Student curators

Emily Roush '21
Shannon Zeltmann '21

Faculty direction

Prof. Felicia Else
Prof. Kay Etheridge

Shannon Egan, Director of Schmucker Art Gallery



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Document Type

Art Catalog


The exhibition Artful Nature and the Legacy of Maria Sibylla Merian celebrates the skills and influences of a remarkable woman from seventeenth-century Europe. Curated by Emily Roush ’21 and Shannon Zeltmann ’21 with the guidance of Professors Kay Etheridge (Biology) and Felicia Else (Art History), Emily and Shannon selected the prints, organized them into categories, and carried out research on them, much of which was relatively obscure and would have been challenging even for graduate students.

Maria Sibylla Merian lived and worked in a time of vibrant intersections of art and science in Europe. Her images of insects and plants are at the center of the exhibition, but it is important to understand how her work was shaped by this period. What may at first glance appear to be “pretty” pictures of flowers and bugs were actually revolutionary compositions that changed how nature was portrayed.

Publication Date

Fall 2019


Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College


Gettysburg, PA


Gettysburg College, Art, Science, Biology, Symbolic Nature, Butterflies, Ecological Illustrations


Artful Nature and the Legacy of Maria Sibylla Merian was on exhibition at the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College September 4th - November 12th, 2019.

To learn more, visit the exhibit website.

Artful Nature and the Legacy of Maria Sibylla Merian