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Stephen C. Quinn

American Museum of Natural History
Artistic Director/Consultant
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
Stephen C. Quinn is an artist, illustrator, educator, author and naturalist who spent nearly 40 years on the staff of the Exhibition Department of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Beginning his career there in 1974 as an intern to the recognized “old masters” of Natural History dioramas, Stephen advanced to the role of Senior Principal Preparator/Artist for the institution. He served as Senior Project Manager for a wide range of permanent and temporary exhibits including the design and development of new habitat dioramas as well as the 2012 conservation of the historic Hall of North American Mammals. In addition to his exhibit work, Stephen served the AMNH Education Department as both a studio art instructor and lecturer/guide. He led regular birding trips to neighboring Central Park as well as many topical nature-themed Discovery Tours both in the United States and abroad. He is the author of Windows on Nature – The Great Habitat Dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History (2003) Abrams/AMNH, generally considered the most definitive book on museum habitat dioramas to date. Stephen majored in Biology at Delaware Valley University and is a 1974 graduate of Ridgewood School of Art and Design. He continued his art education at the Art Students’ League, New York University and the Asa Wright Nature Center in Trinidad (1976) where he later served on the Board of Directors (1978-80). Stephen is a Fellow of the Explorers Club, a member of the Salmagundi Club and a life member of the Linnaean Society of New York. He serves on the Executive Boards of the Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation.