Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ketchikan artist Ray Troll shares Guggenheim award

Ketchikan artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Kirk Johnson, chief curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will share one of 180 Guggenheim fellowships announced on April 7.
The awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation have been given to more than 16,000 scholars, artists and scientists since it was established in 1925.
"We'll split $50,000, which will cover travel expenses for our next book, 'Cruisin' the Eternal Coastline,'" Troll said.
Troll and Johnson previously collaborated on one of the more entertainingly written and precociously illustrated books on paleontology, "Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway," which recounted their journeys around the Rocky Mountains.
In the new book, the pair will follow the same format to describe the ancient past of the western edge of North America from Baja to Barrow, which Johnson points out has been a coastline for "hundreds of millions of years."
The scope of the book ranges from chats with volunteers at the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles to speculation over the inevitable eruption of Mount Rainier to discoveries of dinosaurs in Alaska.
With this kind of support we will be able to go to the Sea of Cortez and the hunt North Slope dinosaurs in the Colville River area -- and all the points in between," Troll said.
The new book is scheduled to be published next year. Troll and Johnson expect to be gathering material for the book in Alaska this summer.

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