Biruta Hansen
Biruta Hansen
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Biruta Hansen

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'Pennsylvania Canal, Newport 1885, Historical Mural'
 

 

Bio:

Selected projects:

Newport, PA Perry County Council for the Arts: 10' x 11' historical  mural installed on the facade of the art gallery on the main square  depicting the Pennsylvania Canal as it looked in 1885.
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Bass Pro Shops: 
Painted numerous large-scale murals with acrylics  directly on 20 x 240 foot walls. 
Researched and designed the art with 
the goal of creating an environment specific to local habitat in  various locations in the US and Canada; operated boom lifts and other 
equipment necessary for reaching higher elevations. 2004-2012.
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International House, Harrisburg, PA:  Two murals, acrylics on canvas, 
3’ x 14’ and 4’ x 5’.

Researched the subject matter relating to the  international theme, executed and installed the paintings. 2006.
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Millyard Museum, Manchester Historic Association, New Hampshire:  

Mural, water based paint, final size 8 feet x 17 feet.
The goal was to  create an atmosphere of fantasy, balancing the excitement of a waterfall with the calm scientific realism of the underwater life. 2001.
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Indianapolis Zoological White River Garden: 

Finalist with R. Stanaway  for 50-foot high rotunda competition, 1997. 

Proposed glass castings of native foliage woven with miniature stainless steel cables into a  helix, a vortex that was to begin at the floor and swoop into the 
heights of the rotunda.
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FAO Schwarz:  Finalist, Proposal for Murals celebrating childhood and 
toys
in twelve 8 foot x 12 foot windows along Madison Avenue, 58th and  59th Streets. 1998.

 

For Information
regarding Artist
email
:

pcca@perrycountyarts.org

 


 

Selected publications, exhibitions, commissions:

Whitaker Center for Arts and Science, Harrisburg, PA: Exhibits of  paintings of insects and other creatures commissioned by National  Geographic, National Wildlife, Smithsonian Inst., etc. Backyard  Monsters, 2006; Anniversary exhibit, 2009.

National Geographic Society:  Producer of Pop-up books "Parading with  Piglets" and "Blue, Blue, and Yellow, Too".  Executed and supervised  all stages, from concept, text, art, paper engineering, manufacturing  overseas, to importing to the US.

Smithsonian Institution: Ten year exhibit of paintings of butterflies and their flowers commissioned by the Smithsonian National Zoological  Park as part of their graphics project to promote the public’s interest in butterfly gardening, both at the zoo and in the home 
garden. Through 2002.

Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery, Annville, PA:  Exhibited fine art works as part of Women as Mythmakers.  1996.

Awards:
Art Association of Harrisburg, PA:  Numerous “Best of Shows”, awards.

Exhibits in:
Bharat Bhavan International Print Biennial, Bhopal, 
India; Osaka, Japan; National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC;  National Arboretum, Washington, DC; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA.

Artwork has been published by:
Harper and Row; Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation; National Geographic Society; National 
Wildlife Federation; Prentice Hall; Reader’s Digest; Scientific  American; Simon & Schuster; Smithsonian Institution; Smithsonian  Magazine; Stewart, Tabori & Chang.


 

   

Education:
BA in Biology, Brooklyn College, CUNY; Cooper Union, New 
York; Art Students' League, New York; Guild of Natural Science 
Illustrators, Washington, DC (workshops and teaching).

Employment:
Peace Corps volunteer, Niger, Africa, educator and artist American Museum of Natural History, Scientific Illustrator Smithsonian Institution Natural History, Museum Specialist