The artists and scientists presented in this exhibition began observing their natural surroundings at a young age. One is the daughter of a draftsman, one a trained portrait painter, one a self-described “doodler and daydreamer” who loved the sea. Either formally or informally, all have used art to communicate through visual representation what they systematically observed. Each shared their observations in non-fiction books for children in the hope of instilling a strong desire to learn and a curiosity about the world.
On view are paintings, drawings, sketches and notes answering the question “what do I see around me?” These artists responded to what the author of The Beginning Naturalist, Gale Lawrence, encouraged her readers to do, “begin to look at what’s around you, ask yourself questions about what you see, and find answers. Only in this way will you establish a meaningful and lasting relationship with the natural world – of which you, too, are an important part.”
This exhibition is being shown to complement Raid the Archive: Edwin Way Teale and New Works on view at the William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, from January 17 to March 10, 2023.
UConn Archives & Special Collections
Richard H. Schimmelpfeng Gallery
January 31, 2023 – April 21, 2023