Colors of Nature

The Colors of Nature is a project is funded by the National Science Foundation and is part of a collaboration between PI Laura Conner at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Curator Mareca Guthrie at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Stephen Pompea at the National Optical and Astronomy Observatory, and Carrie Tzou at the University of Washington-Bothell. The four-year project aims to illustrate science as a creative endeavor that overlaps with art.

Color of Nature Summer Academy students draw on the front lawn of the museum.

Summer academies in Fairbanks and Tucson

2013 was the first year that the summer academy was held. Over two weeks in June, 2013 24 girls engaged in art-infused science activities including investigating the physics of iridescence, growing bioluminescent bacteria, exploring UV coloration in birds and flowers, learning about variation in color vision, and discovering the chemistry behind pigments and dyes. The application period has already closed for 2014, but information about applications for 2015 can be found at