Revisiting Akeley's Gorillas Thursday, February 17 12:07 pm
Stephen C. Quinn, senior project manager in the Museum’s Department of Exhibition, recently
traveled to the eastern Congo basin to visit the exact site depicted in the Akeley Hall of African
Mammals’ mountain gorilla diorama which is based on paintings, photographs, and specimens
collected in the field by explorer and taxidermist Carl Akeley and his team in 1921 and 1926.
Like the artists on Akeley’s 1926 expedition, Quinn used field sketches and paintings to
document the area’s flora and fauna, recording the changes that have taken place and
reinforcing the important role artists play in habitat conservation and environmental education.
In this eight-minute highlight video from a recent talk at the Museum, Quinn shares finished
works, including a panoramic plein air painting.
Watch the video, which includes footage from the field, here:
Artists for Conservation Flag Expedition to Mt. Mikeno
Stephen C. Quinn in front of AMNH Mountain Gorilla Diorama, 2010.
To retrace the steps of the American Museum of Natural History icon, Carl Akeley; to tell the unique story of how an artist catalyzed Africa's first national park; and to highlight and support current conservation work being done to save the Mountain Gorilla.
Democratic Republic of Congo & Rwanda, Central Africa
Quinn on expedition at the Valley of the
Tombs of the Kings, Egypt.
Quinn piloting a zodiac while searching for Gray Whales in San Ignacio Lagoon.
Stephen Quinn is available as a naturalist, guide, leader, lecturer for local,
distant and international natural history (nature study) trips focusing on
bird watching, whale watching, general nature study, etc.
He is also available as a field artist, collector, expedition organizer/leader
for trips related to gathering data, references and specimens for museum
exhibits and dioramas.
Quinn on expedition at Voltsberg Forest Reserve, Suriname
Natural History Lectures and Chalk Talks:
Stephen Quinn provides lectures and chalk talks for science museums,
nature centers, and environmental groups on a variety of subjects.
Lectures are slide illustrated or illustrated with chalk on a blackboard.
A list of lecture titles would include:
Windows on Nature: The Great Habitat Groups of the American
Museum of Natural History
The Evolution and Physiology of Birds
The Natural History of Whales and Dolphins
The Work of a Wildlife Artist: Art in the Service of Conservation
Animal Anatomy for Artists
Wildlife Art/Paleo Art
Stephen Quinn provides three-hour workshops on the following subjects.
They are hands-on, outdoors, or at an offsite location (zoo or museum).