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Three Dimensional Art — Brian Cooley

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Photo courtesy of Brian Cooley.
 
 

For over twenty years Brian Cooley has specialized in large-scale sculptural projects that have become world reknowned for their dynamic composition, quality, attention to detail and public appeal. A graduate and former instructor at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta, Brian is best known for the impressive, life-sized sculptures of dinosaurs that can be seen in museums and traveling exhibitions around the world. He has created works for The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, The Nature Museum of Canada, Expo '86 in Vancouver, The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn., El Museo de Ciencias Naturales in Madrid, Spain, The Fukui Prefectural Museum in Japan and the Museum of Natural History in Taiwan. The Calgary International Airport is home to two of Brian's installations. One features suspended sculptures of some of history's most amazing flying animals, from the giant dragonfly, Meganeura, to the enormous, forty-foot pterosaur, Quetzalcoatlus. In the other, a crowd favorite, travelers are greeted by the sight of four raptors ripping up luggage on the Air Canada baggage carousel. His most ambitious project to date was completed in May, 2004 and features a seventy-five foot Alamosaurus and her two twenty-five foot babies smashing out of Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

Cooley has been commissioned to produce art for several issues of National Geographic Magazine including the covers of the May 1996, July 1998 and March 2003 issues.

He is co-author (with wife Mary Ann Wilson) of the critically acclaimed children's book "Make-A-Saurus" (Annick Press)

 

 

Scientific Illustration — Carol Abraczinskas

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Photo courtesy of Carol Abraczinskas.

A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Carol Abraczinskas began her career as a professional artist in 1989 at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, documenting Egyptian and Nubian artifacts. Later that year, she joined Paul Sereno's team at the University of Chicago, accompanying him on field expeditions to Texas and Niger as a scientific illustrator. Her award-winning drawings have been featured in exhibits at the Field Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, as well as in national magazines and scientific journals such as the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Science, Nature, National Geographic and Newsweek. She has contributed her expertise to workshops for Project Exploration as well as to graduate classes at the University of Chicago, where she has taught advanced courses in scientific illustration since 1994. Most recently, Carol has worked as an artist for the Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute from 1998-2000 in Luxor, Egypt, where she recorded wall reliefs from the 18th dynasty chapel at Medinet Habu for publication.