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scientific illustrator

Nancy Ruth Halliday, scientific illustrator. Recipient 2d prize for watercolor, National Wildlife Federation, 1983, Purchase prize, Visual Arts Gallery, Pensacola Junior College, 1983.


Halliday, Nancy Ruth was born on March 30, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Stuart Ernest and Ruth (Yehl) Halliday.


Student, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, 1956—1957. Bachelor of Science in Zoology, University Oklahoma, 1962. Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, 1988.


Receptionist, lecturer The Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1957—1960. Summer assistant Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, 1963. Artist, office of exhibits Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1966—1970.

Science illustrator Florida State Museum, Gainesville, 1973—1981. Artist, naturalist Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois, 1989—2003. Instructor botanical art and illustration certified program The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois, since 1995, advisory board in establishing certified program, 1994.

Biological illustration curriculum committee University Florida, Gainesville, 1978—1981. Conductor workshops in field. Artist resident Illinois Arts Council, 1986, 89, 91.

Lecturer in field.


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  • Other Work

    • Illustrator Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania, 1992, (13 watercolor plates) Mammals of North America, 2nd edition, 2009. Author: Illustrating Birds, Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration, second edition, 2003. One-woman shows include Thomas Center for the Arts, Gainesville, Florida, 1982, two-person shows, Museum Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia, 1982, exhibited in group shows at Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1969, 1978, 1996, Bell Museum, Minneapolis, 1971, 1994, Academy Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, 1981-1982, Denver Museum Natural History, 1982, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, 1983, Cincinnati Zoo, Ohio, 1983, Chicago Botanical Garden, Glencoe, Illinois, 1995, King Dom Manuel's Palace, Évora, Portugal, 2000, Denver Museum Nature and Science, 2003, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, 2004-2005 (Curator's Choice for Mammalogy), New York State Museum, Albany, 2005-2006, Hunt Institute Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, 1988, Represented in permanent collections, Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh.


Active Bicycle Advisory Board, Gainesville, 1975—1978. Environmental concerns committee Illinois Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers), since 1991. Natural resources commissioner Village of Glenview, since 2006.

Member of Society Animal Artists, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (historian since 1995, 1st prize for color 1979).


  • Other Interests

    Canoeing, bicycling, birdwatching.


Stuart Ernest Halliday

Ruth (Yehl) Halliday