Insects, Naturalists, Dioramas, and World Travels

<strong>Joianne Bittle</strong>, <em> Jewel Beetle (ventral view)<em>, 2007 graphite on paper 44 x 90.5 inches
Joianne Bittle, Jewel Beetle (ventral view), 2007 graphite on paper 44 x 90.5 inches

Date: March 19, 2010
Time: 8:00
Admission: $5.00

Curious Expeditions and Observatory present a talk of insects, world travel, and art with Joianne Bittle, contributing artist to the current Observatory show Entomologia, and diorama artist for the American Museum of Natural History.

Artist Joianne Bittle will discuss her series of beetle paintings, A Royal Family, as well as her large, four-paneled graphite drawing of the jewel beetle from Southeast Asia. These works are the result of six years of observing, from life, four different types of beetle specimens. Watch an image timeline of diorama projects she has completed at the American Museum of Natural History and learn about the naturalists and scientists at the Museum who have inspired her work. In addition, Bittle will discuss influential artists, her travels around the world as well as her current paintings and drawings of the black-tailed jackrabbit and its harsh environment, the desert.

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