Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Charles Falco

    on The Geography of Art & Optics

    Dr. Charles M. Falco is an experimental physicist who serves as chair of condensed matter physics and professor of optical sciences and physics at the University of Arizona.  He is well known for his work with light, optics and artistic discovery.  Falco spent eight years at Argonne National Laboratory, initially formed to carry out Fermi’s work on nuclear reactors as part of the Manhattan Project, and later designated as the first national laboratory in the United States focused primarily on nuclear physics, designing and building the first power-producing nuclear reactors. With the publication of the Hockney-Falco Thesis, Dr. Falco is best known for his exploration of the relationship between art, physics, and humanity.

    SESSION: AM Keynote | Location: Theater

  • Robert Beckmann

    on The Body of a House

    Robert Beckmann is a renowned artist, recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the State of Nevada in 1996, and a Nevada State Arts Council and the Western States Arts Foundation fellowship winner. Beckmann is best known for his paintings entitled The Body of a House, which has toured 20 museums across the United States and Russia, and is part of the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art. In this series of eight large-scale canvases, Beckmann reveals the rapid disassembly of a house by a nuclear explosion on the Nevada Test Site. Join Beckmann, in conversation, as he discusses the idea of “teaching creativity” through his personal journey to become the artist he is today.

    SESSION: PM Keynote | Location: Theater