The Making of "Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity" - by Kati Bruch

Posted: June 18, 2013 - 13:57 , by royal
White Rhino in the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity

Written by Kati Bruch, Environmental Visual Communication Student w/ Fleming College at the ROM

The "Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity" turns four this year! Come celebrate with us in one of the ROM’s most popular galleries, this Saturday, June 29 from 11am to 4pm.
The Schad Gallery is full of specimens, but did you know not all of them are real? Some are actually models made by artists. Can YOU spot the difference? Use a special map to find the ten "Fact or Fiction" specimens in the Schad Gallery and try to identify which are “fact” (mostly real) or “fiction” (mainly model). For hints you can chat with Georgia Guenther, the artist who created many of the ROM’s models. She will be sharing behind-the-scenes stories about how the models were prepared for the Gallery’s opening. You may be surprised by what you learn!
The ROM has such a HUGE collection of animal specimens, they can’t all fit in the Gallery! Doug Currie, Senior Curator of Entomology, will be on hand to talk about why certain specimens were chosen and others just didn’t make the cut. This summer we’re giving ~20 specimens a second chance to join the Schad Gallery display, and it’s up to you to vote for your favourite underdog. Check out photos of the contenders on June 29 in the Gallery, and then cast your votes in person or on our Facebook page.
Senior Curator Doug Currie & Senior Artist Georgia Guenther will be on hand to discuss the making of the gallery and answer questions like: How are animal specimens prepared for the museum? Why does the museum use models? What has to be considered when designing a gallery?
We can’t wait to see you at this special all-ages event! 
Saturday, June 29, 2013
11am - 4pm
Schad Gallery of Biodiversity