Mathemalchemy Events


The BU Arts Initiative and BUs Department of Mathematics & Statistics are proud to bring  Mathemalchemy to Boston University in collaboration with BU Galleries. Mathemalchemy runs January 4 to 7 and January 19 to March 4 at 808 Gallery (808 Commonwealth Ave. Boston). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm.

Mathemalchemy is an art installation conceived by Duke professor Ingrid Daubechies and Canadian fiber artist Dominique Ehrmann.  A core team of 24 artistic mathematicians and mathematical artists, including Boston University professor Li-Mei Lim, came together to develop and fabricate the exhibit, which invites viewers into a beautiful and playful world of mathematics.  Through a variety of mediums and several narrative scenes, Mathemalchemy resonates with viewers on many levels and shows them that anyone can be a mathematician.  (photo credit: Kevin Allen)


All events will be held in the gallery

Friday, January 20th. 4:30 pm to 6 pm. Opening Reception. Light refreshments (no alcohol) will be served. Remarks at 5:10 pm. RSVP

Friday, February 24th. 10 am to 4:30 pm. Math, Art, & Education Symposium – featuring speakers and panel discussions Exploring the Intersections of Mathematics, Art, & Education. Free with registration. Speaker and panel details TBD. RSVP

Saturday, February 25th – 11 am to 3 pm. Family Day. Join members of the Mathemalchemy Team, artists, and math educators for a fun and educational exploration of the exhibit. The day will include hands-on activities for family members of all ages. RSVP

Friday, March 3rd – 4 pm to 5:30 pm. Artist Talk with Lead Mathemalchemy Artist Dominique Ehrmann. RSVP

Dominique Ehrmann is a fiber artist using quilting as her medium to tell stories. She knows the rules, patterns, and techniques. She uses them as a means to transport, express, touch and reinvent. First, a story emerges, and then it starts building up, taking shape, and growing in three dimensions. She assembles it in her head, designs it to the last detail, and once ready, she turns it into a sketch. Sketches become paper models, which then become patterns. With Stéphan, her husband and accomplice, she pushes back all limits and frontiers. Her artwork plays with the wind, defies gravity, and invites to exploration and interaction.