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About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2019 Awardees 2019 (Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize) 3-Dimensional Art/Sculpture - Tim Quady

Blue Rhino Studio specializes in education based interpretive design and artistic fabrication for museum and visitor center environments.

Opened in 1998 by Timothy Quady, Blue Rhino Studio has grown to a full time staff of 17 in-house artists who specialize in design, detailed sculpture, meticulous mural painting, finish carpentry, and fine metal work.  Our work is strongest when we are able to draw on the best of what multiple members of the team can do.  This is particularly true in the case of the standing Quetzalcoatlus northropi.

Lead sculptor Jim Burt led the project, working through the research and creating a highly detailed scale model which he and Tim Quady were fortunate enough to review and have critiqued by Dr. Michael Bruce Habib.  Jim moved into full scale foam work relying on Nikkie Nelson to meticulously fiberglass and Jeff Nelson and Mark Healy to design and fabricate an internal armature which allowed the 18’ tall Quetz to break down, ship, and reassemble in Kuwait where it is sturdy and durable enough to be freestanding and touchable by museum visitors.  Beth Zaiken and Kevin Beaudin worked with Jim sculpting the surface details in epoxy, and then painting along with Tim Quady.  (other folks on the Blue Rhino team lended their hands as well, but those were the main folks involved)

Some flesh restorations at Blue Rhino are tackled by just one or two people, but the largest pieces draw from multiple members of the team.  With Jim Burt’s lead, the Quetzalcoatlus was truly a team effort from Blue Rhino Studio.  

Finally, it’s important to stress that no matter how much knowledge we amass or deep any of us research, our main goal as paleontological artists is to bring the knowledge of our paleontologist friends to life.  They are the experts and we are the conduit.  Special recognition needs to be given to Mike Habib who steered us along the path of science allowing our artwork to be the gateway to education.