Title: Scientific Illustrator
Location: Glenview, Illinois, United States
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. Ms. Halliday created illustrations of animals and plants, continuing her artwork in college. She originally pursued home economics at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit but upon realizing she could study what she loved, 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.
Ms. Halliday worked as a receptionist and lecturer for The Museum at Michigan State University where she had numerous mentors inspire her to continue her artistic endeavors. She has illustrated work 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 considers this to be a career highlight as she was able to meet other esteemed artists and enjoy the honor of being among such talented people. In addition to this award, Ms. Halliday has been lauded with the Purchase Prize from Pensacola Junior College’s Visual Arts Gallery, the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been featured in the 63rd edition of Who’s Who in America and multiple editions of Who’s Who in American Women.
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