Belonging by Sean T. Bailey in the Nicholson Gallery

A Photographic Exploration of the Social Disparities in the Biological Sciences

For a limited time, prints from Belonging can be purchased from The ArtsCenter for $350. A portion of proceeds will go towards supporting undergraduate research efforts. To purchase prints, email


  • Portraits: 24” x 24”
  • Still life Darkroom prints: 8×12” image with 11×14” mat supported by x-ray cassette

Artist Statement

My innate desire to study and understand the world’s natural and cultural complexities led me to degrees in zoology, anthropology, and a doctorate in genetics & molecular biology.  My approach invites one to explore oscillating perceptions marked by the path I chose.  I firmly believe that the physical photograph resonates in both of these areas of world. Through utilization of various analog formats and traditional darkroom printing techniques, I strive to construct a body of work that interconnects the tangible and intangible narrative of the world I have experienced.  It is in this space that I am present and open to others around me.

Project Summary

Minorities are so underrepresented in science that the federal government has enlisted specific grants to help institutions increase the diversity among their biomedical research programs. Many institutions have established programs like The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) to support the number of underrepresented groups in biomedical research. Belonging tells the story of individuals who overcame stereotypes, socio-economic difficulties, and history to pursue advanced degrees in biomedical research. The purpose of this project is to share the reality of what is still a biased and at times misinformed scientific culture. The individuals within the portraits are brilliant, overcoming adversities, and pushing the boundaries of science. However, the reality of what they experience and feel is not always easy to comprehend by those in the research community, and that is the central tenant of this project. Still life photographs utilizing everyday lab materials serve as a tangible connection between the science environment and the overarching theme. The outcome is meant to bring awareness and constructive conversation to the social disparities experienced within our scientific community.

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