Happy World Intellectual Property Day!


Growing up each of us has unique experiences, trials, and solutions for our problems.  This is what builds and develops our individual thought and is valuable both socially and financially. One important way to keep promoting individual thought and creativity is by recognizing intellectual property.

Any time we use a song for our exhibit, a piece of art, a graphic design element, a web page element or video clip we ensure that the creator of that element is compensated by whatever means they prefer.  This compensation can be money, recognition, or both.  Exhibits do not have to be expensive but they are not free. It is far too easy to cut corners by using plagiarized science or pirated images.

A successful product comes not only from the intellect and abilities of artists and authors, but also the welders, carpenters, illustrators, manufacturers, sales people, entrepreneurs, workers, (and especially in this day and age) web designers and programmers. It is the intellect of all the individuals involved in a project that is valuable and deserves recognition.

The 2016 World Intellectual Property Day is dedicated to those that work digitally. Check it out at www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/

We thank all of the collective brains that invested energy to make Silver Plume Exhibitions a reality and both of our exhibits successful.

Dinosaurs Take Flight 


The Wyoming Dinosaur Center, Thermopolis, WY

Bürgermeister-Müller-Museum, Solnhofen, Germany

Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany


Gary Staab Kearney, Missouri

Luis V. Rey London, England

Julius T. Csotonyi, Vancouver, BC

William Stout, Pasadena, Calafornia

Dennis Wilson Denver, Colorado

Mark Hallett Portland, Oregon


Jacques Gauthier PhD. (Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Yale Peabody Museum)

Richard Kissel PhD. (Director of Public Programs, Yale Peabody Museum)

Ryan Carney (Brown University, http://www.RyanCarney.com)

David Burnham (Kansas State University)

Todd Green (Oklahoma State University)

Production Support

Sally Pollatto (Graphic designer, Yale Peabody Museum)

Laura Freidman (Exhibit designer, Yale Peabody Museum)

Angie Guyon (General Manager, The Wyoming Dinosaur Center)

Alison Magovern (Graphic Support)

Lee Keeler (Framed Image)

Mark Castellano (Music)

George Downing (Narration)

Special Thanks

Florence & Charlie Magovern

The Regester Family

Joe Speth

Dr. Burkhard Pohl

Martin Görlich

Raimund Albersdoerfer


Wellenhofer, Peter. Archaeopteryx: The Icon of Evolution. Munich, Germany: Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, 2009.

Chambers, Paul.  Bones of Contention, The Archaeopteryx Scandals. London, England: John Murray Ltd, 2002.

Hanson, Thor.  Feathers, The Evolution of a Natural Miracle. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2011.

Carney, R. et. al. “New evidence on the colour and nature of the isolated Archaeopteryx feather.” Nature Communications. Jan. 24, 2012.

Erickson, G. et. al. “Was Dinosaurian Physiology Inherited by Birds? Reconciling Slow Growth in Archaeopteryx.” POLS one. Oct. 9, 2009.

Foth, C. et. al. “New specimen of Archaeopteryx provides insights into the evolution of pennaceous feathers.” Nature 511, 79-82. July 2, 2014.


Hatching the Past and Tiny Titans

StoneCompany.com  Boulder, Colorado

Gondwana Studios Tasmania, Australia

Contributing Scientists:

Robert  T. Bakker, Curator, Paleontology Department Houston Museum of Natural Science

Kenneth Carpenter, Chief Preparator, Curator of Paleontology Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Luis Chiappe, Curator and Chairman, Division of Paleontology Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Karen Chin, Curator of Paleontology University of Colorado Museum, Boulder

Philip J. Currie, Head of Dinosaur Research Royal Tyrrell Museum, Alberta, Canada

Jacques Gauthier, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Peabody Museum, Yale University

Karl Hirsch (deceased) University of Colorado, Boulder

John “Jack” Horner, Curator of Paleontology Montana State University, Museum of the Rockies

Jinyuan Liu, Curator Dalian Natural History Museum, China

Matthew T. Mossbrucker, Director Morrison Natural History Museum, Colorado

Mark Norell, Curator and Chairman, Division of Paleontology American Museum of Natural History

Darla Zelenitsky University of Calgary Alberta, Canada

Exhibition Photographer:

Louie Psihoyos Boulder, Colorado

Contributing Artists:     

Brian Cooley Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mark Hallett Portland, Oregon

William Monteleone Alista Viejo, California

Gregory Paul Baltimore, Maryland

John Sibbick London, England

Gary Staab Kearney, Missouri

Luis V. Rey London, England

Dennis Wilson Denver, Colorado

Design and Production Support:

Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Greenwich, Connecticut

Frank McClung Museum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Peabody Museum, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut


2015 in Conclusion

After a year of planning, and one of building, Silver Plume Exhibitions reached the end of the beginning for Dinosaurs Take Flight: the Art of Archaeopteryx (DTF).   DTF was conceived by Alanna Magovern, Nicholas Regester, Luis V. Rey, Gary Staab, Julius Csotonyi, and William Stout while at the 2013 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting in Los Angeles.  Through the next few months Alanna and I enlisted the additional award winning artistic talents of Dennis Wilson and Mark Hallett.  We refined the concept for our paleo-art exhibit and created Silver Plume Exhibitions LLC. to build and tour an exhibit “at the intersection of art and science.”

Dinosaurs Take Flight was presented to Yale Peabody Museum in the summer of 2014, and with their excitement and exhibit design team we were able to work the concept into a feasible exhibit model.   Over the next year and a half, Alanna and I traveled from our home in Silver Plume, CO as far as Germany and British Columbia, with many stops in between.  We studied the Archaeopteryx, Solnhofen quarries, and German Museums; we interviewed artists and paleontologists; we prototyped and tested cases, signage, labels, and storylines; and we came up with what we built into DTF.

Come spring of 2015, I hid myself in the wood shop, as Alanna did in the office, and we began construction of the current incarnation of DTF.  With the help of innumerable friends and family (too many to thank in a blog post) and while welding and printing up to the last possible moment (as per usual) Alanna and I emerged.  We loaded the truck and headed to the Kenosha Public Museum in Kenosha, WI with our new exhibit.  The installation went as painlessly as a first installation can and the exhibit looks beautiful in their gallery.

“The introduction section alone is worth the price of admission.  Everything else is just icing on the cake.”  -Thomas D. Carr, PhD, Director, Carthage institute of Paleontology

Thank You!!  all who helped and will help and host in the future. Producing this exhibit has been a wonderful experience.

Nicholas and Alanna


Moving Season Complete

DSC_0801It has been quiet on-line from Silver Plume Exhibitions because it’s been all but quiet on the road.  After traveling to 16 States in a month and a half we are now settling back down.

It was a great run installing Hatching the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt in Dayton, Ohio at the Boonshoft MuseumBoonshoft

and Hatching the Past: Nesting with Dinosaurs at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita, Colorado,but there was so much more.DSC_0474
DSC_0590 DSC_0551The exhibit team got to visit New Orleans, sail the Gulf of Mexico looking for “charismatic fauna” (aka dolphins), and sit down with paleo-artists Dennis Wilson and Gary Staab.

DSC_0664And, to top it off Hatching the Past was featured on Fox 45 in Dayton promoting the opening of the exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum.

Now it is back to buissiness as usual, or as usual as it can be in the exhibit world.

Moving Season

It is moving season again and Hatching the Past is hitting the road.  This is bad news for those in Mobile, Alabama because they only have two weeks more to catch the Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt.  This is good news for those in Fruita, Colorado and Dayton, Ohio because the dinosaurs are on the move and headed their way.  Hatching the Past opens, for the summer, at Dinosaur Journey on May 15th, and at the Boonshoft Museum on May 30th.  Bring your families to see how dinosaurs raised theirs.

Sitting down with Mark Hallett to learn the meaning and history of “paleo-art”

Sitting down with paleoartist Mark Hallett revealed a wealth of knowledge, not only about paleontology, but also the artists that have been bringing dinosaurs to life throughout history.  “Paleo-art is a term that fits very nicely with the type of profession I and my contemporaries do.  It’s been attributed to me, I honestly don’t know when I came up with that term… …It Caught on and it’s a good way of referring to our trade.”  Mark Hallett lives in western Oregon in a beautiful country home and gets prehistoric inspiration from the luscious landscape that exists in the Northwest.

Sitting down with Julius Csotonyi

We sat down with palio-artist and illustrator Julius Csotonyi in Vancouver, BC and found out how he creates his “photos” of the past.  “One of the nice things about digital art is I can modify new information even after it is complete… …so say, if a scientist comes out with new information about the anatomy, I can change that more easily digitally.”  Julius’s artwork speaks for itself when you see the amazing images he creates of creatures that have been extinct for millions of years.  We are Very fortunate to have him involved in our new exhibit Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx.
To see his portfolio go to http://csotonyi.com

Formative Evaluation for DTF

This weekend was spent at the W.I.P.S. conference at the Colorado School of Mines where we had an excellent opportunity to set up a teaser exhibit, promote our artists, and perform formative evaluation of our exhibit design.  We were able to set up our cases and observe the interaction and understanding, this revealed successes and flaws alike. Three cases were represented (our specimen case, sculpture case, and covered sculpture case) and we were able to test a bit of our label copy. Overall it was extremely valuable for the future of DTF.