Event highlights include a talk by Jen Chandler: “Art of Natural History: Understanding the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection”, at 5:00PM in our gallery.
This historically significant collection of original hand-colored etchings, engravings, and lithographs, spans the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. It includes the works of John James Audubon, Elizabeth Blackwell, Mark Catesby, Leonhart Fuchs, John Gould, Maria Sibylla Merian, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, among others.
The collection pieces chosen for our current exhibit* illuminate some of the complexities of a world on the cusp of dynamic change. Together these works create a rich dialog about newly discovered and never-before-seen species of the times, viewed though the mind of a scientist and made with the hand of an artist.
Jen Chandler is the former coordinator of the Prescott College Art Gallery. During her time at Prescott College, Jen worked with Natural History Institute and Arader Galleries to receive and catalogue the collection, research the works and artists, as well as curate the collection’s first exhibition, “The Art of Natural History”. It didn’t take long for Jen to become captivated by the Arader Collection. Fascinated by the landscape of exploration in her own creative works she became absorbed in the stories of the artists, the methods and materials of art making, and the context in which these artists were making art.
We’re also excited to take you into the restricted space of our 13,000-specimen scientific collection. There you’ll see specimens from our plant, bird and insect collections and marvel at what Darwin called, “Such endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful.”
*We want to thank Prescott College for allowing us to share a small portion of the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection!