About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2008 (Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize) Carol Abraczinskas
Right distal carpal I and
            manual digit I of Massospondylus carinatus
Carol Abraczinskas
Above: “Right distal carpal I and manual digit I of Massospondylus carinatus” illustration by Carol Abraczinskas. Below: Carol Abraczinskas. Photos courtesy of 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 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 since 1994. 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. Most recently, Carol's work was featured as cover art for the December 2007 issue of the journal Cladistics and the January 2008 issue of the journal Evolution.

View the 2008 Two-Dimensional Art and Three-Dimensional Art Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize Winners.