2009 Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize Recipients
Two-Dimensional Art — Bob Walters and Tess Kissinger
Bob Walters and Tess Kissinger are partners in the art and design studio, Walters & Kissinger, LLC, specializing in natural history illustration for museums, publishing, TV and film. Their passion is the interface between art and science. Bob began drawing dinosaurs when he was 4 years old and first saw "The Age of Reptiles" by Rudolph Zallinger on the cover of LIFE magazine. He illustrated his first dinosaur book, "Dinosaurs, the Terrible Lizards" for E.P. Dutton in 1979 and since then, he has illustrated more than 20 books as well as innumerable magazine articles and TV shows for PBS, A&E and the Discovery Channel. Tess is the author of "Copyrights, Contracts, Pricing & Ethical Guidelines for Paleoartists and Paleontologists" published by the Dinosaur Society, and currently available on the Walters & Kissinger Web site, www.dinoart.com.
The couple first collaborated in1995 on the murals and illustration program for the dinosaur hall at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga. Since then they have worked together recreating paleo environments for the NMNH, (Smithsonian), The Academy of Natural Sciences, Taiwan National Museum of Natural History, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Southwest Florida Historical Museum, Idaho State Museum of Natural History, USGS, Utah Field House of Natural History, and most recently, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where they have been commissioned to paint 5 murals and more than 200 individual illustrations. Bob and Tess are also the curators of a number of museum exhibitions of dinosaur art, including "Designing Dinosaurs" for the Bruce Museum and Yale Peabody Museum and the largest dinosaur art exhibition ever mounted for Dinofest™ 1998 in Philadelphia. Bob is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and Tess from Carnegie-Mellon University where each of them studied painting. Although they both love working in traditional media, and often work in acrylics and watercolors, their collaboration has really blossomed with the ability to work together on very large paintings using computer graphic imaging. Bob and Tess work with a team of sculptors and illustrators in a Victorian-era stable behind their home in Philadelphia. Currently, the team is continuing with the Carnegie Museum work, while producing sculptures for the "Dino Path" at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science and illustrations for "Survivor," the exhibit on human evolution at the University of Pennsylvania Museum.
Photo: Bob Walters and Tess Kissinger.
Image: "Hell Creek" mural by Walters and Kissinger.
Photo and image courtesy of Bob Walters and Tess Kissinger.
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