"Through my enthusiasm for biology and background in art, I make identifying patterns in the tree of life contagious! Scientists are working every day to understand the parts, relate the pieces and build the puzzle of our knowledge of this magnificent planet. The work they do is the fuel my illustrations use to spark interest and form a permanent connection between the minds of man and the natural world."
Lindsay Wright has been cultivating a keen observational eye since she was young. She has always loved exploring nature and putting what she saw on paper. This desire for drawing realistically with scientific themes developed through schooling as Lindsay earned her degree in Studio Arts with a minor in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh. Lindsay was a work-study student in the Education Department of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History throughout her years at Pitt. This opened her up to many opportunities including working with paleontologist Dr. Matthew Lamanna to reconstruct the skeleton of a new species of Titanosaur, a long-necked dinosaur. Typically working with color pencil to bring out the bright colors and detail of nature, Lindsay uses knowledge acquired through taking classes in animal physiology, vertebrate morphology and dinosaur evolution to draw accurate illustrations. Lindsay is certified in Science Illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay and completed an internship in Art Direction with Zoobooks, Kid’s Magazine. Currently living in Pittsburgh, Lindsay shares her artwork with the community through fairs and festivals, and works as a freelance science illustrator for such clients as the Smithsonian Science Education Center.
Kenneth J. Lacovara, Matthew C. Lamanna, Lucio M. Ibiricu, Jason C. Poole, Elena R. Schroeter, etc., “A Gigantic, Exceptionally Complete Titanosaurian Sauropod Dinosaur from Southern Patagonia, Argentina”, Scientific Reports 4, Article number: 6196 (2014)
Skeletal Illustration in Figure 2 done by Lindsay Wright.
Patricia Waldron, Sidebar: "Migraine: A Painful History”, Science Notes, University of California, Santa Cruz Science Writing Program (2014)
Illustration for Article Sidebar about the history of migraine treatments by Lindsay Wright.
August 2016 – Present
Illustrations for Elementary Modules, Smithsonian Science Education Center
Create New NGSS-aligned digital illustrations that will be featured in modules for grades 3 through 5 and be part of accompanying readers.
Illustrations for Plant Care App, We Are Thinkering, Inc.
Create illustrations of common garden flowers in 5 states (happy, needs some water, needs significant water, wilted, frost) to be animated for an App about plant care.
Sarris Jungle Mural, Frank Sarris Public Library, Canonsburg, Pa
Permanent installation of a realistic jungle scene for the archway to the children’s section of Canonsburg’s Public Library. The installation consists of 63 tropic animals rendered in color pencil and assembled as a complete image in Adobe Photoshop.
Hominoid Facial Reconstruction, Education Department, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Reconstruction of the facial structures of five hominoid skulls to use as masks for a hands-on display in the Discovery Room.
Apatosaurus Reconstruction Drawing, Forbes Craig Honors College, University of Pittsburgh
Illustrate the sauropod dinosaur with the exposed scapula found by the Honors College’s summer Paleontology class in Wyoming. The illustration permanently hangs above the found bone’s display case in the Honors College Forbes Craig Dorm’s common room.
2011 - Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts/Biology minor - University of Pittsburgh
2014 - Graduate Certificate in Science Illustration- California State University, Monterey Bay
2014 - Cat and Dog First Aid Certificate - American Red Cross
March 2012 – August 2014
Paleontology Illustration Intern - Vertebrate Paleontology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Through intensive collaboration with the co-authoring paleontologists, as an informal internship with Dr. Matthew Lamanna, I was guided in digitally drawing a skeletal reconstruction of a new Titanosaur species.
June 2014 – October 2014
Art Direction Intern - Dinosaur Zootles, Wildlife Education Inc.
Prepare a layout for six dinosaur themed Zootles, animal magazine for ages 4-6. Responsibilities include research, layout, rough illustrations and writing, as well as budgeting and preparing the project to begin it’s completion.
Exhibitions and Shows:
Wings and Wildlife Art Show at the National Aviary
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Juried Exhibit
9th Annual Polish Hill Arts Festival
Squirrel Hill Night Market with I Made it! Market
Wings and Wildlife Art Show at the National Aviary
Science Illustration Graduate Show, Pacific Grove Natural History Museum
“Situation Anophthalmus hitleri” by Jasmine Cibic, Contributing Artist
European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012 in co-production with Galerija Skuc Ljubljana
Sarris Jungle Mural Opening Reception and Solo Art Show
University of Pittsburgh Graduate Show, Frick Fine Arts Museum
The Pittsburgh Green Bridge Project, The Mattress Factory Museum
Collaboration project between CAPA High School and the University of Pittsburgh
“Kids Reconstruct with Creativity” Scholastic Art and Writing National Award
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana; August 17 - September 24, 2006
The Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Mississippi; August 15 - September 30, 2006
Scholastic Inc. Corporate Headquarters in New York City; August 15 - September 30, 2006
United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C.; December 4, 2006- January 31, 2007
Ed Skirtich, “Aviary Event Showcases Artwork Inspired by Nature”, The Northside Chronicle (November, 2016)
Maribor - BBC News, “The Exhibition on the Bug Named after Hitler”, Galerija Skuc Ljubljana (November, 2012)
Amanda Gillooly, “Jungle Mural Revealed at Frank Sarris Public Library”, PA Patch (February, 2012)
Brad Hundt, “A Welcoming Addition; Mural”, Observer Reporter (February, 2012)