Lily Pond image by Robert Creamer


Archived exhibitions are no longer available for booking but are maintained as a virtual record of past Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) programs.

New digital technology reveals the beauty of nature in Bob Creamer’s latest work. Bringing to life rarely seen flora, fauna, and fossil specimens, Creamer’s imagery is drawn from the research collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Florida, and the Echo Hill Outdoor School in Maryland. Produced in collaboration with NMNH, Transitions includes 40 meticulous images created exclusively for this exhibit.

Lotus blossoms by Robert Creamer.The artist’s creative process is as fascinating as the images themselves. Instead of photographing the objects with a camera, Creamer captures or imports them using a scanner. He places the specimens in visually engaging compositions, occasionally suspending the objects or setting them up on cloth, and then scans the arrangements directly into his computer. The result is unusually lifelike and provides striking interpretations of botanical, fossil, and bird collections.

SITES will travel this photographic exhibition over a period of three years, beginning with an inaugural showing at the National Museum of Natural History.

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Exhibition specifications

Contents 40 framed color photographs, text panels, labels
Supplemental Video, educational and promotional materials
Participation Fee $5,500 for a 10-week booking period
Size 150 running feet
Crates 6
Weight 1,525 pounds
Category Art
Security Moderate
Shipping Outgoing
SITES Contacts Ed Liskey, 202.633.3142 (Scheduling)
Toured Through August 2010
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Tour itinerary

Dates   Host Institution Status
10/2006 6/2007 Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Booked
8/11/2007 10/7/2007 Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA Booked
10/27/2007 1/6/2008 Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL Booked
1/26/2008 7/6/2008 Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg Counties, Charlotte, NC Booked
7/26/2008 10/5/2008 State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, GA Booked
12/13/2008 2/22/2009 Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC Booked
3/14/2009 5/24/2009 Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT Booked
7/10/2009 8/29/2009 Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville, VA Booked
9/12/2009 11/22/2009 Georgia Highlands College, Rome, GA Booked
12/12/2009 2/21/2010 California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA Booked
3/13/2010 5/23/2010 California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA Booked
6/12/2010 8/22/2010 California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA Booked
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