Northfield’s mathematical artists: Barry Cipra, Sharol Nau, Trygve Wastvedt

Loopy Love by Barry Cipra Longest and Shortest Crease-B by Sharol Nau iteration by Trygve Wastvedt
I got an email from Dean Kjerland at ArtOnWater Gallery that of the 58 artists selected to exhibit at the 2011 Joint Mathematics Meetings convention in New Orleans in January, three are from Northfield: Barry Cipra, Sharol Nau, and Trygve Wastvedt.

And at the same meeting, according to an email from Barry:

Paul Zorn, from the math department at St. Olaf, will be taking over as president of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) at the conclusion of the meeting in New Orleans.  This is really a big deal.  The MAA is one of the premier professional mathematics organizations in the world.  Paul’s been active in it for decades.

Update 12/3: Barry Cipra emailed me some photos from the St. Olaf "Celebration of Mind" art exhibit in October:

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  1. Barry Cipra said:

    Sharol’s folded books were featured in a show at the Northfield Arts Guild on Division St. a couple of months ago. The NAG gift shop has one of them for sale. It’s well worth a look.

    Sharol, Trygve, and I exhibited our pieces last month at a “Celebration of Mind” event at St. Olaf, along with Loren Larson, a retired (but still active) mathematician who does fantastic woodwork, and Erica Naylor, an impressively talented graduate of the St. Olaf art department.

    One correction, Griff: By my count, there are 58 artists in the upcoming New Orleans exhibit, not 50.

    November 23, 2010
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Thx, Barry. I’ve made the correction.

    Are there photos posted online anywhere of the “Celebration of Mind” event at St. Olaf last month?

    November 27, 2010
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    Barry Cipra emailed me some photos from the St. Olaf “Celebration of Mind” art exhibit in October. I’ve added them to the blog post above.

    December 3, 2010
  4. Barry Cipra said:

    Griff, thanks for posting the pictures.

    To give credit where credit is due, the local event was organized by Paul Humke in the St. Olaf math department. It was part of a global tribute to the late Martin Gardner — see for more.

    December 3, 2010

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