“It is a cliché to state that enthusiasm is contagious, but it is true. Diana is the kind of student any professor would want in the classroom, working diligently and carefully with evident enthusiasm and deep engagement.”
-Professor Richard Barlow, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Interlochen 2012)
My name is Diana Eve Connolly. I am an undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. I was born in San Francisco, lived in Newton, MA for the first 5 years of my life, and spent the rest of my years growing up in Palo Alto, CA.
This site serves as a collection of my exploration thus far of my two passions: art and science. Although the art world and the science world may be thriving in their own way, it is useless unless the human race has access to it. What gives purpose and meaning to artistic creations or scientific discoveries is how they affect the human race as a whole. With this in mind, I believe it is my generation’s responsibility to step up to the plate in bridging the gap between the two worlds.
With my past years of experience creating magazine cover images and article illustrations as the Art Director of Verde Magazine, Palo Alto Senior High School’s news magazine, I know how extremely powerful art can be in spreading ideas to a wide population. I aspire to dedicate my life’s work to bridging the gap between art and science. To do so, I am studying both science and art at Carnegie Mellon University in hopes of becoming a scientific illustrator for a magazine that has the ability to affect many people- such as the well-known academic magazine Scientific American, which dedicates itself to spreading new scientific findings to its wide and eclectic readership. I have seen art’s power in spreading important, complex ideas to the entirety of a public high school of 2,000 students and the surrounding community of approximately 5,000 people, so why can’t art do the same for the rest of the world?