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Dinosaurs focus of Aurora art exhibit

Updated: March 23, 2013 6:09AM

AURORA — The Aurora Public Art Commission will unveil its new art exhibit, “Dinosaurs: the Art and Science of Paleontology” at an opening reception Friday.

The reception will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor gallery of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, at 20 E. Downer Place.

The exhibit features the works of field paleontologist and artist Rob Sula and will showcase his natural history-themed art, paleo-illustration and field-illustration (site maps.) The exhibit also explores the innate beauty of fossils and examines the craft of fossil restoration.

Sula has hundreds of hours of experience hunting and excavating dinosaurs. As a guide, he has led groups prospecting for dinosaur remains in the Hell Creek formation in Montana since 1998. He has participated in more than 20 major paleontology excavations and has supervised several excavations including three dinosaurs with skin preservation.

In 1999 Sula co-discovered a site which since has produced more than 100 new species of late Cretaceous plant fossils. In 2003 he found a 36-foot Tylosaurus proriger that was so complete it had preserved skin on the ribcage. The discovery and excavation of this specimen is the subject of the National Geographic Children’s book, “Dinosaurs.”

The free exhibit at the Art and History Center will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays through May 3. The opening reception Friday will include light hors d’oeurves and a cash bar.

For information on the Aurora Public Art Commission or the gallery visit the city of Aurora’s website at

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