Andi Curtis ’23 and DeJane’ Penick ’26 are wrapping up Session 3 with a new exhibition on display in Lipscomb Library.
They recently worked with professor Andrea Campbell on Our Animal Nature, which opened Monday, for Campbell’s Introduction to Museum Studies course.
The show looks at both artistic and scientific depictions of animals, from the moralizing tales of Aesop’s Fables to the work of early ornithologists John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson.
Prints of Audubon and Wilson’s work—from the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College—are on display alongside books from Lipscomb Library’s Lininger Collection (Aesop’s Fables and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows), bird specimens from the College’s Natural History Collection, and several pieces on loan from Sweet Briar College.
“It’s very interesting to see what happens when you put these things next to each other,” Campbell said during a gallery talk on Monday.
Pennick, who is interested in creative writing, said the research was her favorite part of the process, while Curtis, a history major, saw it as a natural extension of her work study position in Randolph’s Ancient Collections Room.
“I’ve really enjoyed being in a classroom setting, getting instruction to go along with what I already know from my work there,” she said. “And it’s been fun to work with more than one collection.”
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