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Connecting Art with Science: 3rd Friday featuring Lucille Betti-Nash

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Lucille Betti-Nash, Scientific Illustrator, will be the speaker at the Reboli Center for Art and History’s Third Friday event, January 19 from 6 – 8 PM.  Ms. Betti-Nash will talk about the importance of communicating science and how science and art have been interconnected throughout history.

Lucille Betti-Nash studied art, printmaking, and design with Robert White, Edward Countey and Jim Kleege at Stony Brook University in the late 1970’s. During her student years studying fine arts she began working for the Department of Anatomical Sciences as a Scientific Illustrator where she has been employed full time since 1978. The department is home to a variety of world-renowned scientists working in many different disciplines ranging from Human Evolution to Paleontology.  Her illustrations appear in many scientific journals such as Science, Nature, Science Times, and PLOS ONE, as well as in National Geographic, Natural History Magazine, and several other scientific publications in print and online.  She has illustrated several books on human and comparative anatomy, primate behavior, ecology and evolution, and numerous scientific papers and manuscripts on subjects as diverse as dinosaurs, extinct mammals and amphibians from Madagascar, and hominid fossils from Africa, as well as providing human anatomical drawings for teaching students in the School of Medicine at Stony Brook.

In the past, she and her husband, who is also a Scientific Illustrator, taught a class at the University called Anatomy for Artists, started by Ed Countey and Randy Susman. More recently they have been teaching nature drawing workshops in Peru and Brazil.

In addition to drawing the natural world, she is involved with Four Harbors Audubon Society where she leads bird walks every second Saturday in Avalon and Frank Melville Parks. Future art projects include illustrating Long Island native plants, birds and insects that visit her Stony Brook garden.