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Professor’s ‘Jellyfish Burger’ art on display at Smithsonian Museum

February 13, 2012

Artwork by a UW-Stout professor recently became part of a permanent display at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. A print of Dave Beck’s image “Jellyfish Burger” is at Sant Ocean Hall, an area of the museum devoted to ocean and marine life.

The image, a jellyfish in a sandwich, is part of a museum infographic. “Essentially, it’s saying that if we overfish too much we’ll all be eating jellyfish burgers,” Beck said. “It’s not just a funny piece of artwork but something to think about.”

Originally, he created the art for a journal in England. He later entered it in the National Science Foundation's International Scientific Visualization Challenge in 2010 and received an honorable mention. That honor led to the Smithsonian exhibit. “Jellyfish Burger” also has appeared in the journal Science and the New York Times.

Beck, who teaches 3D modeling and animation in the School of Art and Design at UW-Stout, has a special interest in the merging of art and science.

In January, Beck was artist in residence for two weeks at the Lanesboro Art Center in Lanesboro, Minn. As a result of that experience, he is working on an animated art project related to the Scandinavian cultural heritage of southeastern Minnesota.

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