bioart Residency



The Science Center has partnered with biotech company and uCity Square resident, Integral Molecular to host an artist-in-residence program focused on biotechnology.  The goal of this program is to provide access, opportunity and awareness for artists to explore the ever-changing world of biotechnology. 


“On a daily basis, scientists everywhere have an impact on medicine and public health, yet much of this is not visible outside the scientific community. We hope this program will begin changing this by promoting scientific engagement with the general public.”

Ben Doranz, President & CEO, Integral Molecular

Integral Molecular is a research-driven biotechnology company creating innovative technologies and a pipeline of therapeutic antibodies for under-exploited membrane protein targets, including GPCRs, ion channels, transporters, and viral envelopes. The Company has over a decade of experience in optimizing membrane proteins, enabling the isolation, characterization, and engineering of monoclonal antibodies against otherwise intractable membrane protein targets. Integral Molecular has worked with over 100 different partners and customers, including all of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.


The Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), which opened in 1977, uses the creative arts as a platform to explore relationships between art, science and technology. EKG seeks to positively impact the cultural life of both its immediate neighborhood of West Philadelphia and the broader Philadelphia community. EKG programming is designed to explore the range of art, science and technology exhibitions, and includes gallery talks, panel discussions, and education programs. 

Genefer Baxter (IMRSV Arts)

Marco Locatelli (IMRSV Arts)

Genefer Baxter is a German-American artist born in Philadelphia, PA. She has over five years of experience in event management and art curating. With her background in Marketing and Arts-based Research, she combines the Arts, the Sciences, and Business in a unique way, creating experiences which collaboratively explore the human condition.


Marco Locatelli is a mixed-media visual artist and product designer from Bergamo, Italy. Marco has over 7 years of experience in product design, engineering, and nanotechnology. In addition to leading production within IMRSV Arts, Marco uses 3D modeling and generative coding to explore expressionistic sculpture in the virtual space.


IMRSV Arts is an organization that uses new media technologies such as Augmented and Virtual Reality, Projection Mapping, and Light Design, to create interactive experiences. By combining art and data visualization, we aim to generate moments that build a dialogue between humans, online and in person.

Habitat - An Interactive Virtual Playground

Heather Dewey-Hagborg

November 2018 - January 2019

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places.


Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, the Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, the Van Abbemuseum, Transmediale and PS1 MOMA. Her work is held in public collections of the Centre Pompidou, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the New York Historical Society, among others, and has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to Art Forum and Wired.


Heather has a PhD in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is an artist fellow at AI Now, an Artist-in-Residence at the Exploratorium, and an affiliate of Data & Society.


She is also a co-founder and co-curator of REFRESH, an inclusive and politically engaged collaborative platform at the intersection of Art, Science, and Technology.

Deirdre Murphy

July - September 2018

Deirdre Murphy has been researching the effects of climate change on bird migration, using the visual data that scientists share with her to conceptualize and execute her paintings.  Her fascination with avian migratory patterns and the effects of global warming have led her research to Hawk Mountain Bird Sanctuary, Powdermill Nature Reserve and Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Science and most recently the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.


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. Her work has been exhibited at institutions including the Philadelphia International Airport, Palm Springs Museum of Art, Biggs Museum of American Art, New Bedford Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, most notably a Percent for the Arts sculpture commission (Dublin, CA) the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship and a Leeway Foundation award and most recently at Ecotopian Toolkit Award through the University of Pennsylvania. She is an artist-in-residence at BioArt Science Center and LACAWAC (PA), and has been an artist in residence at the Powdermill Nature Reserve (PA), Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (PA), Vermont Studio Center (VT) and Pouch Cove Artist Residency (St. Johns, Newfoundland).  Her work has been published in New American Paintings and Fresh Paint Magazine.  Murphy’s work can be found in many public and private collections including Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum, Temple University, AlphaMed Press and Gamblin Artists Colors.


Deirdre Murphy earned her MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute.  Murphy is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University and been a visiting artist at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania College of Design and University of Texas, Philadelphia University and Kent State University. Deirdre Murphy is represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery (Philadelphia), Boxheart Gallery (Pittsburgh) and Zinc Contemporary Gallery (Seattle).

Laura Splan

April - June 2018

Laura Splan is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores intersections of art, science, technology and craft. Her conceptually based projects examine the material manifestations of our mutable relationship with the human body. She reconsiders perceptions and representations of the corporeal with a range of traditional and new media techniques. She often combines the quotidian with the institutional to interrogate culturally constructed notions of order and disorder, function and dysfunction. Much of her work is inspired by experimentation with materials and processes, which she mines for their narrative implications and untapped potentials. For her current solo exhibition “Embodied Objects” at Occurrence (Montréal, QC), Splan used biosensors to create data-driven forms and computer generated patterns for digitally fabricated sculptures, tapestries and works on paper.


Splan's work has been included in exhibitions at Museum of Arts & Design (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY) and Beall Center for Art + Technology (Irvine, CA). Her work has been exhibited internationally in Iceland, South Korea, England, Germany, Sweden and beyond. Commissioned projects for her work have included soap residue paintings for the Center for Disease Control, computerized lace doilies modeled on corona viruses for the Gen Art New Media Art Exhibition, and sculptures for “Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS” at the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College. Her work is included in the collections of the Thoma Art Foundation, the NYU Langone Art Collection, the Institute for Figuring, and the UCSF Infectious Disease Department.

Reviews and articles including her work have appeared in The New York Times, American Craft, and Discover Magazine. Splan’s essays and interviews have been published in Art Practical, SciArt Magazine and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She received a Jerome Foundation Grant for research at venues including the Wellcome Museum (London, UK) and La Specola (Florence, IT). She has been awarded artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center and The Institute for Electronic Arts, and she received a Pollack Krasner Fellowship for The Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence program. Splan has spoken widely at a variety of venues including University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Exploratorium (San Francisco, CA), California College of Art, New York Academy of Sciences, The Center for Human-Computer Interaction (Salzburg, AT) and Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been a visiting lecturer on intersections of Art, Science, and Technology at Stanford University, Mills College, and University of Maine. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Orkan Telhan

September - November 2017

Orkan Telhan is Associate Professor of Fine Arts - Emerging Design Practices at University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He holds a Ph.D. in Design and Computation from MIT's Department of Architecture. He was part of the MIT Media Laboratory and MIT Design Laboratory.


Orkan Telhan’s work focuses on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility.  For the Art + Science Residency, Telhan will work with scientists at Integral Molecular to explore different ways of manipulating taste transduction by working with a variety of taste receptors, visualizing novel sensations on the tongue in humans and other animals. 


“Historically, my work has explored the future of food and taste from a number of different perspectives through the biosynthesis of novel flavors and designing experimental living artifacts,” says Telhan.  “This residency will allow me to focus on the tongue itself—which is the ultimate decision-maker that determines what we like or dislike. I am excited to work with Integral Molecular on the biochemistry of taste perception and find ways to make this invisible world more accessible to non-scientists.”

Angela McQuillan

Residency Director

Angela McQuillan is the Curator of the Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery. With both scientific and artistic backgrounds, Angela spent 10 years working as a research scientist before pursuing an artistic career. With a specific focus in biology, she is well versed in the technical aspects of scientific discourse as well as the creative side of art and exhibition making, and has curated over 25 art exhibitions to date.

Mina Zarfsaz

Residency Coordinator

Mina Zarfsaz is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and system thinker who works across the fields of art, philosophy, digital technology, and design. She has worked for a diverse range of organizations and educational institutions in different capacities, from an educator, a mentor, to a curriculum designer and R&D coordinator. She has also been engaged with the MixLab's research in the field of Innovation Design at the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship of Montclair State University for over two years. Zarfsaz currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds teaching appointments at Temple University, and Moore College of Art and Design.

Ben Doranz

President & CEO, Integral Molecular

Ben Doranz is President and CEO of Integral Molecular. Dr. Doranz co-founded the company in 2001 and has led all aspects of the company’s growth since its inception, bringing three different technologies from research to market and growing the company into a profitable commercial entity. He is an inventor on six of the company’s patents, the principal investigator on over 20 NIH grants, and an author on over 50 publications, including articles published in CellScience, and Nature

Dr. Doranz is an established life science entrepreneur previously responsible for directing the biotechnology program at the Port of Technology business incubator in Philadelphia and helping create startups at the Center for Technology Transfer at the University of Pennsylvania. 

David Clayton

Director, FirstHand

David Clayton is the Director of FirstHand, a STEAM education program at the Science Center, where he leads the development and implementation of community and youth outreach programs. David joined the Science Center in 2008 as the curator for the Esther Klein Gallery and initiated the arts, technology and science community outreach program that has since grown into FirstHand. He has curated over 20 different interactive exhibitions showcasing data visualization, augmented reality, robotics, video-game hacking and 3D printing.  He also co-curates the Ignite Philly speaker series.