MisCon 27 Attending Professional
For all practical purposes, Robin Walker was born in the American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium in New York City. It was her
playhouse of endless worlds and possibilities, and a place to walk among the stars. A real Castle of Wonders beats the hell out of imaginary ones.
Early in her career, Robin returned to AMNH as a member of the scientific staff. Since she used art as a default option for entering the sciences, she worked as a scientific and medical illustrator for a salad of institutions and publications, including Scientific American, Harvard and M.I.T.
Robin learned to draw while in the sciences because basic skills and high standards were rarely taken seriously in art schools-as is still the case today. Robin taught college level art in a quixotic attempt to remedy the situation. Art is generally perceived by art schools and the public as therapy or a way to socialize while one's hands are moving. The art trends of the 20th century have been seldom more then the sanctification of the inane. It's the twenty-first century now and the world has gone digital, where the traditional skills are largely curiosities of the past.
In 1989, Robin graduated from Antioch University Seattle with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, which took long enough. The virtues of liberal arts are apparent in the jobs she is qualified for. Such as packing crab for a winter in Dutch Harbor Alaska, where she thought she had died and gone to Hell. Currrently, Robin works as a janitor in an apartment building in Ketchian, AK.
Robin lives with her husband "Tornado", and several cats that don't like each other.
Scheduled Panels and Presentations:
- Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Meet the Artists, Fireside
- Break Fri 3:50 - Sat 11:00
- Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, The Role of Art in Sci Fi, The Cave (Downstairs)