Student's interactive piece joins exhibit of the intersection of art and computer science

October 29, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University student's smart phone-interactive piece is among three new works celebrating the intersections of computer science and artistic expression.

The installations mark the 50th anniversary of the Department of Computer Science, and the works will be on exhibit at the Lawson Computer Science Building through the academic year.

Haley A. Richardson, a senior studying visual communication design, created a multilevel timeline of the past 50 years of computer science at Purdue that includes important names, events, and a glimpse of the technological context. Built into the timeline are quick response codes that take smart phone-equipped viewers to videos and other interactive elements on the Internet. "CS 50th Timeline" is on display on the first floor.

West Lafayette resident Clifford B. Peterson created four series of digital prints, titled "The Quartet Collection." Peterson alters and multiplies an original painting or photograph into hundreds or thousands of variations, utilizing techniques such as extreme enlargement or reduction, simplification and complexification, transformation and layering, cropping and selection, and permutation and combination. His work is on display on the third floor, in the Leadership Suite and in the Undergraduate Office.

David Spellmeyer added photographs to his work, "Urban Geometry," which is on display on the third floor. The black and white photographs of cityscapes are captured, processed and printed using a digital workflow. Spellmeyer's photographs seek out surprising angles and rare light patterns in otherwise familiar scenes. Spellmeyer was recognized in 2011 as an outstanding alumnus of the computer science department. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1983.

Associate Professor of Art and Design Petronio Bendito's "Experience Color" and computer science professor Greg N. Frederickson's "A Parade of Algorithmic Mathematical Art" continue their exhibition from the 2011-2012 academic year. Both are on display on the second floor. More information is available at

Writers: Elizabeth K. Gardner, 765-494-2081,

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Source: Jean Jackson, manager of corporate relations for the Department of Computer Science, 765-494-6180,


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