Artist and Scientific Illustrator
Developing artworks one on one with MfN scientists for my exhibition and prospective installation for the Reichstag. The project promotes science, especially sciences involving evolution and biodiversity. For more information, please visit Bechance page "Evolution Spiral".
Artist and Curator for Yale's Franke Program in Science and the Humanities
Curated, created art, and installed an international exhibition of Art/Science.
My curatorial concept, “Bird Architecture, the coevolutionary aesthetic of bird and man”, was developed from Dr. Rick Prum's science writing. My artwork for this project featured experiments by scientists from Yale's Prum Lab of Ornithology and my illustrations from the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Event management included creating marketing materials.
- May 2015
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Project Concept Artist and Scientific Illustrator
Endangered Blue is a series of limited edition Art/Science prints created for the Nabokov Museum. The project supports the conservation of American Blue butterflies. Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, discovered the Karner Blue butterfly in New York. These works, dedicated to Nabokov's scientific discovery, are exhibited in the reconstructed library of the Nabokovs' St. Petersburg palace. Nabokovs' library was destroyed in the Bolshevik Revolution. The Nabokov Museum re-created this special library based upon a single remaining photograph.
Science collaborators include the American Museum of Natural History, and the Essig Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Berkeley. Field research was conducted with Directors of Conservation at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve in New York State and the New Hampshire Pine Bush.
Endangered Blue opened in April, 2015 and remains in the library on permanent display.
Cofounder and Vice President of the board of Directors
Created non-profit organization for underrepresented artists' collection management beginning with an extensive archive donated by the Carlo Pittore Foundation for the Figurative Arts. Worked to preserve, promote and position collections internationally. Responsible for strategic growth, including collection development. Supervised international relations and regulations. Promotions included my concept and installation of a large-scale art installation of sails included in my bechance portfolio. (Co-authored website)
- March 2016
Maine, United States
Concept Artist, Graphic Artist, Exhibition Designer, Art Director
Concept, design and installation of 33 large-scale prints for inaugural project with Foster + Partners' Philology Library. Prints include concurrent scientific information on Neuroscience and the Psychology of Aesthetics. Developed in association with Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology and Naturkundemuseum, Berlin. Installation opened for Berlin's Long Night of the Sciences. Speaking Engagement sponsored by the US Embassy Berlin.
- July 2011