View From a Canoe

View From a Canoe

Paintings and illustrations by Don Luce

October 1 - December 31, 2016
Jaques Gallery
Free with admission/membership

For 38 years, Don Luce has been integrating art and science in the design and development of over 25 original exhibitions and other programs for the Bell Museum on topics such as art and nature, ecology, evolution, animal behavior, endangered species, and current science research. During his tenure as the museum's curator of exhibits, he has produced hundreds of illustrations used in the exhibitions, scientific papers, promotional materials, books and other publications.

This exhibition will survey his collection of ink and scratchboard scientific illustrations, as well as personal works inspired by the natural world (as viewed from his regular canoeing excursions). Luce's work strives to stimulate people’s curiosity of the natural world, deepen understanding of how nature works, and inspire a commitment to the protection of wildlife and the environment. In his paintings, Luce tries to explore the ecological processes that underlie the landscape, and hopefully capture a sense of the energy and excitement he feels as he investigates a natural environment.

Luce illustrations - beaver, rotting log

Opening Reception

October 2, 2016  |  3–6 pm  |  Free and open to the public

Celebrate the opening of the final exhibition at the Bell Museum’s Minneapolis location: View From a Canoe. Tour the exhibition’s paintings and illustrations, and meet the artist.

Silent Auction
Don’t miss your chance to take home a one of a kind oil painting by the artist and support the Diorama Legacy Society!

Luce has donated an original work for silent auction with proceeds supporting the move and preservation of the museum’s world-renowned wildlife dioramas in the new Bell Museum + Planetarium. The piece was selected by celebrated Twin Cities art critic Mary Abbe and appraised by Groveland Gallery director Sally Johnson.

The auction will culminate on December 9 at the Bell Social arts celebration.

About the artist

Don Luce

Don Luce holds a bachelor's degree in Zoology and a master’s degree in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan, where he started his museum career developing an exhibition on continental drift and plate tectonics.

He has been an artist-in-residence at Joshua Tree National Park in 2001 and 2004. His artworks have been displayed at the Riverside Art Museum (CA), the Great Lakes Aquarium (Duluth, MN) and the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition.