Where art and science collide: Robert Kiltz studio on tour
Art has always played a role in this scientist's life.
Dr. Robert Kiltz, a native Californian, began his artistic career at a young age. Initially working with wood and metal in primary school, he moved to silver jewelry making and ceramics in high school.
Kiltz purchased his first pottery wheel at the age of 16 and sold his artwork on the streets of Westwood, Calif. This is the same wheel he uses today.
"Science and art are not so dissimilar," said Kiltz, who has one of the most successful fertility practices in Upstate New York. "You have the facts of how things work and respond but there is another element that we do not understand about function. You must also use your imagination and think outside the box in order to be creative. Learning from others yet trying to take things to the next step. Ultimately improving outcome and form."
In college he minored in art while majoring in human sciences. He went to Los Angeles City College, then transferred to the University of Southern California. He took most of his art courses at LACC. Besides ceramics he studied drawing, design and lettering. He said he was considering graphic design or economics / business, and then in a round about move he subsequently chose medicine.
"I went to UC Davis for medical school and there I was able to continue my artistic endeavors," he said. "There was a great art and ceramics studio for students. Through out my residency and fellowship I worked mostly with wood and made furniture."
He found human ART - assisted reproductive technologies - his professional passion. Kiltz's CNY Fertility Center, located on Intrepid Lane in Syracuse, is a tribute to his appreciation of both the technical and the spiritual side of medicine.