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Elana Ryznar

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Class of 2014

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B.A. (Fine Art) The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


In the short history of my life, I have been struggling to choose the greater of the two great disciplines of art and science. Early years found myself in pursuit of science- middle school summers were spent in the Caribbean at marine biology camps, gearing toward a future career in the field. College found myself pursuing art- I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from which I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts for three years of studying drawing, painting and art history. I still found time for science during this period, holding internships at the Field Museum of Natural History and the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Now, my path has led me to California, where I found the resolution to my struggle: scientific illustration, a perfect union of art and science!