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Fusing Art with Science: 'I'd Like a Faster Maggot'

Forensic entomologists and NAFEA members (from left) Royce Cumming of Salinas Valley, Bob Kimsey of UC Davis and Greg Nigoghosian of Purdue engage in a maggot art activity. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"I'd like a faster maggot." So said a little boy working on his maggot art project last Sunday afternoon, July 9, at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis. The occasion: a special open house with special presenters, members of North American...

Forensic entomologists and NAFEA members (from left) Royce Cumming of Salinas Valley, Bob Kimsey of UC Davis and Greg Nigoghosian of Purdue engage in a maggot art activity. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Forensic entomologists and NAFEA members (from left) Royce Cumming of Salinas Valley, Bob Kimsey of UC Davis and Greg Nigoghosian of Purdue engage in a maggot art activity. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Forensic entomologists and NAFEA members (from left) Royce Cumming of Salinas Valley, Bob Kimsey of UC Davis and Greg Nigoghosian of Purdue engage in a maggot art activity. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis graduate student Alexander Dedman (left),  who studies with major professor Robert Kimsey, watches as NAFEA member Greg Nigoghosian of Purdue dips a maggot into its
UC Davis graduate student Alexander Dedman (left), who studies with major professor Robert Kimsey, watches as NAFEA member Greg Nigoghosian of Purdue dips a maggot into its "bath": non-toxic, water-based paint. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis graduate student Alexander Dedman (left), who studies with major professor Robert Kimsey, watches as NAFEA member Greg Nigoghosian of Purdue dips a maggot into its "bath": non-toxic, water-based paint. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Maggot art in action. Sometimes it's a short wait while the maggot crawls around. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Maggot art in action. Sometimes it's a short wait while the maggot crawls around. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Maggot art in action. Sometimes it's a short wait while the maggot crawls around. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of maggot art by Neel Fulde, 7, of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of maggot art by Neel Fulde, 7, of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of maggot art by Neel Fulde, 7, of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

NAFEA member Royce Cumming of Salinas Valley and 6-year-old Olivia Storms of Davis show their maggot art paintings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
NAFEA member Royce Cumming of Salinas Valley and 6-year-old Olivia Storms of Davis show their maggot art paintings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

NAFEA member Royce Cumming of Salinas Valley and 6-year-old Olivia Storms of Davis show their maggot art paintings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One of the forensic entomology displays at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
One of the forensic entomology displays at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One of the forensic entomology displays at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This poster shows the life cycle of a fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This poster shows the life cycle of a fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This poster shows the life cycle of a fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Want to Try Your Hand at Maggot Art?

Artists creating Maggot Art at the 2017 UC Davis Picnic Day celebration at Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Want to try your hand at Maggot Art? If you've ever visited Briggs Hall during the annual campuswide Picnic Day at the University of California, Davis, you probably know about Maggot Art, an arts-and-crafts activity that fuses entomology with art. Every...

Artists creating Maggot Art at the 2017 UC Davis Picnic Day celebration at Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Artists creating Maggot Art at the 2017 UC Davis Picnic Day celebration at Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Artists creating Maggot Art at the 2017 UC Davis Picnic Day celebration at Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Maggot Art activity at the 2017 UC Davis Picnic Day drew a long line of eager artists. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Maggot Art activity at the 2017 UC Davis Picnic Day drew a long line of eager artists. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Maggot Art activity at the 2017 UC Davis Picnic Day drew a long line of eager artists. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A maggot in action, creating Maggot Art. Artists can guide the movement of the maggots. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A maggot in action, creating Maggot Art. Artists can guide the movement of the maggots. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A maggot in action, creating Maggot Art. Artists can guide the movement of the maggots. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some art critics compare the abstract lines of Maggot Art to the work of American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. Some lines are straight and simplistic, others, curved and crisscrossed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Some art critics compare the abstract lines of Maggot Art to the work of American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. Some lines are straight and simplistic, others, curved and crisscrossed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some art critics compare the abstract lines of Maggot Art to the work of American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. Some lines are straight and simplistic, others, curved and crisscrossed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

 
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