WBEZ | Elysabeth Alfano http://www.wbez.org/tags/elysabeth-alfano Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sketching Pat Byrnes' toonish path to 'The New Yorker' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-25/sketching-pat-byrnes-toonish-path-new-yorker-94341 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/Pat Byrnes cartoon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many people were home from work Friday enjoying a turkey sandwich or tossing around the football. Maybe they took a stab at reading those issues of <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/" target="_blank"><em>The New Yorker</em></a> that had been piling up on the coffee table.</p><p>But while flipped through its pages, hopefully they didn't forget the cartoons, the work of Pat Byrnes, a cartoonist at the magazine.</p><p>Byrnes might be a familiar name to political folk as well; he is married to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.</p><p><a href="http://fearnoartchicago.com/tag/elysabeth-alfano/" target="_blank">Elysabeth Alfano</a> caught up with Byrnes recently to learn more about his path to the funny pages and to talk more about his new App, <a href="http://smurks.net/" target="_blank"><em>Smurks</em></a>. Alfano is executive producer and host of <a href="http://fearnoartchicago.com/" target="_blank">Fear No Art Chicago</a>.<br> &nbsp;</p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 20:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-25/sketching-pat-byrnes-toonish-path-new-yorker-94341 Field Museum's only artist-in-residence puts wildlife to watercolor http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-31/field-museums-only-artist-residence-puts-wildlife-watercolor-93630 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-31/Field museum.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When people head to <a href="http://fieldmuseum.org/" target="_blank">The Field Museum</a> in Chicago, they probably think more about skeletons and dinosaurs than fine art. But after a closer look at the walls, one will notice nature and wildlife beautifully rendered on canvas. The paintings are the work of <a href="http://www.peggymacnamara.com/" target="_blank">Peggy Macnamara</a>, the only artist-in-residence at the Field Museum. Her journey to that position began in the late 1980s. She spent hours at the exhibitions, simply sketching what she saw. Then, after about a decade of making the museum her studio, the head of the conservation department asked her to stay. WBEZ's Elysabeth Alfano talked with Macnamara about her process and how science and art intersect.</p></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-31/field-museums-only-artist-residence-puts-wildlife-watercolor-93630