FHSU Sternberg Museum of Natural History hosts fossil art exhibit

Fort Hays State University�s Sternberg Museum of Natural History will be opening a new exhibit titled "Fossil Impressions: Artists Views of Ancient Life" on Friday, Nov. 5.

According to Greg Walters, exhibits director at the museum, the exhibit includes two- and three-dimensional pieces. The two-dimensional aspect of the exhibit includes prints from the finalists of this year�s Kansas Wildlife Art Series Competition and a series of prints by Czechoslovakian artist Zdenek Burian, which were used to illustrate a book titled "Prehistoric Animals."

Also on display will be a series of paintings used at Sternberg Museum�s previous location on the FHSU campus. The paintings were used to "bring some of the fossils in our collection to life," Walters said.

The three-dimensional portion of the exhibit includes casts and sculptures of various prehistoric animals.

"These are things we assembled from our collections and resources within the museum," Walters said.

The exhibit will be displayed through Jan. 23, 2000.

The finalists whose artwork will be displayed include Brenda Briggs, Taylor, TX, "Tylosaurus Threatens Xiphactinus"; Dan B. Timmons, Norman, OK, "Snack Time"; William M. Rebsamen, Fort Smith, AR, "Danger in the Lagoon"; Steven J. Meissel, Scottsdale, AZ, "Diving Tylosaurs"; John Heidersbach, Cedar Falls, IA, an untitled work; Chuck Witcher, Kirkwood, MO, "Tylo-Terror"; Kyle McQuilkin, Lubbock, TX, "Close Encounter: Tylosaurus prorigger Breaches in Pursuit of Pteranodon Sternbergi"; Mark Logan, Lacrosse, KS, "No Escape"; Chuck Bonner, Logan County, KS, "Tylosaur Terror"; Michael Boss, Hill City, KS, an untitled work; Wes Dewey, Chanute, KS, "Once Upon a Time: Kansas Mosasaur."

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