Paula Scher’s Maps

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Update: Paula Scher’s work can now be viewed in book form. Paula Scher: MAPS (published in 2011) contains thirty-nine of the artist’s work.  


As someone who works more on the technical side of GIS, I am always impressed by the creative output from those that explore the artistic side of cartography.  Even if you aren’t local to New York City to personally visit the exhibit of Paula Scher’s work on display at the Maya Stendhal Gallery, you can experience some of the vibrancy of her maps online.  In this most recent exhibit (on display from November 8, 2007 – January 26, 2008), Paula Scher has created a series of maps reflecting geographic areas recently in the news.  Among Paula Sher’s inspiration for taking on map making as an artistic expression is her experience growing up with her father who spent his career with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), saying “I grew up with maps all over the house, and I thought they were beautiful.”  An essay by Jennifer Liese available on the gallery web site further explains the artist’s work and background.

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