October 2018 Membership Meeting

Thu, Oct 11 , 2018
11:45 pm - 1:30 am

Fairview Community Center
1910 W. County Road B,
Roseville, MN 55113

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Moving and Restoring the Dioramas for the new Bell Museum

Don Luce, Curator of Exhibits at the Bell Museum, University of Minnesota

Don Luce has worked in the museum world for four decades. He earned a degree in zoology and a master’s degree in medical and biological illustration from the University of Michigan. At the Bell Museum, he has combined his interests in science, art and nature to produce original temporary and permanent exhibitions. Exhibition topics included art and nature, ecology, evolution, animal behavior, endangered species, and current university research. Many of these exhibitions tour nationally as part of Bell Museum’s Touring Exhibition Service.

As curator of exhibits, he also curates the museum’s collection of art, which includes many works by Francis Lee Jaques who painted the museum’s dioramas, a complete set of John James Audubon’s original Birds of America folio, and many other historical and contemporary works of wildlife art.

For nearly two decades, Luce has worked on plans for a new Bell Museum. The new building opened this summer on the University’s St. Paul campus. The project includes the move and restoration of the museum’s historic dioramas and the design of new permanent exhibition galleries.

Luce also remains active as an illustrator and artist. He illustrated books such as Minnesota’s Natural Heritage by John Tester and has been an artist-in-residence with the National Park Service. A retrospective exhibition of his art and illustrations, A View from a Canoe, showed at the Bell Museum in fall 2016.