Kandy Vermeer Phillips
Kandy Vermeer Phillips studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. She has a life long interest in nature and medieval illumination. She was a recipient of an Artist’s Grant from the American Society of Botanical Artists for her project researching the materials and techniques of manuscript painting. Kandy was recently awarded the Don and Virginia Eckelberry Fellowship to continue her study of birds in medieval manuscripts.
Kandy is a volunteer in the Department of Entomology at the National Museum of Natural History where she curates moths. She has also illustrated for a variety of scientific publications in entomology and invertebrate zoology. She was a participating artist in the BAEE project, and painted a series of butterflies and moths for the book Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic, A book for Artists and Gardeners.
Kandy has exhibited her art in many juried shows where she has received many awards. Her works are in private and public collections including The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburg, PA. A number of her Illuminations were exhibited in the Hunt’s 13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration in 2010 and in their recent “What We Collect Exhibit” in 2013. Several of her butterfly and moth plates were on display in a show at the United States Botanical Garden in 2014. She has taught courses in Illumination and painting butterflies and moths through Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration, and for the Smithsonian Associates.