The Naturalist as Artist
This exhibition is the first ever to document the prolific career of renowned
field biologist Bernd Heinrich. A selection of his original drawings, photographs,
field notes, and specimen collections reveals how different mediums of study have informed
his research and writings. The exhibition places Heinrich's work in the context of his
personal history - his father Gerd Heinrich was also a distinguished field biologist.
A professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont, Heinrich has written
more than 12 books, whose subjects range from the social organization of bumblebees
to the feeding habits of ravens. He was recently elected to membership in the
prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and also awarded the coveted
John Burroughs Medal for his contributions to the field of naturalist writing.
His most recent book, The Geese over Beaver Bog, like his earlier publications,
is illustrated with drawings and photographs by the author that carefully document
and sensitively render the natural world. As Heinrich has noted, "Drawing is a way
for me to get reacquainted with my feelings for the subject."
Background: Bernd Heinrich (detail, modified)