Title: Scientific Illustrator
Location: Glenview, Illinois, United States
Nancy Halliday, Retired Scientific Illustrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of scientific illustration.
Interested in nature since her childhood, Ms. Halliday has excelled in creating scientific illustrations. Her parents, Stuart and Ruth Halliday, deeply loved nature and taught a young Ms. Halliday the importance and beauty of the natural world. She enrolled as an illustration student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, but following her love of nature, Ms. Halliday attended the University of Oklahoma and earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1962. Her professors recognized her artistic ability and asked her to illustrate for their research papers. This, in addition to her mentors, inspired Ms. Halliday to pursue scientific illustration and continue her studies, ultimately earning a Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies at Northeastern Illinois University in 1988.
Ms. Halliday began her working career as a receptionist and lecturer for the Museum at Michigan State University, then went on to serve as artist in the Office of Exhibits for the Smithsonian Institution and as a scientific illustrator at the Florida State Museum. She has illustrated for numerous publications and organizations. She created art for the 1992 “Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania,” “The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration, 2nd Edition” and “Mammals of North America, 2nd Edition.” She has exhibited her work in numerous shows at the Smithsonian Institution, the Bell Museum in Minneapolis and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, among other locations. In 1983, Ms. Halliday won second prize for her watercolor art from the National Wildlife Federation, and in 2004 she was awarded the Curators’ Choice for Mammalogy prize from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. One of her artworks was chosen for the Purchase Prize from Pensacola Junior College’s Visual Arts Gallery. Ms. Halliday has been lauded with the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been featured in the 63rd edition of Who’s Who in American and multiple editions of Who’s Who of American Women.
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