From the AMNH Website
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:
November, 2010 Artists for Conservation Flag Expedition to Mt. Mikeno
Artists for Conservation Flag Expedition #11:
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.
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).
The titles include:
- Birding for Beginners
- Advanced Birding (Hawk identification, Shorebird identification, etc.)
- Drawing Animals
- Plein air painting and Field Sketching Sessions