“Extracting Purity”
Renee Kovalcheck
Blue Ribbon Award and Best in Show

Artist Statement:
This piece of artwork depicts the test on the iNOS protein called Gel Electrophoresis. This experiment involved manipulating the iNOS protein to extract the purest form. As the iNOS protein was manipulated, different shades of blue appeared, which the blue rings represent. Each panel portrays a different stage that iNOS protein experienced and the design is gradually moving down one inch per panel as it evolves into the purest form. The panels are intended to symbolize microscope slides; as if you were taking an enlarged look at the iNOS protein as it went through this process.


Gennie Burger
Red Ribbon Award

Artist Statement:
Developed off of the summer work done by Claire Kenney, my project focuses on the flow of blood through the body. The ability of iNOS to expand and contract blood vessels is portrayed through an abstract interpretation. Using intense hues of contrasting colors, I emphasized the fluidity of the red blood cells by placing a representation of a slide around its center emphasis. It represents both the natural flow of the blood and cells and the slides with which much scientific observation is done. I sought to keep the rhythm of my line moving through the piece to better display the idea of coursing blood.


Carolyn Baumgarten
White Ribbon Award

Artist Statement:
This piece is simply a representation of the gel electrophoresis chart that the purification project produced, but using different colors. The symmetry that is naturally found in gel electrophoresis charts transfers well into the realm of art because the asymmetry is aesthetically pleasing. The simplicity of the finished piece is also representative of the simplicity that results from the purification process undergone throughout the experiment.

“Candied Blood Vessel”
Marissa Visconsi
Honorable Mention Award

Artist Statement:
My candy blood vessel was inspired by Claire Kenney’s iNOS research presentation. In my project I tried to recreate a real blood vessel out of candy. I replaced actual parts of an artery with various candies. For instance, for the tunica adventitia, I used Twizzlers. Integrating candy and science helps make science interesting and fun!

Gilmour Academy
Gates Mills, OH

Instructor: Cynthia Lowry
Science Intern: Claire Kenney
Science Intern Research Project:

The Change in Protein Concentration and Activity
Throughout the Process of Isolating iNOS Full-length Protein

Click on the research project title above to learn
about the science that inspired the art below.