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Don Luce

Bell Museum of Natural History
Curator of Exhibits
Minneapolis, Minnesota
For over thirty years, Don Luce has been integrating art and science in the design and development of natural history exhibitions. He holds a 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 developed over twenty-five original exhibitions for the Bell Museum on topics such as art and nature, ecology, evolution, animal behavior, endangered species, and current science research. Many of these exhibitions tour nationally as part of Bell Museum’s Touring Exhibition Service. Recent exhibitions, such as The Lion’s Mane and Mysteries in the Mud, engage visitors in the process of science as conducted by University researchers. As well as supervising the Bell Museum’s exhibition programs, Don curates the museum’s art collection. He is an expert on the art of dioramas, and artist-naturalists such as John James Audubon and Francis Lee Jaques. Also active as a scientific illustrator and artist, he has illustrated books such as Minnesota’s Natural Heritage by John Tester, and has been an artist-in-residence with the National Park Service. Many of these exhibitions tour nationally as part of Bell Museum’s Touring Exhibition Service. Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling within the Forces of Nature and Audubon and the Art of Birds are recent exhibitions that he has curated. They have toured to museums across the country. Don has overseen the planning for the move, restoration and re-interpretation of the dioramas into the new Bell Museum, as well as working with the team to develop new permanent exhibitions.