UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Paintings of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures by Charles R. Knight, the "father of paleoart," have been seen by millions in major museums, zoos, libraries, books and popular films. The monthly meeting of Nittany Mineralogical Society will feature a well-illustrated talk on Knight's work and its contributions to paleontology. The talk “Charles R. Knight: Art and Geology” will be given by geologist Charles E. Miller Jr., with an introduction by Rhoda Knight Kalt, Knight’s granddaughter.
The society’s meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the National Park Service’s National Fossil Day in 114 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building. Refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m., everyone is invited to arrive by 7 p.m. for a special tribute in the lobby and the main talk will start at 7:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
While his name may be unfamiliar today, Knight is the man responsible for bringing dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures out of the specimen case and into the consciousness of everyday life. Through his many sculptures, book illustrations and museum murals, Knight influenced the way generations of Americans perceived the ancient world.