Winners Announced for Innovative 3M Art and Technology Award at Mia

“Molly Reichert and Ben Arcand, of the Twin Cities, have been awarded funding to support the development of their invention, under the working title of “Divining Rods”. The project is a technology-based reimagining of the ancient tools once used to find things of value – such as precious gems or fresh water.  The new electronic versions will guide visitors to discover new artworks in the museum based on their responses to other artworks.  The winners will have the opportunity to work with Mia staff and the companies involved in the judging to implement their idea and engage museum audiences in the galleries in the coming months.  There were a total of 89 contestants who entered the contest from all over the U.S.”  – http://new.artsmia.org/press/

Ben Arcand is an engineer and product innovator with over 10 years of experience in the medical devices industry. Dr. Arcand has contributed to close to 50 published patent applications and is named on 18 medical device patents.  His product development interests range over a variety of clinical areas and he has been passionate in understanding and promoting creativity and innovation methods through his industry work and former role as Director of the Innovation Fellows Program at the University of Minnesota’s Medical Devices Center.  He continues to develop new technologies through his own venture in veterinary medical devices with a company he co-founded with his partners, ArteMedics, LLC.

Molly Reichert is an architectural researcher, designer, and educator based in Minneapolis, MN. As both a teacher and practitioner, Molly fluidly integrates the disciplines of architecture, art, design, urbanism and the exploration of our relationships to each of these. Her work centers around connecting ideas through design and construction of new social spaces. Molly was educated at Smith College and UC Berkeley and has taught at UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, University of Minnesota and is a founding faculty member of the first professional Architecture degree at Dunwoody College of Technology. Besides her personal practice and teaching, Molly is a partner in the public art collaborative, Futures North.