Augustana library features unique insect exhibit

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

An exhibit currently on display in Augustana’s Thomas Tredway Library (3435 9 1/2 Ave., Rock Island) shows insect specimens and insect-inspired art together. The exhibit will be on display until November 6 during library hours. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibit, titled “Captured: Using Insects to Inspire Art,” is the brainchild of Dr. Tierney Brosius, assistant professor in Augustana’s Department of Biology. In addition to the many art pieces lent by members of both the Augustana community and the Great Plains Division of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Dr. Brosious' friend and mentor, Dr. Leon Higley of the University of Nebraska’s School of Natural Resources, lent his extensive insect art collection for the exhibit.

Most of the insect specimens on display were collected 35-40 years ago by the late Dr. Ingemar Larson, who retired from Augustana’s biology department in 1995.

“These wonderful collections are not often seen by the public,” said Connie Ghinazzi, Augustana research librarian and assistant professor. “This is an opportunity to see some truly amazing insects.”

The exhibit also pairs minerals, borrowed from Augustana’s Fryxell Geology Museum, with butterflies, moths and beetles of similar pattern and color. These pairings give viewers a chance to see natural beauty in new combinations.

For more information, contact Connie Ghinazzi at (309) 794-7494 or

About Augustana:

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 153 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world’s most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.