Author, artist and naturalist James Prosek made his authorial debut at age nineteen while an undergraduate at Yale University with Trout: An Illustrated History, which featured seventy of his watercolor paintings. He has since published numerous books, including Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso (2010), a New York Times Book Review editor’s choice, and the subject of a documentary for the PBS series “Nature” that aired in 2013. His most recent book Ocean Fishes (2012) is a collection of paintings of 35 Atlantic fish, all of which were painted life size. Prosek has written for The New York Times and National Geographic Magazine and won a Peabody Award in 2003 for his documentary about traveling through England in the footsteps of Izaak Walton, the seventeenth-century author of The Complete Angler. He co-founded a conservation initiative called World Trout in 2004 with Yvon Chouinard, the owner of Patagonia clothing company, which raises money for coldwater habitat conservation through the sale of T-shirts featuring trout paintings. His art has been featured in exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art and the National Academy of Sciences among other institutions. He has also written a novel and recorded three CDs with his Americana/Roots group The Troutband.
Sculptor Dean Snyder was born in Philadelphia, PA. He received a BFA in photography and sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute. Snyder received a British Arts Council Fellowship for post-graduate work in sculpture at Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry, UK. He completed his MFA work in sculpture at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Snyder has received artists’ fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Berkshire Taconic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Vermont State Council for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. His work has been exhibited nationally in both group and solo shows, notably at the Tang Museum, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Internationally, Snyder’s work has been presented at the Beijing Olympic Park for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Sculpture By the Sea: Sydney Australia, Berlin Fashion Week and the Instituto Cultural Peruano, Lima, Peru. Snyder’s work has been collected privately and may also be found in the public collections of Fidelity Investments, the Tang Museum, the RISD Museum, the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, Albany International Airport, the City of Beijing and Freedom Park, Ordos City, Mongolia. Snyder currently is a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.
Meredyth Hyatt Moses
Meredyth Hyatt Moses is a well-known, veteran, Boston-area, independent curator, lecturer, panelist and juror. Moses opened the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA, in 1976 in partnership with Eleanor Clark and Grace Nicholls, and became sole owner in the 1980s, operating the gallery until 1997. Over the ensuing years, Moses “transitioned out” of the Clark Gallery to concentrate on becoming an independent curator for private collectors, galleries and museums. She has guest curated exhibits at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; the Cairn Croft Sculpture Garden, Dover, MA; Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Springstep’s Gallery, Medford, MA; Gallery Naga, Boston, MA; Kelley Roy Gallery, Newtown, CT; Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA; Concord Art Association, Concord, MA; Trustman Gallery at Simmons College, Boston, MA; Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA; Artists for Humanity at Gallery 63, Boston, MA; and the Oklahoma City Art and Craft Festival. Moses received a degree in nursing from Yale University in the 1950s and an honorary doctorate from Montserrat College of Art in 1995. In 2013, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum established a fund to name an exhibition after Meredyth Moses each year in perpetuity.