Winona State University will host “Math and Art: The Good, the Bad, and the Pretty” with Annalisa Crannell, professor of mathematics at Franklin & Marshall College, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Stark Hall room 103.

Crannell will discuss the mathematics behind perspective paintings, starting with simple rules and eventually leading to tricky puzzles. Crannell will also address why artists use vanishing points, and the difference between 1-point and 3-point perspective.

Crannell primarily researches topological dynamical systems, also known as “Chaos Theory.” She is also active in developing materials on Projective Geometry applied to Perspective Art. Crannell received the Mathematical Association of America’s most prestigious teaching award, the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award, in 2008.

Refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information call Joyati Debnath at 507-457-5876 or email


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