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But why paint a dinosaur blue? Envisioning the Cretaceous; a vitalizing, multidisciplinary project in a university museum

Todd M. Rowan, Thomas Brent Funderburk and Renee M. Clary
But why paint a dinosaur blue? Envisioning the Cretaceous; a vitalizing, multidisciplinary project in a university museum (in The evolution of paleontological art, Renee M. Clary (editor), Gary D. Rosenberg (editor) and Dallas C. Evans (editor))
Memoir - Geological Society of America (September 2021) 218

Abstract

In 2017-2018, two fine arts undergraduate students, Todd Rowan and Moesha Wright, conceived and created a mural for the Dunn-Seiler Museum at Mississippi State University, Mississippi, USA, under the supervision of art professor emeritus Brent Funderburk. Students researched, conceptualized, and painted Mississippi Cretaceous Panorama, which interpreted the Late Cretaceous landscape that once surrounded the university and the momentous extinction event that brought the Mesozoic Era to its close. The project necessitated creativity to address several challenges, including funding, space constraints, and a local population with Young Earth views. The completed mural engages museum visitors with a mosasaur, ceratopsian dinosaur, and a meteorite impact-illustrating the local, terminal Mesozoic geologic history in a nonthreatening venue that can improve community geoliteracy.


ISSN: 0072-1069
Coden: GSAMAQ
Serial Title: Memoir - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 218
Title: But why paint a dinosaur blue? Envisioning the Cretaceous; a vitalizing, multidisciplinary project in a university museum
Title: The evolution of paleontological art
Author(s): Rowan, Todd M.Funderburk, Thomas BrentClary, Renee M.
Author(s): Clary, Renee M.editor
Author(s): Rosenberg, Gary D.editor
Author(s): Evans, Dallas C.editor
Affiliation: 2942 Pat Station Road, Starkville, MS, United States
Affiliation: Mississippi State University, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State, MS, United States
Published: 20210917
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 9780813782188
References: 23
Accession Number: 2021-067327
Categories: General paleontologyStratigraphy
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Mississippi State University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2023, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 202147
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