Kate LoMedico Marriott is an invertebrate paleontologist, oceanographic and paleo artist, and science illustrator with experience in the visual arts, geology, environmental activism, and multimedia projects.
Her artistic work ranges from marine biological illustration and human anatomical drawing to video, animation, and film sculpture. She is interested in combining art and science, particularly at the intersection of marine invertebrates' ecological significance and the nature of extinction. Her 2016-2017 work in Ammonoidea Illuminated has been called the authoritative series of heteromorph ammonite reconstructions in the world. A finalist in the 2018 International Award on Science Illustration, her reconstructions of Muramotoceras and Eubostrychoceras were displayed for several months in the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid.
Kate was born in Connecticut in 1990. Her historically artistic family includes Thomas Gaetano LoMedico, the noted sculptor commissioned in 1970 to design the Texas Astronauts Medal of Valor awarded to Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
She attended SUNY Purchase's conservatory sculpture program from 2009-2012 and graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2017 where she served as a teaching assistant of invertebrate paleontology, with an interdisciplinary degree encompassing visual arts and geoscience. She is currently a master's student in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College in Fall 2019. Her thesis topic is on lytoceratid ammonites.
In her free time, Kate is volunteering with friends from the Illinois Paleontological Survey and AMNH to produce reconstructions for the Museu Nacional in Brazil after a 2018 fire destroyed its entire invertebrate paleontology collection. She is a co-founder of Project Pandinus, an initiative advocating for vulnerable scorpions and other invertebrates, and a project to save coral reefs with her best friend. She is very proud to be a member of the Ocean Artists Society, an elite collective of ecologically-conscious artists of marine-biological subjects founded by Wyland and advised by Dr. Sylvia Earle.
Kate's work has been featured in Dekit! Magazine, Susan Cohn Rockefeller's documentary Mission of Mermaids: a Love Letter to the Ocean, on Spanish National Television, and she has completed commissions and exhibits for some of the foremost natural history museums in the world.
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