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Harper artwork to benefit art/science students

11/18/1998

OXFORD, Ohio -- Artwork unique to Miami University will be sold to create a new scholarship, the Charley Harper Scholarship.

The prints by famed wildlife artist Charley Harper, are of "Web of Life," his original tile mural design in the lobby of Pearson Hall, home of Miami's biological sciences departments.

The mural, completed in 1986, includes representative examples of all the life forms studied by the users of the building, including specific plants, animals, algae and insects researched by Miami faculty.

One thousand signed, numbered, limited edition prints are available at the Miami bookstore for $100 each.

The scholarship will be awarded to undergraduates majoring in botany, microbiology or zoology who show an interest in art, or to students who major in art and show an interest in the biological sciences.

Harper is known for his simple yet realistic paintings of birds, animals and reptiles. "When I look at nature...I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures," he says.

His paintings have appeared in national nature magazines and on posters for the National Park Service, and he has designed U.S. postage stamps, among other accomplishments.

The scholarship is the brainchild of Hardy Eshbaugh, professor emeritus of botany and a fan of Harper's.

The prints are on archival quality acid-free paper. For information on purchasing a print, contact the bookstore at (513) 529-2600.

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