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Seminar Series - Alison Nicholls & Tanya Chaly

How to Collaborate with an Artist
to Expand your Audience

On December 15, 2016, Alison Nicholls, MR’09 and Tanya Chaly, recipient of The Explorers Club Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Award in 2014, will jointly discuss "How to Collaborate with an Artist to Expand your Audience."

They have two questions for Members to consider: Are you looking for original ways to raise awareness of your next expedition or field research project? Have you considered collaborating with a professional sketch artist, painter or sculptor? Alison and Tanya will discuss how art can showcase your project work in novel ways and help engage an entirely new audience. They point out that many artists work on location, requiring remarkably few materials, and inspire the interest of local communities as they sketch, paint or sculpt.

Importantly, artists are often highly visible on social media, and many are skilled at marketing, networking, selling online and thinking outside the box. Teaming up with an artist can raise awareness of your work, provide fund-raising opportunities, and allow the artist to bring his or her own unique perspective to your work. Join Alison & Tanya as they talk about how to locate the right artist, whether an artist’s style matters, and how issues such as copyright can be handled.



Alison Nicholls is an artist inspired by Africa. She lived in the southern African countries of Botswana and Zimbabwe for several years, and returns to sketch in the field, work with conservation organizations and lead Art Safaris for Africa Geographic. Alison donates to African conservation organizations from every sale, and has a growing body of conservation-themed work. Her recent work, On The Edge, examines the plight of African wild dogs. Much of Alison’s work can be viewed on her website ArtInspiredbyAfrica.com.



Tanya Chaly is a visual artist who investigates natural history, notions of wilderness and the natural world. Her research projects include work for the Natural History Museum, London;The Field Museum, Chicago; the E.O Wilson Laboratory for Biodiversity; and The John Petrini Lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering, NYC. Under auspices of the Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Award, she traveled and worked in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. For more on her work see tanyachaly.com.


Exploration Seminars Program are free of charge and for Members Only.

6:30 pm
in the Board Room at Club Headquarters

Exploration Seminars Program:

As in the past, the Club’s more experienced and accomplished Members will address practical field needs and disciplines directly relevant to exploration. The common goal of the series is to contribute and expand field knowledge in a ‘show me how to’ format, with several sessions providing a ‘hands on’ approach.

Please note the Exploration Seminars are for Members only, without charge, but reservations are required due to limited seating in the Board Room. Members wishing to attend should email the Club Receptionist at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), to secure space.

For further information regarding the seminars, or to suggest future topics and speakers, please contact Daniel A. Kobal, Ph.D. FE’89 directly at (718) 757-7996 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Date: Thursday, December 15th

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

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