Marcuson’s artwork featured in Trailside exhibit

Apr 14th, 2010 | By | Category: April 15, 2010, Arts & Entertainment, Issue

On April 15, the Trailside Museum of Natural History at Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford will open a new permanent paleontology exhibit featuring art by Mark Marcuson.

The exhibit consists of 18 scientific reconstructions of ancient animals that roamed Nebraska at various times over the last 40 million years. The full-color panels include scientific information and illustrate how these creatures looked based on fossil material in the research collections of the University of Nebraska State Museum and elsewhere. The public is invited to a free open house at the Trailside Museum to celebrate the exhibit from 2 to 7 p.m. (MDT) April 15.

Mark Marcuson
Mark Marcuson stands in front of a mural he painted at Trailside Museum of Natural History at Fort Robinson State Park. Photo by Greg Brown/University of Nebraska State Museum.

Marcuson is a Nebraska native known for his exceptional murals that depict prehistoric creatures and landscapes. His extensive knowledge of animal anatomy and locomotion give him the scientific foundation to create reconstructions of animals based on fossil skeletons. His artwork can be seen throughout Morrill Hall, the Hubbard Rhino Barn at Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park and the Trailside Museum. For more information, go to

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