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Welsh Valley hosts Visiting Artist Deirdre Murphy to Explore Math in Art
Welsh Valley hosts Visiting Artist Deirdre Murphy to Explore Math in Art

After exploring geometric designs in the patterns of Gee's Bend quilts and Arabic mosaics, Katy Morris's Algebra classes welcomed visiting artist Deirdre Murphy to Welsh Valley Middle School to engage in a hands-on, interdisciplinary activity entitled, "Fluid Geometry."

Following a presentation and discussion of examples of geometry in art, Murphy - whose interest lies in the interconnected qualities of art and science - led eighth grade students in creating geometric artwork as they adorned the lobby windows with their mathematical and creative illustrations.

"Students are always looking for real applications of what they are learning," explained Morris. "This activity gives them an unexpected and refreshing way to use math."

In addition to being a Welsh Valley parent, Murphy has exhibited internationally and extensively in the United States in museums, galleries and institutions including Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Delaware, Minnesota, Washington and Oregon. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, most notably a Percent for the Arts sculpture commission, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship and a Leeway Foundation award, she has been an artist-in-residence at Lacawac Field Station (PA), Powdermill Nature Reserve (PA), Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (PA), Vermont Studio Center (VT) and Pouch Cove Artist Residency (St. Johns, Newfoundland). For more information, please click here.

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