Chicago Ridge, IL, United States
Chicago Ridge, IL, United States

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is one of America's largest accredited independent schools of art and design. It is located in the Loop in Chicago, Illinois. The school is associated with the museum of the same name, and "The Art Institute of Chicago" or "Chicago Art Institute" often refers to either entity. Providing degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, SAIC has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top two graduate art programs in the nation, as well as by Columbia University's National Arts Journalism survey as the most influential art school in the United States.SAIC has been accredited since 1936 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1944 , and by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design since its founding in 1991. Additionally it is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.Its downtown Chicago campus consists of seven buildings located in the immediate vicinity of the AIC building. SAIC is in an equal partnership with the AIC and share many administrative resources such as design, construction, and human resources. The campus, located in the Loop, comprises chiefly three buildings: the Michigan , the Sharp , and the Columbus . SAIC also owns additional buildings throughout Chicago that are used as student galleries or investments. Wikipedia.

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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: NMP-21-2014 | Award Amount: 9.18M | Year: 2015

Currently there is a lack of methodologies for the conservation of modern and contemporary artworks, many of which will not be accessible in very short time due to extremely fast degradation processes. The challenge of NANORESTART (NANOmaterials for the REStoration of works of ART) will be to address this issue within a new framework with respect to the state of the art of conservation science. NANORESTART is devoted to the development of nanomaterials to ensure long term protection and security of modern/contemporary cultural heritage, taking into account environmental and human risks, feasibility and materials costs. The market for conservation of this heritage is estimated at some 5 billion per year, and could increase by a significant factor in the next years due to the wider use of nanomaterials. The new tools and materials developed will represent a breakthrough in cultural heritage and conservation science and will focus on: (i) tools for controlled cleaning, such as highly-retentive gels for the confinement of enzymes and nanostructured fluids based on green surfactants; (ii) the strengthening and protection of surfaces by using nanocontainers, nanoparticles and supramolecular systems/assemblies; (iii) nanostructured substrates and sensors for enhanced molecules detection; (iv) evaluation of the environmental impact and the development of security measures for long lasting conservation of cultural heritage. Within the project the industrial scalability of the developed materials will be demonstrated. NANORESTART gathers centres of excellence in the field of synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, world leading chemical Industries and SMEs operating in R&D, and International and European centres for conservation, education and museums. Such centres will assess the new materials on modern/contemporary artefacts in urgent need of conservation, and disseminate the knowledge and the new nanomaterials among conservators on a worldwide perspective.

News Article | October 28, 2016

NEW YORK—New York-based artist Claire Sherman will showcase six paintings at the lobby gallery at 527 Madison Avenue, a boutique office building in the Plaza District. The paintings, many of which exemplify Ms. Sherman’s signature style of large-scale, tight-focus landscapes, will be on display through November 22, 2016. Located at 54th Street and Madison Avenue, the show is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Using slashing brushwork and vibrant contrasting colors, Sherman depicts massive tree trunks, rushing rivers and the interiors of caves, often from unexpected viewpoints. Scale is an important component of her work, placing objects in the extreme foreground and rendering their minute details while a deep background space spills out behind them. This dramatic effect is enhanced by the substantial format of her canvases, one of which on display is 14 feet long. “Claire Sherman’s paintings bring a fresh perspective to the tradition of landscape painting, suggesting new ways of looking at the natural world,” said Jay Grimm, who serves as art consultant to Mitsui Fudosan America (MFA), the building owner, and organizes the property's arts program. “She herself has said that she hopes the paintings at once invite viewers in as well as push them out.” While distortion is central to Sherman’s work, her paintings are extremely descriptive; Sherman’s keen observations convey a sense of place. Though the unusual viewpoint of these paintings makes it difficult to identify their exact location, the viewer understands Sherman’s scenes as real and not imaginary. The artist’s ability to imbue her almost otherworldly images with the specificity conventionally associated with landscapes commands attention. “We were in awe of the great visual impact her paintings created and how they beckon closer inspection,” said MFA's Keith Purcell, vice president of asset management and leasing. “Like many of the artists who have shown their work at 527 Madison, Claire Sherman is a New York artist with a distinctive style that we believe will resonate with all people, not just avid art followers.” Sherman’s show marks the eighth exhibition in 527 Madison’s ongoing program showcasing noteworthy emerging and mid-career artists, which is part of MFA’s mission to support the arts. "I'm delighted to show my work at 527 Madison, a more unconventional venue that has a broader reach beyond traditional galleries,” says Sherman, who is represented by the DC Moore Gallery in Chelsea, New York, which is also holding a show of her work from October 6 - November 5. "Also gratifying is that passersby on the city street will see the works in the illuminated space at night as well." Claire Sherman holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an Associate Professor at Drew University in New Jersey. She has completed residencies at the Terra Foundation for American Art in Giverny, the MacDowell Colony, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, and Yaddo. The artist has exhibited widely throughout the United States and in Amsterdam, Leipzig, London, Seoul, and Turin. # # # About 527 Madison Avenue 527 Madison Avenue, located at the corner of 54th Street in New York City, is a boutique 26-story commercial office building designed by celebrated architectural firm FXFOWLE. Completed in 1986, it is owned by an affiliate of Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc., which recently invested in significant upgrades including elevator modernization and a new MdeAS-designed lobby. About Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. (MFA) is a real estate investment and development company headquartered in New York City and is the U.S. subsidiary of Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. – Japan’s largest publicly traded real estate company. MFA’s history in the United States dates back to the early 1970s. Since its inception, MFA has acquired and developed numerous office, multifamily and hospitality properties in major markets throughout the U.S. In addition to its significant portfolio of office buildings, MFA recently expanded its development platform, with several office and multifamily development projects launched in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

Casadio F.,School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Leona M.,Metropolitan Museum of Art | Lombardi J.R.,City University of New York | Van Duyne R.,Northwestern University
Accounts of Chemical Research | Year: 2010

Organic dyes extracted from plants, insects, and shellfish have been used for millennia in dyeing textiles and manufacturing colorants for painting. The economic push for dyes with high tinting strength, directly related to high extinction coefficients in the visible range, historically led to the selection of substances that could be used at low concentrations. But a desirable property for the colorist is a major problem for the analytical chemist; the identification of dyes in cultural heritage objects is extremely difficult. Techniques routinely used in the identification of inorganic pigments are generally not applicable to dyes: X-ray fluorescence because of the lack of an elemental signature, Raman spectroscopy because of the generally intense luminescence of dyes, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy because of the interference of binders and extenders. Traditionally, the identification of dyes has required relatively large samples (0.5-5 mm in diameter) for analysis by high-performance liquid chromatography. In this Account, we describe our efforts to develop practical approaches in identifying dyes in works of art from samples as small as 25 μm in diameter with surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). In SERS, the Raman scattering signal is greatly enhanced when organic molecules with large delocalized electron systems are adsorbed on atomically rough metallic substrates; fluorescence is concomitantly quenched. Recent nanotechnological advances in preparing and manipulating metallic particles have afforded staggering enhancement factors of up to 1014. SERS is thus an ideal technique for the analysis of dyes. Indeed, rhodamine 6G and crystal violet, two organic compounds used to demonstrate the sensitivity of SERS at the single-molecule level, were first synthesized as textile dyes in the second half of the 19th century. In this Account, we examine the practical application of SERS to cultural heritage studies, including the selection of appropriate substrates, the development of analytical protocols, and the building of SERS spectral databases. We also consider theoretical studies on dyes of artistic interest. Using SERS, we have successfully documented the earliest use of a madder lake pigment and the earliest occurrence of lac dye in European art. We have also found several examples of kermes and cochineal glazes, as well as madder, cochineal, methyl violet, and eosin lakes, from eras ranging from ancient Egypt to the 19th century. The ability to rapidly analyze very small samples with SERS makes it a particularly valuable tool in a museum context. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

News Article | December 13, 2016

With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to stock up on all your must-have last minute gifts for the people you love. What better gift to give yourself or someone else this holiday season than something unique and handmade that keeps you cozy and warm? With the Farmer's Almanac predicting 2016 as one of the harshest winters on record for two-thirds of the country, your holiday list will be glad you gave them something to wear to keep toasty and trendy. The 2016 KraeO collection features trendy, hand-knit warmers, beanies and scarves, perfect to brave the cold winter months or to use as an accent piece for fun nights out. All pieces are 100% American Made, personally designed and hand-knit by Kristin Oldach. The line is made of a beautiful, soft to the touch yarn blend. Not only are these high-quality accessories beautiful, they are easily accessible with prices starting at $22.00. “We created this brand so our customers could brave the cold while looking chic at the same time,” says Oldach. “As a designer, I believe in creating products that are a high quality hand-knit – uniquely made for each individual – that’s what I think sets us apart.” The 2016 winter’s KraeO line includes something for everyone*: Inspired by Chicago's infamous, frigid winters, Kristin Oldach, owner of KraeO and graduate of renown SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), launched her winter accessories line to keep customers warm and chic during the cold season. KraeO is already gaining fast recognition as one of the hottest, go-to original winter accessory brands for women, men and kids and is continually updated with new items each year. So if you still need to shop for that hard to buy for relative, teacher or neighbor, KraeO has something for every gift giver. Even if it's just for yourself - KraeO has an exclusive winter accessory for you – perfect for the slopes, commuting to work or when you just want to snuggle up by the fire. Make this winter the one where you feel good about keeping warm. For more information about the KraeO winter collection, go to and click on the 'store' tab. *Full winter line and pricing available on About KraeO KraeO is a valued online fashion collection based in Chicago, IL. It offers contemporary high-quality, accessibly priced women’s, men’s and kids winter accessories. Since its inception in 2011, the online store has carried 100% American Made, hand-knit scarves, hats, wrist warmers, bandanas and cowls. Inspired by Chicago's infamous, frigid winters, owner, Kristin Oldach, graduate of renowned SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), first launched her winter accessories line to keep customers warm and chic during the cold season. For more information about winter line specifics and pricing, go to and click on the 'store' tab.

NEENAH, WI--(Marketwired - December 01, 2016) - What would you do if given $1,000 towards a jewelry purchase? Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is giving you a chance to fulfill your jewelry wish list as they launch the Season to Sparkle Sweepstakes -- a $1,000 giveaway in collaboration with the American Gem Society (AGS), a nonprofit association dedicated to consumer protection. "The Season to Sparkle Sweepstakes is the perfect way to get people excited about jewelry as a gifting idea, whether shopping for loved ones or ourselves," said Trina Woldt, vice president, chief marketing officer at Jewelers Mutual. "Everyone loves the gift of jewelry." Participants may enter the sweepstakes on the Jewelers Mutual Facebook page from December 1st through the 15th. Entrants are rewarded for sharing the sweepstakes with friends by receiving two bonus entries for every referral that uses their unique link to enter. As part of the entry process, participants are asked to share what piece of jewelry tops their wish list and why it would make their season sparkle. Randomly selected winners will claim one of several prizes: "Choosing jewelry is personal, emotional and exciting," added Woldt. "Anyone who has given or received a gift of jewelry understands the sentimental value attached to each piece that goes beyond the metal and stone. We're thrilled to celebrate this season to sparkle in a way that adds special meaning to gift giving." Ruth Batson, CEO of the American Gem Society (AGS) and AGS Laboratories agreed, "We understand the thought and consideration that goes into picking out the perfect piece. And we're confident the winners will enjoy shopping at their local American Gem Society-member jeweler for jewelry that will be treasured for years to come." To learn more about the Season to Sparkle Sweepstakes, visit Jewelers Mutual's Facebook page ( Holiday gift purchases are worth protecting. For more information about jewelry insurance or to get a quote, visit or contact a Jewelers Mutual licensed agent at 888-884-2424. ABOUT JEWELERS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, the only insurer dedicated solely to serving the jewelry industry in the United States and Canada, was founded in 1913 by a group of Wisconsin jewelers to meet their unique insurance needs. Today, Jewelers Mutual remains the trusted insurance advisor and loss-prevention expert for jewelry businesses including retailers large and small, wholesalers, manufacturers, custom designers and appraisers. Consumers also put their trust in Jewelers Mutual to protect their personal jewelry and the special moments it represents. The company's strong financial position is reflected in its 30 consecutive ratings of "A+ Superior" from A.M. Best Company. To learn more, visit ABOUT AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to proven ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society is a professional organization awarding credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Less than one in twenty jewelers in the country have chosen to meet the exacting standards necessary for membership. ABOUT ANGIE CRABTREE Angie Crabtree paints diamond facets enlarged 1,000+ times. Ranging from 24 to 64 inches tall, their large scale allows viewers to experience the small, beautiful gems in an up-close and personal way. Painted in oils on canvas, she uses a classical glazing technique to create a stained-glass effect, reminiscent of 17th century royalty portraiture. Using symmetry and repetition, the kaleidoscopic shapes suggest a hypnotic brilliance similar to the real thing. Crabtree creates commissioned paintings using gems from clients' personal collections. Her work belongs in private and corporate collections worldwide. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Crabtree's studio is located in Berkeley, CA. You have received this release because you have a business relationship with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company or because this information may be beneficial to you. To unsubscribe or change your email address, please contact Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company at 24 Jewelers Park Drive, PO Box 468, Neenah, Wis. 54957-0468, call 800-558-6411, or email

News Article | August 30, 2016

This week in Chicago, the Array of Things team begins the first phase of the groundbreaking urban sensing project, installing the first of an eventual 500 nodes on city streets. By measuring data on air quality, climate, traffic and other urban features, these pilot nodes kick off an innovative partnership between the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and the City of Chicago to better understand, serve and improve cities. Array of Things is designed as a "fitness tracker" for the city, collecting new streams of data on Chicago's environment, infrastructure and activity. This hyper-local open data can help researchers, city officials and software developers study and address critical city challenges, such as preventing urban flooding, improving traffic safety and air quality and assessing the nature and impact of climate change. In the first phase of the project, 50 nodes will be installed in August and September on traffic light poles in The Loop, Pilsen, Logan Square and along Lake Michigan. These nodes will contain sensors for measuring air and surface temperature, barometric pressure, light, vibration, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone and ambient sound intensity. Two cameras will collect data on vehicle and foot traffic, standing water, sky color and cloud cover. The first two nodes were installed last week at the intersections of Damen and Archer Avenues and Damen Avenue and Cermak Road, where they will collect information on weather, traffic and air quality. A total of 500 nodes will be installed across Chicago by the end of 2018, and additional nodes will be shared with cities across the United States and in countries such as England, Mexico, and Taiwan. "The University of Chicago has a long and flourishing tradition of scholarship that engages with urban life and makes a positive impact," said Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University. "The Array of Things project advances these ideals by gathering a broad scope of data about the urban environment, in a form that researchers, policymakers and residents can use to develop innovative ways of improving our city and urban areas around the world." "The Array of Things project is just one example of the advancements that are possible when the city, university and Argonne combine their diverse and complementary perspectives, experience and expertise," said Argonne Director Peter B. Littlewood. "I'm excited to see the Array of Things fulfill its potential to help make Chicago cleaner, healthier and more livable, and I also look forward to future game-changing collaborations with our local partners." Initial node locations and data applications were determined based on interactions with community organizations and research groups. Eight nodes in Pilsen will contain sensors for tracking air quality and its relationship with asthma and other diseases. Partnerships with the Chicago Loop Alliance and Vision Zero motivated studies of pedestrian and vehicle flow and traffic safety in The Loop neighborhood. And scientists at UChicago and Argonne chose locations along the lake and across the middle of Chicago that will allow for optimal measurements of features related to urban weather and climate change. "The Array of Things is a community technology," said Charlie Catlett, director of the Urban Center and Computation and Data at the University of Chicago and Argonne and the lead investigator of Array of Things. "It's about creating new streams of data that help us understand and address the most critical urban challenges. Where we see an intersection of resident concerns, science interests and policymaker interest, that's where we see opportunity for Array of Things deployment in Chicago." Array of Things will also support City of Chicago efforts to provide smarter and proactive services using predictive analytics and data-driven policy. For example, by tracking the weather conditions leading up to flooding at intersections, city crews can respond more quickly to floods or make infrastructural changes that prevent standing water from accumulating. City departments could also use data on heavy truck traffic and air quality to make decisions about commercial routing that preserves clean air and safe roads in residential neighborhoods. "It's truly doing science in the city and out in the communities. We'll be able to engage with community groups to help them make the data their own and figure out to use it to address the questions they have," said Brenna Berman, Chief Information Officer of the City of Chicago. "You're going to see community groups use this data to understand their communities and neighborhoods better as we all try to build a better life here in Chicago." Data collected by Array of Things nodes will be open, free and available to the public, researchers and developers. After a brief period of testing and calibration, the project will publish data through the City of Chicago Data Portal, open data platform, and via application programming interfaces. As specified by the Array of Things privacy and governance policies, no personally identifiable information will be stored or released by sensor nodes. Array of Things is funded by a $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, with additional investments from Argonne and the Chicago Innovation Exchange. "We at the National Science Foundation are proud to support the Array of Things," said Jim Kurose, head of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at NSF. "The launch of the first nodes will provide important information and data-driven insights about the health of cities and residents, and illustrate how fundamental research is vital to the transformation of our local communities envisioned by the National Smart Cities Initiative." The underlying software and hardware uses the Waggle sensor platforming, designed by Pete Beckman, Rajesh Sankaran and Catlett at Argonne. The node enclosures were designed and manufactured by Product Development Technologies in Lake Zurich, Ill., from original designs by Douglas Pancoast and Satya Mark Basu of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. AT&T is the project's communications partner, providing all AoT connectivity for Chicago. Array of Things technology was developed with help from industry partners who provided in-kind engineering expertise, including Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, Schneider Electric and Zebra Technologies.

News Article | December 8, 2016

The enormously popular National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), which has attracted more than half a million New Yorkers and visitors from around the world, will be celebrating the fourth anniversary of its opening with a month of special programs, events, contests, and activities for schools, guests, and families. Keeping up a four-year tradition, the Museum will celebrate its anniversary (and the winter solstice) by partnering with the Flatiron/23rdStreet Partnership with a free public event on Wednesday, December 21 at 6 p.m. at the Flatiron Plaza on East 23rd Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue.  There will be free hot chocolate provided by La Pecora Bianca, a chance to spin the Flatiron prize wheel to win prizes from local businesses, and a food drive for the Food Bank For New York City.  And on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the Museum will keep its doors open throughout the day from 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m, with special new tours and uniquely engaging math sessions available on both days. Launched on December 12, 2012, MoMath has been welcomed by New Yorkers, tourists, and critics with open arms and rave reviews. As the only mathematics museum in North America, MoMath has grown from a national traveling math exhibit – Math Midway – to a landmark cultural and educational institution beside Manhattan’s Madison Square Park with more than three dozen state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. During the month of December, MoMath will be celebrating the holidays with the following events and activities: Math Encounters: "How to Bake Pi: Making Abstract Mathematics Palatable" with Eugenia Cheng Wednesday, December 7, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm Through unexpectedly connected examples from music, juggling, and baking, Eugenia Cheng, Scientist in Residence from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, combines hands-on activities, humorous anecdotes, and everyday life with a dash of surprisingly high-level mathematics and a distinct emphasis on edible examples.  Special introduction by Bedtime Math founder and author Laura Overdeck.  Learn more and register at   Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child Friday, December 9, 4:30 pm Tween Primes returns with Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes.  Thirteen-year old Ruby Redfort is a genius code-breaker with Sherlock Holmes-like observational skills.  She’s a prodigy: brilliant, tenacious, and observant.  Ruby and her best friend, Clancy Crew, dash about following hunches; they're drawn into a whirl of comedy and menace, espionage and cryptograms, and naive townspeople and baleful baddies.  The story moves with a swift pace, clever dialogue, and many codes and puzzles scattered throughout.  Pizza and ice cream to be served.  Learn more and register at   Summations: homeschool exploration days at MoMath Wednesday, December 14, 2:00 pm Homeschool students are invited to experience the excitement of a MoMath field trip with the Summations program. Participants will spend the afternoon perusing MoMath’s engaging interactive exhibits along with other homeschool families.  Registration includes admission to an exploratory, hands-on classroom experience led by one of MoMath's specially-trained educators, with workshops available for all grades.  Learn more and register at Volumes, the MoMath book club: Finding Zero by Amir Aczel Thursday, December 15, 6:00 pm In Finding Zero, readers follow Aczel’s quest doggedly crisscrossing the ancient world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross-examining so-called scholars who offer wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle.  While on this odyssey, Aczel meets a host of fascinating characters: academics in search of truth, jungle trekkers looking for adventure, surprisingly honest politicians, shameless smugglers, and treacherous archaeological thieves―who finally reveal where our numbers come from.  Along the way, readers enrich their knowledge and experience of math, philosophy, religion, and the human condition.  Learn more and register at    MathHappening: Puzzle on the Plaza Wednesday, December 21, 6:00 pm at the Flatiron Plaza (E. 23rd St, btw Broadway & 5th) MoMath and the Flatiron Partnership will celebrate the winter solstice by inviting guests to participate in Math Happening: Puzzle on the Plaza and by solving a giant mathematical puzzle.  The first 300 people onsite will have the opportunity to help construct an oversized mathematical tiling that contains a secret message hidden within.  Guests are welcome to enjoy free hot chocolate on the plaza and mingle with others as the hidden message is revealed. Learn more and register at Math Exploration sessions Saturday, December 24 through Saturday, December 31 MoMath’s Math Exploration sessions, previously exclusive to school field trips, are now open to the public! Join one of MoMath’s specially-trained educators in an exploratory, hands-on classroom experience to discover the wonder of mathematics. Educator sessions are appropriate for the whole family. Learn more and register at Four Years of MoMath Photo Contest In celebration of its fourth anniversary, MoMath is launching a photo contest inviting guests (past and present) to submit digital images from a visit to the Museum. Participants are requested to share photos and a short comment at MoMath(at)momath(dot)org with the subject line “Anniversary Photos.” Photos must be submitted via email to be considered for the contest. Selected submissions will be posted in a new online photo gallery in the Museum in time for the anniversary on Monday, December 12. MoMath’s Derivatives Tour Program Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays Announcing the newest way to enjoy MoMath: The MoMath Derivatives tour program. Visitors are able to enjoy a new perspective on MoMath in a small group setting as they wander the Museum with an expert tour guide leading the way. Choose from the following two tours available each day on Friday, Saturday on Sunday throughout December. Learn more and register at Colorful Characters What kinds of people do mathematics? Learn about some of the interesting folks who have shaped the way mathematicians and the public think about mathematics, the work they did, and how their stories tie in with MoMath’s exhibits. Hidden Math Think you’ve seen all of MoMath? Think again! This tour tracks the many mathematical “easter eggs” (hidden secrets) scattered throughout the Museum. Seeing Math Photo Contest MoMath is hosting a photo contest about how an individual sees math in the world around him/her. Participates can submit their photos via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Winning photos will be displayed on the large screen in the Museum as part of this visual tour of the mathematical world around us.  Visit for details. About the National Museum of Mathematics The only math museum in North America, the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics in daily life. Since it opened in December 2012, more than 500,000 New Yorkers and visitors from around the world have come to the Museum. Another 500,000 have experienced MoMath exhibitions and content in seven countries, including the United States, Singapore, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Spain, and Sweden. MoMath fulfills an incredible demand for hands-on math programming, creating a space where those who are math-challenged – as well as math enthusiasts of all backgrounds and levels of understanding – can revel in their own personal realm of the infinite world of mathematics through more than 37 state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibits. MoMath was awarded the bronze 2013 MUSE Award for Education and Outreach by the American Alliance of Museums. Location MoMath is located at 11 E. 26th on the north side of popular Madison Square Park in Manhattan. Hours Open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit

Casadio F.,School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Rose V.,Argonne National Laboratory
Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing | Year: 2013

Here for the first time we describe the use of high resolution nanoprobe X-ray fluorescence (XRF) mapping for the analysis of artists' paints, hierarchically complex materials typically composed of binder, pigments, fillers, and other additives. The work undertaken at the nanoprobe sought to obtain highly spatially resolved, highly sensitive mapping of metal impurities (Pb, Cd, Fe, and other metals) in submicron particles of zinc oxide pigments used in early 20th century artists' tube paints and enamel paints, with particular emphasis on Ripolin, a popular brand of French house paint used extensively by Pablo Picasso and some of his contemporaries. Analysis revealed that the Zn oxide particles only contain a little Fe, proving that the highest quality Zn oxide pigment, free of Pb and Cd, was used for Ripolin house paints as well as artists' paints. Nanoprobe XRF mapping also demonstrated that artists' tube paints generally have more abundant fillers and additional whites (based on Pb, Ti, Ca) than Ripolin paints, which contain mostly pure zinc oxide. The chemical characterization of paints at the nanoscale opens the path to a better understanding of their fabrication and chemical reactivity. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: OFFICE OF MULTIDISCIPLINARY AC | Award Amount: 42.27K | Year: 2012


Investigations of paint coatings in the context of cultural heritage science present a unique set of technical challenges because of the evolution of the properties of materials over time scales that are much too long to be reproduced directly. As a result, data-driven kinetic models of the aging process are needed in order to understand the physical state of aged paints and to develop effective restoration and cleaning strategies. In this collaborative project involving Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago, a kinetic Monte Carlo model of paint curing and aging will be developed, as will experimental systems needed to determine relevant model parameters. The net result will be a set of simulation models that can be viewed as virtual oil-based paint coatings. These virtual coatings will enable the time dependent, structural features of complex, multicomponent paint coatings to be tracked. The models, with their experimentally determined input parameters, represent a physical and chemical knowledge base for oil-based paint coatings that will serve as a platform for addressing a wide range of questions. Specific issues to be addressed concern the curing and aging of systems when subjected to heat, humidity and various cleaning solutions. Kinetic parameters will be determined experimentally with coatings made from well characterized starting materials, using the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) as the primary experimental tool. Nanoindentation will be used to correlate the high frequency mechanical response obtained with the QCM to complementary measures of the mechanical response and to actual paint samples. While these techniques will be applied directly to oil-based coatings used by artists, the methodology is broadly applicable in a variety of areas, including characterization of high performance protective coatings, and the development of sustainable, bio-derived materials.


This project is a collaborative effort between Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago. State-of-the art scientific tools will be used to study the curing and aging properties of modern oil-based paints and the impact of conservation treatments on them. Although oil-based paints were widely used throughout the 20th century, and in some of the most prominent artworks of that period, their properties are poorly understood. Advancing our knowledge in this area is crucial for preserving the integrity of such artworks for future generations. The results of this research will be used to develop more effective conservation strategies for paintings in collections at the Art Institute and at other museums throughout the world. An educational outreach element linking science and art will also be developed in conjunction with the Art Institutes Department of Museum Education. Outreach offerings will be developed to attract middle school and high school science classes to the museum. These activities will be designed to attract students to science who would otherwise not likely be drawn to science-related programs. Similarly, the connection with the Art Institute will enable undergraduate and graduate students at Northwestern to understand the ways in which scientific concepts can benefit disciplines that lie outside the traditional scientific realm.

News Article | February 15, 2017

With Valentine’s Day just weeks away, now is the time to pick out that perfect, unique gift for the special people on your list. Whether it’s a fun night out or a relaxing night in, KraeO’s new Valentine collection has you covered. Their new line features hand-knit pom pom hats, luxurious blankets, trendy neck and glove warmers all in signature Valentine’s Day colors – red, white and pink. Think of how great your special Valentine will look – indoors or out. The 2017 KraeO collection features trendy, hand-knit warmers, beanies and scarves, blankets, perfect for adding to your Valentine’s night out or giving as a gift for a memorable Valentine’s night in. All pieces are 100% American made, personally designed and hand-knit by Kristin Oldach. Not only are these high-quality accessories beautiful, they are easily accessible with prices starting at $22.00. “The new Valentine’s line features something for everyone – from that hard to buy for boyfriend to that once in a lifetime friend,” says Oldach. “We are launching this brand line online so customers can easily purchase their gifts quickly. A special addition to our collection is our new, boldly striped, cozy blanket – high quality, hand-knit – perfect for a cozy night in.” The 2017 KraeO Valentine line includes something for everyone*: Inspired by Chicago's infamous, frigid winters, Kristin Oldach, owner of KraeO and graduate of the renown SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), launched her winter accessories line to keep customers warm and chic during the cold season. KraeO is already gaining fast recognition as one of the hottest, go-to original winter accessory brands for women, men and kids and is continually updated with new items each year. So if you still need to shop for that hard to buy for significant other, friend or relative, KraeO has something for every Valentine’s gift giver. Even if you want to treat yourself - KraeO has a chic Valentine’s accessory for you. Make this Valentine’s the one where you feel good about what you give (or get). For more information about the KraeO Valentine’s collection, go to KraeO. *Full KraeO line and pricing available on ABOUT KRAEO KraeO is a valued online fashion collection based in Chicago, IL. It offers contemporary high-quality, accessibly priced women’s, men’s and kids winter accessories. Since its inception in 2011, the online store has carried 100% American made, hand-knit, scarves, hats, wrist warmers, bandanas and cowls. Inspired by Chicago's infamous, frigid winters, owner, Kristin Oldach, graduate of renowned SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), first launched her winter accessories line to keep customers warm and chic during the cold season. For more information about winter line specifics and pricing, go to and click on the 'store' tab.

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