Professional Experience

1998-Present Exhibit Developer, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

1995 –1998 Exhibit Director, Willamette Science and Technology Center (WISTEC), Eugene, OR. 

Public Art Commissions

2011 Windswept, San Francisco Arts Commission for the Randal Museum, San Francisco, CA

2011 Butterfly Wall, San Francisco Arts Commission for San Francisco International Airport,
Terminal 2, San Francisco, CA

2006 Wave Wall, Science Education Center, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave
Observatory (LIGO), Livingston LA (with Shawn Lani, Peter Richards and LIGO scientific
staff)

Group Exhibitions

2007 Phenomenon, 2501 Bryant St., San Francisco, CA

2007 Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA

2006 Reconsidered Materials, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

2001 Chain Reaction, Exploratorium

2001 1° Below Zero, Exploratorium

2000 Moth Light, Exploratorium

2000 Chain Reaction, Exploratorium

Residencies

2005 Artist in Residence, with Shawn Lani at Materials Research Science
and Engineering Center, James Franck Institute, University of Chicago, IL 

2008 Art/Science Lab Residency, Deegan Nonlinear Science Laboratory, University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Awards

2007 Design Award, Wave Wall. New Orleans chapter American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Talks and Publications

2010 Sowers, C., Hesse-Honegger, C., Thys, T. (2010) Visualizing Science, Panel Discussion,
Swissnex, San Francisco, CA

2007 Sowers, C. (2007) Delight, Wonder, and Curiosity: Engaging Visitors at the
Exploratorium. Colloquium, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of
California, Irvine, CA

2007 Sowers, C., Lani, S. (2006) Chasing Down Phenomena, guest lecturer for T. Humphrey’s
San Francisco Art Institute Class, Science 110, Art and Phenomena

2006 Sowers, C. (2006) Exploring Emergence. Presentation at the 2006 Annual Workshop,
Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, Santa Fe, NM

2006 Sowers, C., Lani, S. (2006) Chasing Down Phenomena, guest lecturer for T. Humphrey’s
San Francisco Art Institute Class, Science 110, Art and Phenomena

2005 Sowers, C., Lani, S. (2005) Exploring Wonder, talk given at Chicago Materials Research
Center, James Franck Institute, University of Chicago, Hyde Park, IL

2005 Sowers, C. (2005) Playing APE: Debating the Role of Play in an Inquiry Exhibit
Development and Research Project, presentation as part of a workshop titled, Designing
Exhibits for Exploratory Play, at The Bay Area Institute, Center for Informal Learning and
Schools, San Francisco, CA

2005 Sowers, C. (2005) Contributing author, Gutwill, Humphrey et. al., Fostering Active
Prolonged Engagement: The Art of Creating APE Exhibits. San Francisco:
Exploratorium. ISBN 0-943451-59-0

2005 Sowers, C. (2005) Spinning Patterns: An APE Tale, ASTC Dimensions. Washington, DC:
Association of Science and Technology Centers, November/December 2005.

2005 Sowers, C. (2005) Shifting Authority. Presentation at Designing for Active Prolonged
Engagement Exhibit Development Workshop, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

2004 Sowers, C. (2004) Thermal Impressions, in Orselli, P. (2004) Cheapbook 3: A
Compendium of Inexpensive Exhibit Ideas. Washington, DC: Association of Science and
Technology Centers

Education

Oberlin College, Oberlin OH. B.A. Anthropology, 1989