Abstract # 13292 Event # 126:

Scheduled for Friday, August 23, 2019 01:30 PM-02:30 PM: (Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium) Featured Speaker


A WORKING LIFE IN SCIENCE AND ART: PRIMATES, TURTLES, COMIC BOOKS, AND THE SENSE OF WONDER

S. D. Nash1,2,3
1NashArt, Inc., 10 Bayles Avenue, Stony Brook, New York 11790-2122, USA, 2Department of Anatomical Sciences, Stony Brook University, NY, 3IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group
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     Stephen Nash’s first “publications” - a poster, two stickers, and a t-shirt, all depicting the Muriqui (Brachyteles arachnoides) - were part of a 1982 conservation education experiment conceived by Russ Mittermeier and his Brazilian colleagues. The original artwork was done in ink on paper, and oil paint on canvas, at a time when computers were noisy, room-sized machines with little to offer an art student. The experiment continues to this day, however, aided by all the possibilities presented by email, the World Wide Web, and the rest of the amazing digital environment more and more of us inhabit. In this presentation, Nash reflects upon his more than three decades as a scientific illustrator, and upon the sometimes very surprising influences which led to his attempt to visually document every recognized taxon of our closest zoological relatives, the challenges in trying to keep up with the latest primatological discoveries, and the direction in which his work is now going.