Artist Lindsay Olson talks about Fermilab residency – Sept. 11 in art gallery

Lindsay Olson stands by "Discoveries," a textile piece. Photo: Bree Corn

Lindsay Olson stands by “Discoveries,” a textile piece. Photo: Bree Corn

Lindsay Olson began learning particle physics by immersion almost a year ago, in November 2014, when she became Fermilab’s first artist in residence. She dove head-first into books and periodicals on particle physics; spent hundreds of hours at Fermilab and at CERN in Switzerland talking with operators, engineers and scientists; and even took a number of Fermilab safety training courses.

Now in the final stretch of her residency, Olson will show newly completed art work and works in progress and speak informally about her project at an open-studio event on Friday, Sept. 11, from 3-5 p.m. in the Fermilab Art Gallery.

“This experience has stretched my understanding of the universe,” Olson said. “It’s been the high point of my career to be artist in residence here.”

Olson will show works inspired by the Standard Model, neutrinos, dark matter and accelerator operations. She is also creating a number of illuminated books expressing how high-energy physics relates not only to the discovery of particles but also to the origins of the universe.

Olson has already held several shows of her work on particle physics. She has also shared her work with local associations, student groups and clubs.

“I love the inspiring atmosphere at Fermilab,” she said.

Come to Friday’s event to find out what inspired her.