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Bacteria Painting Workshops

October 3, 2019 / 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Bacteria Painting Workshop
Ever wanted to paint with life? Create your own work of bioart using microbes as “paint” and agar as a “canvas.” Hosted and Sponsored by The School of Visual Arts | Fine Arts Department in partnership with the American Society for Microbiology. Open to the public and no experience necessary!

*Participants must attend both sessions!

More information and registration


Thursday, October 3rd & Saturday October 5th, 2019, 3-6pm

School of Visual Arts,
Fine Arts Department
Bio Art Lab (3rd floor)
335 West 16th St.
New York, NY 10011

In this two part, hands-on workshop, you will create your own Agar Art using live microbes. Photos of the Agar Art created in this workshop are eligible to enter the American Society of Microbiology contest, which has been covered by media outlets in 12 countries, from Discovery to BBC News to The Huffington Post. For more contest details (including cash prizes + terms and conditions) visit:

PART 1: 10/03/18 Thursday 3PM-6PM
Participants will be given an introduction to working with microbes and learn how to use traditional biology lab techniques, but with an artistic spin. Bio Art Lab staff will provide a brief discussion about the bacteria used and how they have been genetically engineered to express fluorescent colors. After a demo of different application techniques, participants will be given individual stations to work on their invisible paintings, which will grow into microbial masterpieces after 48 hours.

PART 2: 10/05/18 Saturday 3PM-6PM
After incubation, participants will return to the SVA Bio Art Lab to observe the now visible bacterial paintings. Lab assistants will introduce a variety of post-production techniques to refine and edit the designs, such as printing them on paper. Stations for documenting the final works will be set up and a photograph of each submitted to the ASM Agar Art contest.

We have included a small fee this year to discourage empty RSVPs, but FREE for any SVA community member: Please email for discount code 🙂


October 3, 2019
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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BFA Fine Arts Department


SVA Bio Art Lab
335 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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