Lindsay Olson - Art and Science


Detail of Active Acoustics art work depicting the daily zooplankton migration.

Work in Progress


The scientific method has been and remains a powerful tool in understanding our world. Art offers us an expansive range of human expression.  By using my training as an artist and partnering with scientists and laboratories, I create art that helps strengthen the connection between scientific research and the health and well-being of communities.

Project Partners

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory: first Artist in Residence 

The University of New Hampshire - Center for Acoustics Research and Education

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

The Field Museum

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District 

Chicago Botanic Garden

Illinois Mycological Society

Art@CMS group at CERN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Upcoming Exhibits and Events



 Hope Academy of Senior Professionals, Holland Michigan. March 3rd


University of New Hampshire Art Museum: "The Art and Science of Sound in The Sea" Talk with Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds and Lindsay Olson October 16th 

University of New Hampshire, Ocean Discovery Days, "Sounds in The Sea: Ocean Acoustics" October 18th and 19th

Downers Grove Library, "Manufactured River" and "Boundary Layer: Fungi, Lichens and Mosses"

September. Talk Wednesday September 11,2019 7PM "Manufactured River" with Lindsay Olson, Dick Lanyon

The Field Museum, Chicago, "Boundary Layer: Fungi, Mosses and Lichens" - May 9th and 10th

Chicago Botanic Garden, The Illinois Mycological Association Annual Mushroom Show and Sale, "Hidden Threads: Fungal/Plant Partners, September 1

2018 Shows

Argonne National Laboratory  Gallery 201 October 1-December 15th
Art@CMS Ontario,Canada April 9-11
Field Museum "Boundary Layer: Mosses, Fungi and Lichens" May 10th and 11th
Expanding Your Horizons, March 24th University of Chicago
Theosophical Society July- September 2018
16th Street Theater, "Tools of The Trade: A Citizens View of Law Enforcement" will be shown during                 the run of the show Wolf at The End of The Block   Opening March 29th - mid May
           I'll be participating in a talk back after the performance Thursday, May 17th
Evanston Art Center "Art and The Elegant Universe" opening March 4th 1PM
Water Street Studio "Art and The Elegant Universe" April 9th - May 5th

Hydrophone equipment  surfacing and ready for pick up.

Speaking Engagements

Women in Science   May 6th, 2019  12 Noon at the Field Museum
Hope Academy of Senior Professionals: Artful Sound: Underwater Acoustics March 3rd, 2020
Story Collider   Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Illinois Institute of Technology January 2018
Indiana University Northwest Key note speaker 2017
Lewis University 2017
Elmhurst College 2017
19th Century Club 2012 and 2016
University of Wisconsin Science Festival 2016
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 2015 and 2016
International High Energy Physics Conference 2016
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany 2015
Chicago Cultural Center Lake FX Conference 2015
CERN- European Organization for Nuclear Research 2015   

Photo: Georgia Schwender
Drawing on the stage at Fermi National Accelerator Labratory

Selected Press and Media
Surface Design Journal-Hidden Threads: Fungal-Plant Partnerships September 2018
The Physics Teacher,"The Beauty of Physics" co-author Dr. Don Lincoln September 2018
Textile Artist "Artist Tool Kit"
Signal to Noise April 2016 "Art and Life in The Subatomic Realm"
Small Things Considered "Art About Small Things"