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Letter from the Editor WHY SCIART? For all of the ways that science and art differ in their practice, methods, products and histories, their foundation has remained the same: an unquenchable thirst for understanding the nature of our existence. It is this curiosity that has lead to their overlapping interests throughout time, the study of the human body being the most popular example. Other worldly phenomena have been shared by the two disciplines as well; to name one, when Einstein was formulating his Theory of Special Relativity, Marcel Duchamp was painting Nude Descending Staircase, No 2, each in their own way attempting to describe the relationship between space and time. It has only been for the past two decades or so, however, that some artists have turned directly to science as their sole source of artistic information, inspiration, and conceptualization. Today there is a new breed of art called sciencebased art, or SciArt for short. Science-based artists are using current scientific findings as their subject matter, and the focus in art on science has become much more directed, exciting, and is overwhelmingly fruitful. Pushing the known perimeter of sciencebased art into uncharted territories, SciArt can be made from anything from marble to biological tissue, and I believe we are only at the beginning of seeing the amazing results of art created to illuminate the wonders of scientific discoveries, a subject touched upon in the following article. Painters of physics, sculptors of neuroscience, photographers of our changing ecosystem, science-based artists are now holding residencies in laboratories, exhibiting art at scientific conferences, and collaborating with scientists directly. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize other organizations which, like SAiA, have made it their mission to highlight this exciting slice of the art world. For the past 35 years Art & Science Collaborations, Inc has served as a critical network for science-based artists, while SciArt in America August 2013 Julia Buntaine Leonardo has fostered the cross-fertilization between art, science and technology, along with xSEAD and GenSpace. Featured in this issue, the School of Visual Arts’ NATLab is one of the only laboratories made for artists, with another one soon to open at the University of North Texas. With science-based art having a strong presence in the UK and Berlin, here at SAiA, we want to serve as both a resource and publication for the growing SciArt scene in the United States. Each issue we will feature individual artists, along with SciArt organizations, projects and events, in attempt to weave closer together the SciArt community stretched across the States. I sincerely hope you enjoy this issue, and the many more to come. Happy reading. Julia Buntaine, Founder & Editor-in-Chief 3