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In the Gallery today...

Kandy Vermeer Phillips


Kandy studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Texas Tech University. She has a life long interest in nature which she combines with her passion for Medieval Illumination. In 2005 she was awarded an Artist’s Grant from the American Society of Botanical Artists for her project researching the materials and techniques of manuscript painting. She also had the opportunity to further her studies on this subject with renowned manuscript conservator Cheryl Porter at Johns Hopkins University in 2006. She was awarded the Don and Virginia Eckelberry Fellowship in 2010 to continue her study of birds in medieval manuscripts.

In addition to pursuing the mysteries of Medieval Illumination, Kandy has produced entomological illustrations for a variety of scientific publications including monographs on Lymantriidae (Gypsy moths), and Costa Rican Limacodidae (Slug moths). Currently she is drawing mollusk stomachs for a malacologist.

Kandy has exhibited her art in local and national juried shows where she has received many awards. Her works are included in private and public collections including Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Washington, DC, and The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburg, PA. A number of her Illuminations have been selected for inclusion in the Hunt’s 13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, on display from September to December, 2010.

Kandy teaches courses in Botanical Illumination at the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration.

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