Dr. Russell Stoneback is a physicist, software developer, musician, and visual artist, whose work explores the intersection of Science and Art, where the advancement of science and support for artistic expression are fundamentally intertwined. He grew up in Thousand Oaks, California, moved to Austin, Texas with his family as a teenager, and now currently resides in the Dallas area. He earned a B.S. in Physics at the University of Texas, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Stoneback continued on with academic research in space science, typically funded by NASA and other government agencies, with a focus on ionospheric electrodynamics and satellite instrumentation. Dr. Stoneback’s final academic position was an Assistant Professor of Physics at The University of Texas at Dallas before starting his own business in 2021 to focus on science and art.

Russell’s interest in the intersection of science and art began as a physics undergraduate student that started learning to play guitar while also working on refurbishing home interiors. Russell began to combine his skills in construction and physics with his interest in music by designing and building personal electric guitars. This project culminated in the creation of a whole new class of musical instruments, those that make music using the resonance of electromagnetic waves (light) in the same way acoustic instruments use the resonance of sound waves. Using light as sound supports a whole new field of physics for creating musical instruments. Russell earned 3 U.S. Patents for his development of the light guitar along with his Ph.D. in Physics.

Science as Art

The universe is filled with wonders, many of which are not directly visible. Typically these invisible wonders are only accessible using high-level math and physics, leaving most people disconnected from science and unable to appreciate these wonders. The growing disconnect between people and achievements in science may be one of the factors preventing the adoption of practices consistent with our new knowledge. I use my skills and experience in science to make the wonders and beauty in the universe accessible to all, enabling an emotional connection with science, in the hope that we can build upon that foundation.


Visual Art

Upcoming Exhibitions

Apex Uncertainty – Low – Altitude – ECEF-Geodetic (inferno_r), Center for Contemporary Arts, TX

Public Installations

Visualizing Music – The University of Texas at Dallas Science Building

Science and Software

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