Debora Coombs, from Readsboro, Vermont had a Paper published, for the very first time, at an international math conference in 2020 that resulted in a show at The 2021 Mathematical Art Exhibition “for aesthetically pleasing works that combine mathematics and art. Her residency at PLAYA created inspiration for studying the mathemarical and artistic qualities of the hexagonal shapes found on the playa. 

Coombs’ award-winning stained glass has been exhibited, commissioned and collected internationally for over 30 years. A Fellow of the British Society of Master Glass Painters, the artist studied stained glass at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland; University of Wales, Swansea; and received her Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London, England, 1985. In 2018 Coombs ran a hands-on pilot project for children and community members at the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and contributed to a panel discussion chaired by Margaret Wertheim from the Institute For Figuring about the connections between art and mathematics. The focus of this one-day conference was STEM to STEAM; practical ways to bring the A for Art into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs in education.