Jacob Hoefnagel after Joris Hoefnagel, Quid dignum tanto feret hic promissor hiatu? (What will this promisor produce worthy of such jawing?), Part IV, plate 2 from Archetypa Studiaque, Frankfurt, 1592. Engraving. Museum Purchase through the Robert and Sonia Carringer Art Acquisitions Fund.
Oct 04, 2017 - 5:30
KAM Lower Level, Auditorium

Get to know fellow Friends of Krannert Art Museum at the Fall 2016 Members' Night.

Enjoy a talk by May Berenbaum, professor and head of the University of Illinois Department of Entomology. She will talk about scientific illustration and art, reflecting on the KAM exhibition Coveting Nature: Art, Collecting, and Natural History in Early Modern Europe

Coveting Nature explores the ways in which botanists and entomologists worked in tandem with artists and illustrators in the early modern period (1500–1800) to record and disseminate knowledge. 

A catered members' reception will follow this talk in the Link Gallery, and all guests will be invited to take in the exhibition in KAM's Contemporary Gallery. Please RSVP by calling 217 244 0516 or email KAM no later than Friday, September 29.


About the Speaker

May Berenbaum, Ph.D. has been on the faculty of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1980, serving as head since 1992 and as Swanlund Chair of Entomology since 1996. She is known for elucidating chemical mechanisms underlying interactions between insects and their hostplants, including detoxification of natural and synthetic chemicals, and for applying ecological principles in developing sustainable management practices for natural and agricultural communities. Her research, supported primarily by NSF and USDA, has produced over 230 refereed scientific publications and 35 book chapters.  A member of the National Academy of Sciences, she has chaired two National Research Council committees, the Committee on the Future of Pesticides in U.S. Agriculture (2000) and the Committee on the Status of Pollinators in North America (2007). Devoted to teaching and fostering scientific literacy through formal and informal education, she has authored numerous magazine articles and six books about insects for the general public.  She graduated summa cum laude, with a B.S. degree and honors in biology, from Yale University in 1975 and received a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University in 1980.