Technically Beautiful

Last week, Technically Beautiful opened. It is a math-art show that I helped put together (with another math teacher and a museum educator) at our school. We have a small teaching gallery at my school, and we wanted to do something special for this space which capitalized on our expertise. That is how Technically Beautiful came into being.

Technically Beautiful Card Art Draft 4 - 640px.jpgThe poster for the show. The name, by the way, came from a #MTBoS tweep!

In this post, I wanted to share with you the gallery virtually. (In a future post, whenever I get a chance to breathe, I’d love to talk about the programming we made around the show and possibly a bit about how the show actually came into being.)

Here’s a walkthrough video of the gallery:

Here’s our vision statement for the show:

The website for the show is here. The five artists featured in the show are: George Hart, Edmund Harriss, Veronika Irvine, the Oakes Twins, and Paul Salomon.

And lastly, here are photos of many of the pieces:





  1. My heart quickens for fractals! I also love the four wooden carved pieces! Did the artists make the curved frames? What are they made of? Porcelain? Paper? Wood?
    I want to share this with my kids, and I would love to create this with someone in my art department. They have a hallway gallery that would be perfect for this!

      1. After reading about the curved easel, I realize that is how I see naturally. My eyes do not focus together, a natural monovision, if you will. It has challenged my drawing ability to no end! Do you know where I might find their email? It doesn’t seem to be on the sites I located. I will keep looking.

  2. Hi,

    My name is Tina Jordahl and I am currently a pre-service teacher hoping soon to be teaching in a high school. I have really enjoyed reading this post (as well as your others), as it provides an idea of how to creatively reinvent students ideas of what mathematics is and what mathematics can truly be. Your vision statement is absolutely wonderful, and I think really speaks to what we want our students to see from mathematics – though they are commonly so bogged down my these procedures, and formulas and numbers and things like that. I would love to know if this vision statement was just created by the teachers or if the students had some input? If they did not, was there a discussion about this idea in the show? As a future teacher, this is something I really hope to implement in my school or at least in my classroom, as most students do not ever get to experience mathematics as the art form it truly is. I think it also lets students who do struggle with those routine procedures be reminded that they can to be a “math person” as some may say.

    1. Hi Tina! Sorry I have to be brief — about to run! But this was a vision statement crafted just by teachers. The whole show was designed by me, another math teacher, and a museum educator/art teacher. I do hope that perhaps kids were inspired enough that one day in the next couple years, some of them will create their own math art (or perhaps create a collective math art gallery).

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