A single light shining through a spherical latice that projects a grid of perfectly square areas of light on the surface on which the sphere rests.

Art by Number

October 9—November 27, 2021



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Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty. — Bertrand Russell, 1919

A 2014 study showed that for mathematicians, looking at an elegant equation activates the same area of the brain activated when others see a beautiful painting. While this study offered scientific proof, the connection between art, beauty, and mathematics has long been evident. Art by Number explores this connection through work resulting from or inspired by mathematics.



Participating Artists

Friday, October 8

Opening Reception
4 - 6pm in Guenzel Gallery

Artist talk with Gabriele E. Meyer
5pm in Guenzel Gallery


Saturday, November 20

Family Art Day: Tessellations
9am - noon in the youth studios


Download the exhibition brochure.

Two views of a blue and white tree-like sculpture. In one, leaf paddles are aligned in a double helix. In another they are evenly spaced around like pieces of a pinecone.John Edmark

John Edmark is an artist and designer whose explorations range from organically inspired cellular and kinetic works to products for storage, kitchen, and creative play. In addition to teaching classes in design fundamentals, product design, animation, and color in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford, John is a graduate adviser to students in the Joint Program in Design.

Learn about how John's art explores the mathematical lives of plants.

White ceramic octahedron with a raised fractal curve flowing across the faces

Robert Fathauer

Robert Fathauer, who started as an experimental physicist, currently runs the small business Tessellations, which includes The Dice Lab. His interests include recreational mathematics, designing and producing math-related products, writing books on tessellations and related topics, and creating and curating exhibitions of mathematical art.

Watch Robert explain how to fold a fractal curve.


A white, irregular hexagon made from slanting planes of paper that form six, six-pointed stars inside.

Colin Hunter

Colin Hunter is a self-taught artist based out of Ann Arbor Michigan. He creates both 3-D paper sculptures and 2-D designs using technical drawing, computer-aided design, and mathematic algorithms as well as traditional and nontraditional geometric principles. Colin’s work stems from his interests in geometry, Islamic tiling, architecture, science, technology, calculus, and nature.


A series of figures circled in overlapping white ovals on a dark grey ground. Each figure is a series of nine dots in the shape of a rhombus. The dots are encloded in different colored ovals, like how you might stretch colored rubber bands over pegs.

James Mai

James Mai is a professor of painting at Illinois State University. He has participated in over 200 exhibitions of paintings, digital prints, and photographs in the US, Europe, and Asia. James has made over 25 national and international presentations and publications on color, composition, and art & mathematics. His ongoing research interests are in analytical psychology, archetypal symbolism, mythology, and archaeoastronomy.


A crochet, pale pink and white disc with edges so flared that they form large ruffles, curling to either side. It is a hyperbolic surface.

Gabriele E. Meyer

Gabriele E. Meyer was born in Tubingen, Germany. She completed her Zwischenprufung for Mathematics and English at University Tubingen, and an MS in Computer Science and Ph.D in Mathematics at Cornell University. Since then, she has taught at Brown University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


A white, spherical latice shell with a light shining through it in such a way that it projects a grid of perfect squares of light onto the surface on which it sits.light

Henry Segerman

Henry Segerman is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University. His research interests are in three-dimensional geometry and topology, and in mathematical art and visualization. In visualization he works in 3D printing, spherical video, virtual, and augmented reality. He is the author of the book Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing.


A horizontal rectangle is divided in half. The right side is painted a dull chartreause with white and puce specks. The left side is divided between white and green verticle stripes, that gradually get narrower and darker as they move farther from the center division. An X formed by two thin black lines connecting opposite corners spans the page. More lines radiate from the top left corner of the page to the bottom right corner of each stripe, intersecting the left edge of each stripe where it crosses the line going from the bottom left corner of the page to the top lright corner.

Felicia Tabing

Felicia Tabing is an artist based in Los Angeles, CA whose work combines mathematics and art. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2015, and currently is a lecturer at the University of Southern California, where she has taught a seminar in mathematics and art. Her current work involves representing how she experiences synesthesia.


A sphere on which a scene of artists painting using different parspective systems is painted in six-point perspective

Dick Termes

Dick Termes has been making on spherical paintings, which he calls Termespheres, since 1968. He received his MA from the University of Wyoming and his MFA from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Chapters on his spheres can be found in books like Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí, & the Artists of Optical Illusion; M.C. Escher’s Legacy: A Centennial Celebration; and Mathematics and Art, among others.

Courtesy of Termesphere gallery in Spearfish South Dakota


A wood square with different sized red, yellow, blue, and white cubes gathered inside a circle in the center

Tia Wierenga

Tia Wierenga is known for her highly rational, often meticulous, works of art using leftover materials or found objects. Graduating from Calvin College in 2012, Tia majored in art and minored in architecture, while also taking two years of engineering coursework. Accordingly, much of her work explores the connection between art and mathematics by creating pieces that are governed by the grid and mathematical sequencing.


A paper lantern with complex curves made by precise pleating

Jiangmei Wu

Jiangmei Wu is an interdisciplinary scholar, making spatial and interior art and design projects involving mathematics, science, and engineering. Her origami-inspired, large-scale installations have been exhibited internationally. In addition to winning several awards for her art and design works, she also holds three US patents for her innovative design techniques.

Photo Courtesy of Tingge Guo