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  • About the art and the exhibition or this website
    • Dr. Punya Mishra; Email:; Phone: (517) 353 7211
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About Deep-Play: Creativity in Math & Art through Visual Wordplay

 “Deep-Play: Creativity in Math and Art Through Visual Wordplay” is now open in the MSU Museum’s Art-Science-Creativity Gallery. The exhibit introduces “ambigrams” to bring together the mathematics of symmetry, the elegance of typography, and the psychology of visual perception. This visual wordplay uses interaction and perspective: how the letters interact with one another, interplay in the space, and focal points. For example, some ambigrams might be read the same forwards and backwards or rotated at 90-degree angles, some can be read using mirrors to reflect them, and others require lighting, 3D effects or oversize designs to make sense.”Deep Play” presents a range of ambigrams, from the very basic to the very challenging, that will give visitors a sensory workout. Mishra himself created the ambigrams in the exhibit, and his work has recently been featured on Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel. As an educator Mishra’s research is focused on creativity and seeing connections between mathematics and art.

About Dr. Punya Mishra

The visual wordplay designs and poems here have all been created and written by Punya Mishra (unless indicated otherwise). Punya when not playing with Ambigrams and other forms of visual wordplay, is Professor of Educational Technology at the College of Education at Michigan State University. His current research focuses on teacher creativity, on identifying creative ways of thinking that cut across disciplines and the role that new digital technologies can play in this process. Punya is an award winning instructor and a gifted, creative and engaging public speaker, having made multiple keynote and invited presentations for associations and conferences nationally and internationally. He is also an accomplished visual artist and poet. You can find out more about him by going to

About MSU Museum

The MSU Museum is the science and culture museum at Michigan State University and the state’s first Smithsonian Affiliate.  The museum features three floors of special collections and changing exhibits and is open seven days a week with admission by donation. The MSU Museum is located on 409 West Circle Drive next to Beaumont Tower on the MSU campus. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10a.m. -5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, call (517) 355-2370 or see

The Art-Science-Creativity Gallery often presents work from faculty and students in a number of disciplines across campus and gives visitors a chance to explore topics in different ways, make new connections, and deepen experiences in discovery and learning.