratitude.

Project support:

Fermi National Accelerator Artist Residency program

The American Physical Society

Office of the Provost, Columbia College Chicago

DMC North American Threads for their donation of embroidery floss


The CMS experiment at CERN