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Imagining Biodiversity: The Hidden Beauty of Moths Exhibition

Joseph Scheer images reveal microscopic details and stunning beauty of nocturnal insects

Adriana Reyneri
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Event Date: 
Saturday, April 19, 2014 to Sunday, August 17, 2014
Release Date: 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Hidden Beauty of Moths

GLENCOE, Ill. (March 26, 2014)Open your eyes to The Hidden Beauty of Moths, an innovative print exhibition coming to the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday, April 19. Internationally acclaimed artist Joseph Scheer, a pioneer in the use of extreme-resolution scanners, will display larger-than-life images revealing the exquisite features and magnificent colors of moths, insects on the fringe of human awareness.

Scheer, a professor of print media at Alfred University’s School of Art and Design in western New York, says he uses technology to reexamine nature and refers to his body of work as “imaging biodiversity.” The digital images are printed on a mulberry bark paper called “Cloud Dragon” that the artist brought back from China. The high-resolution images are composed on these delicate fibrous papers, creating an unusual viewing experience.

“Scheer’s work shows us that there is beauty and wonder all around us, even though we might not see it,” said Courtney Quigley, production manager of exhibitions and programs at the Garden. “It’s exciting to bring this work to the Garden, and share Scheer’s visions of nature with our visitors.”

The Hidden Beauty of Moths exhibition will continue through August 17 in the Joutras Gallery. The exhibition will be interrupted June 16 through 24 to accommodate the Show of Summer flower exhibition. Admission is free, though usual parking restrictions apply. More information:



Editors, please note: For digital images, contact Julie McCaffrey at (847) 835-8213 or at

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