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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Taxidermy: Processes & Possibilities

Taxidermy (from Greek "taxis" meaning arrangement and "derma" meaning skin) is the strange and wonderful art of preserving animal skins and mounting them in lifelike poses. Mankind has been utilizing forms of taxidermy for many thousands of years by curing and wearing animal skins to keep warm. Ancient Egyptians discovered methods of preserving bodies and often embalmed their beloved pets. During the Victorian era, tanned leather was in high demand. The first “stuffed” animals appeared in the 1700’s when hunters took their trophies to upholstery shops to have them skinned and stuffed with rags. This presentation is on the history and processes of taxidermy while also looking at the work of contemporary artists who use mounted animals in their art. Following the presentation there will be a demonstration on the "skinning" technique of taxidermy.

Presenter: Lori Stellrecht (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Art
Location: 2203 Tower
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.