Leonardo Education and Art Forum

The Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) is a Leonardo Working Group that promotes the advancement of artistic research and academic scholarship at the intersections of art, science, and technology. Serving practitioners, scholars, and students who are members of the Leonardo community, LEAF is a forum for collaboration and exchange with other scholarly communities, such as the College Art Association of America (CAA).


Registration is now open for the Leonardo Education and Arts Forum (LEAF) Workshop. The workshop is organized in collaboration with the Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) and in conjunction with CCA’s inaugural biennial, Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology. Paul Thomas, associate professor and director of Fine Art Honours, University of New South Wales, and Stephanie Owens, visiting assistant professor of Studio Art and director of the Cornell Council for the Arts, will lead the workshop, which will take place on Saturday, 20 September, at Cornell University. The event will bring contemporary scholars, artists, scientists and theorists in art and science together to create the aims, objectives, attributes, bibliography and coursework necessary to establish a fundamental set of considerations that would enable students to meaningfully engage in an integrated study of studio art and research-based science. Find out more

We are pleased to announce that Andrés Burbano has been appointed as the International Representative of LEAF. Andrés will take over the role previously held by longtime representative Paul Thomas. Andrés, originally from Colombia, is a media arts practitioner and media history scholar. He is an assistant professor in the Design and Architecture School at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as a researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara, currently working on a NSF–funded project entitled “James Bay Cultural Atlas,” led by George Legrady. As LEAF International Representative, Andrés plans to work towards the creation and consolidation of experimental academic events related to the LEAF mission and would like to establish more dynamic communication along the axes from south to north and from east to west.

Join the Leonardo Education and Art Forum

LEAF is open to all individuals who are interested in the issues addressed by Leonardo. Participation in LEAF elections is reserved for subscribers to Leonardo journal. Some events at the annual College Art Association (CAA) conference require conference registration.

Join LEAF: Those who wish to become involved with LEAF should send a brief bio and contact chair David Familian at dfamilia@uci.edu

2014 Chair: David Familian

LEAF International Representative: Andrés Burbano

Upcoming Chairs: Suzanne Anker (Chair Elect, 2015), JD Talasek (Chair Elect, 2016).

Past Chairs: Ioannis Yessios, Amy Ione, Eddie Shanken, Andrea Polli, Victoria Vesna, Nina Czegledy, Ellen K. Levy, Patricia Olynyk, Adrienne Klein

View an archive of selected past LEAF activities (compiled by Paul Thomas)

Listen to a podcast of 2008-09 Chair Andrea Polli talking with Lee Montgomery of Neighborhood Public Radio at ISEA 2006 about Leonardo Education and Art Forum (previously known as Leonardo Education Forum)

Become a member of Leonardo: http://www.leonardo.info/members.html

Updated 15 September 2014