GLENVIEW, IL, October 10, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Nancy Halliday with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Ms. Halliday celebrates many years of experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
With more than 60 years of professional experience, Ms. Halliday was an artist-naturalist with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, IL, from 1989 to 2003. Prior to that role, she was a scientific illustrator for the Florida State Museum from 1973 to 1981, an artist with the Smithsonian Institution Office of Exhibits from 1966 to 1970, a summer assistant with the Museum of Northern Arizona in 1963, and a receptionist, lecturer and exhibits worker with the Michigan State University Museum from 1957 to 1960.
In addition to her professional appointments, Ms. Halliday was active as an independent artist and author for multiple publications. She was one of the illustrators for "How to Know the Lichens," "Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania," "The Flora and Vegetational History of Winnebago County, Illinois," "Mammals of North America, 2nd Edition" and the conservation stamp series produced by the National Wildlife Federation. Her artwork can be seen in a nature interpretive sign at Lincoln Park, commissioned by the City of Chicago. She also authored "Illustrating Birds," in the "Guild Handbook of Scientific Handbook of Scientific Illustration, 2nd Edition."
Ms. Halliday has participated in group exhibitions in many venues, including the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution, the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, the Denver Museum of Natural History, the Cincinnati Zoo, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, King Dom Manuel's Palace, Portugal, the New York State Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Wildlife Federation (second prize for watercolor), and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (curator's choice for mammalogy). A two–person exhibit was held at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia. Single exhibitions took place at the Thomas Center for the Arts, Gainesville, Florida, and the Glenview Public Library, Glenview, Illinois. Her artwork has been included in the permanent collections of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Morton Arboretum and the Pensacola Junior College Art Gallery.
Ms. Halliday was inspired by nature from an early age. Her parents encouraged her interest in nature, and her mother, a fashion illustrator, promoted her art abilities. She studied at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, from 1956 to 1957, attended Michigan State University as a zoology student, then transferred to the University of Oklahoma where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in zoology in 1962. There she was privileged to come under the influence of George Miksch Sutton, a prominent ornithologist and bird illustrator. At a later date, Ms. Halliday studied at Northeastern Illinois University and earned a Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies in 1988 under the tutelage of William Howenstine. Other significant influences in her career were her friendships with the Alaskan wildlife artist William Berry and his mammologist colleague, William Pruitt, Jr., who generously provided invaluable opportunities for field studies at the Taiga Biological Station in Canada.
Ms. Halliday is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and a founding member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, which she serves as a historian, and regularly offers workshops and lectures at the Guild annual conferences. She was given a Special Service Award by the Guild in 2013 and an honorary membership in 2015. She has served on advisory committees for scientific/botanical illustration curricula at the University of Florida and the Morton Arboretum. She has taught at both these institutions and at the University of Illinois in Chicago and the Chicago Botanic Garden. She was awarded artist residencies by the Illinois Arts Council at the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in 1986 and the Rockford Art Museum in 1991.
Ms. Halliday is an active member of the community. She is one of the natural resource commissioners for the Village of Glenview, Illinois, and is on the environmental concerns committee of the Illinois Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers). While in Gainesville, Florida, she served on the Bicycle Advisory Board.
Ms. Halliday has been featured in numerous honors publications, including Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who of American Women.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Nancy Halliday has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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