There seems to be a divide between science  and the people that are benefiting from science.  Everyday, scientists are using cutting edge research that informs, impacts and improves daily life. Additionally, scientists are more than just the numbers and data that they generate. This exhibition asks scientists to visually communicate the impact of their work and to visualize how they could improve the human condition in some tangible way. 


VUMS (the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Microbiome Society) is partnering with the Kefi Collective and ArtLab to bring you “#ARTiculateYourData”,  a digital exhibition focused on utilizing aesthetics to showcase the accessibility and social importance of scientific research. All forms of art will be accepted, from paintings to drawings to digital art. Individuals from all academic backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to participate. Art supplies will be provided to those who need them.


If you are interested in submitting a piece of artwork, we encourage you to post a picture of it on Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #ARTiculateYourData. Additionally, fill out the submission form below. The submission form will allow you to submit images of your piece(s). Submissions will be compiled into a digital exhibition and included in a graphical exhibition book. The book will be available for purchase. All proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Submissions will be accepted from March 1st to March 29th. 


Why you should submit:

Upon submitting work, you will be entered into a raffle and have the chance to win some great items! Prizes include: $50 Amazon gift card (2), $50 target gift card (2), Hydro Flask water bottle (2), coffee maker (1), & wireless speaker (1)


What is VUMS?

The purpose of the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Microbiome Society (VUMS) is to educate the local community about the microbiome and the field’s latest developments, to promote social and microbial diversity, and to help facilitate the distribution of fresh produce to underprivileged persons in Davidson County through a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.


What is Kefi?

Kefi is Vanderbilt’s Public Arts Organization, focused on increasing the accessibility and presence of art on the Vanderbilt campus. This fall Kefi distributed over 200 bags (containing over 700$ worth of materials) to students on campus, so that they could have access to art materials to destress (in a remote fashion) in the pandemic.