Helen Cowen Gunsaulus earned her Bachelor of Philosophy (Ph.B.) at the University of Chicago in 1908. She went on to be curator at several important institutions in Chicago, including as a curator at the Field Museum. Childhood and Education Gunsaulus was born in Maryland in April 1886. She was the Continue Reading
Olive Muriel Pink: Artist, Conservationist, Aboriginal Rights Activist
Olive Muriel Pink would spent a decade conducting research on the eastern Arrernte of Alice Springs and the Warlpiri of the Tanami region. She grew to be a passionate activist for aboriginal rights (in fact, historian Julie Marcus suggests that Pink ultimately left academia because she felt it was not serving her activist goals).
Ethel King: Fish Artist Extraordinaire
Preparation of a Queensland groper by Ethel King 1926. In the 1920’s a group of women artists, working mostly on commission and in insecure, part-time positions, helped create a new visual identity for the Australian Museum. They used their training in applied art and design to produce innovative and colorful Continue Reading
Harriet and Helena Scott: Natural History Artists
The Scott sisters were the finest natural history painters in colonial New South Wales (NSW), Australia. In the 1850’s they began transforming nature into art by creating intricate depictions of Australian butterflies and moths.
John Tyley: Caribbean Botanical Illustrator in a Colonial World
John Tyley, watercolor on paper of [Fruit], ca. 1802 John Tyley worked as a botanical illustrator at the historic St. Vincent Botanical Garden in the late 1700s creating exquisite depictions of tropical plants.¹ Aside from the beautiful and detailed illustrations he left behind, little is known of this native Caribbean Continue Reading
Maria Sibylla Merian: Botanical Illustrator, Entomologist, and Explorer Ahead of Her Time
Illustration of a Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) and a False Coral Snake (Anilius scytale) (1701–1705) by Maria Sibylla Merian, watercolor and gloss over etching on parchment “Ever since my youth I have been engaged in the examination of insects. …I set aside my social life and devoted all my Continue Reading