Susan Crowder & Tom Skalak

Susan Crowder is a sculptor. She has been doing site-specific public projects for twenty years. Her work is an ongoing investigation of the evolution of our world due to our own actions and ideas. Her most recent work involves collaborations with scientists. Her most recent public projects and installations include Angus for the University of Virginia. Marriage Bed on East Capitol St. in Washington, DC, Endangered at the McLean Center for the arts and Running Cedar in Richmond, Virginia. She is one of the founders of the Science & Art Project. (For more information regarding the Science & Art Project, please visit

Tom Skalak is Vice President for Research and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. Dr. Skalak is a recognized expert in blood vessel remodeling and biomechanics. He is Program Director of the world’s largest bioengineering network, BMEplanet, connecting bioengineers in 45 countries spanning 6 continents. As Vice President for Research at UVa, Tom is responsible for the integration and enhancement of research activities across UVa’s eleven schools and multiple research centers. He is leading university-wide strategic planning activities, including multidisciplinary groups in environmental sustainability, innovation, and biosciences. During the last year, he led the launch of the Science & Art Project, bringing 300 faculty and community members together for cross-boundary collaborations. For more information regarding his work, please visit

Life Light Tower (2009)