Live-streamed on January 29, 2014
The Vancouver Aquarium and Pacific Salmon Foundation hosted the first of many provocative “Salmon Dialogues” focused on Pacific Salmon and associated issues. The first Salmon Dialogue did not disappoint with renowned Alaskan artist Ray Troll, whose quirky, aquatic images are based on the latest scientific discoveries.
Ray Troll draws & paints fishy images that migrate into museums, books and magazines and onto t-shirts sold around the planet. Basing his quirky, aquatic images on the latest scientific discoveries, Ray brings a street-smart sensibility to the worlds of ichthyology & paleontology. Ray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas in 1977 and an MFA in studio arts from Washington State University in 1981. In 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the University of Alaska Southeast. In 2007 he was given a gold medal for ‘distinction in the natural history arts’ by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and in 2006 was given the Alaska Governor’s award for the arts. Ray went on to act as the art director for the Miami Museum of Science’s Amazon Voyage traveling exhibit and now has yet another touring show based on his book Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Dr. Kirk Johnson. He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, lectured at Cornell, Harvard and Yale, shown work at the Smithsonian and has even had a ratfish named after him (a New Zealand species called Hydrolagus trolli).
Following Troll’s talk, Vancouver Aquarium President and CEO John Nightingale will join his counterpart from the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Dr. Brian Riddell, to discuss the evolution and goals of this exciting new collaboration that promises to raise the profile of Pacific salmon at the Vancouver Aquarium in a major way in the years to come.