Connecting Art and Nature

From amphibians to mammals, the University of Nebraska State Museum’s extensive zoology collection inspired "Tagged and Collected," a 2010 student art exhibit.

Patricia Freeman, museum curator and professor of natural resources, and Aaron Holz, associate professor of art and art history, teamed to allow Holz’s beginning painting class to view the research collection typically kept behind closed doors at the state’s premier natural history repository.

Each artist decided which specimens to portray, combining details biologists notice, such as species, geography and history, with the artistry of textures, colors and shadows. The project helped students refine their observational skills and examine connections between art and nature. Further collaborations are in the works.

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Tagged and Collected news release


The 2009-2010 Annual Report is published by the
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Vicki Miller, Monica Norby, Ashley Washburn, Elizabeth Banset, Office of Research and Economic Development

Contributing Writers:
Gillian Klucas, Kim Hachiya, Cara Pesek
Some articles are based on earlier stories from University Communications and IANR News Service and written by Kelly Bartling, Troy Fedderson, Sara Gilliam, Sandi Alswager Karstens, Daniel R. Moser, Judy Nelson, Tom Simons,
Steve Smith, Carole Wilbeck

Joel Brehm, Brett Hampton, Craig Chandler,
Alan Jackson/Jackson Studios, Greg Nathan,
Bruce Thorson, Robert Cope, Laurence Smith
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