PHYS 498 ART :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Welcome to  Where the Arts meet Physics!

Weekly Class Meetings: Mondays 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Default Location: 147 Loomis Lab

Weekly Project Time: Wednesdays 3:00-3:50pm
Default Location: 276 Loomis 

Instructor: Prof. Smitha Vishveshwara (
TAs: Jackson Fliss (
           Danielle Markovich (

Course Description

Outer space

From ancient monuments, such as Roman arches and Indian and Mayan astronomical observatories, to modern day productions, such as The 2001 Space Odyssey and Copenhagen, the confluence of the arts and physics has resulted in the most incredible of human creations. The creations have led to a deeper understanding of nature, to giving the arts a new dimension, to friendly and enchanting ways of perceiving science in action, to tremendous technological progress…and to pure fun!

In this course, students will gain exposure to the marvelous ways in which science has joined hands with a broad spectrum of the arts, inclusive of the visual arts, theater, music, literature, and more, and to the marvelous creations that have emerged from this synergy.  Going beyond analyzing this synergy, students will become creators themselves by using the knowledge gained in the course, forming teams having both arts and physics students, learning from one another, and  working on projects that result in mini-productions using their choice of media.

The class will form exciting connections to on-going art-science ventures, including connecting with dance collaborator Kirstie Simson's CoLab class and with a performance piece entitled Quantum Voyages involving theater collaborator Latrelle Bright, which will travel to Boston as an APS March Meeting public event. 


Interest in Physics and the Arts; Some working knowledge (sophomore level or equivalent) of either physics or a field in the Arts; Willingness to learn a new discipline and work in teams; Enthusiasm and initiative.


For last year's course website please visit

For the Krannert Art Museum exhibit created by a past year's class on the Universe, the Quantum World, and Flows please visit