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Midwest Artist John N. Agnew (b. 1952)

John N. Agnew's art covers an extensive part of the natural world: landscapes, dinosaurs, nature, and museum murals. Influenced by his parents who were trained in art (especially his mother, an abstract expressionist painter), and showing a keen interest in dinosaurs and reptiles during his childhood, Agnew had planned to become a zoologist. Born and raised in Ohio, he eventually attended the Dayton Museum of Natural History's (DMNH) nature lore classes and found himself working during his high school years as a “junior curator,” caring for the museum's live reptile display. It was not long before Agnew's artistic gifts were discovered, and he was creating models and painting diorama backgrounds in the DMNH exhibits department. He enjoyed the work, and it became clear to him that art of the natural world would become his life's career.

Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.

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