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Beth Zaiken
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I am a professional museum artist, designer, and illustrator specializing in wildlife and paleo art, as well as large-scale traditional and digital murals and historical reconstructions. Currently, I work as a principal artist, fabricator, art director and designer at Blue Rhino Studio (, a prominent museum art design and fabrication studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I still produce commissioned illustrations, paintings, and large-scale murals for a select group of clients and organizations.

Rhode Island School of Design (BFA Illustration)
So, in spite of popular opinion, I am not actually dead. 

I understand that I haven't really posted here since 2007, and that you DO NOT do that online these days, and I would like to sincerely apologize to those of you who legitimately worried about me. 

To try to explain something complicated simply: we'll just go with the simple fact that during my senior year at RISD, I underwent a rather large "course correction," during which I changed my major focus from concept or fantasy illustration to academic and informative illustration (with a focus on natural history) and museum art fabrication. This was precipitated by the rather nasty experience of my father's relapse with cancer, subsequent bone marrow transplant and difficult recovery. I spent my senior year with my nose to the grindstone (making a specific targeted portfolio), and withdrawing from many parts of my life before that.

Since then my work has been so different that I've been unsure whether or not it had a place among my previous more whimsical works (or on deviantart at all), and my new focus absorbed my full attention to the point that I simply walked away from online self-promotion in favor of joining a team and making real, physical work. 

I am now a principle artist working for a museum art production company here in Minneapolis, Minnesota--Blue Rhino Studio. We produce artwork for museums, zoos, aquariums, visitor/nature/history and cultural centers around the country. I'm part of a small (but mighty!) team of talented people, who I enjoy working with every day (for the most part). The sculptures, dioramas, models, displays, exhibits etc that we produce are usually a product of the team as a whole, so much so, that I have a hard time finding parts that I feel the right to claim individual responsibility for, and thus have not posted much of my current work anywhere online (although I consistently work 40-50 hours/week).

I'm considering posting some things to deviantart again, as I have some personal projects (crafts, sketches, random stuff) that I am doing on the side that I think could belong here. If you get a chance to check out the studio's page or some of these other links, I'd be interested in getting feedback as to whether this type of collaborative work could/should be posted to deviantart (with company watermarks/explanations of my part), or if it just belongs on the company site. 

I am also thinking of posting to tumblr, twitter, or possibly blogspot with current studio work, and I will post that info once I get my ducks in a row.

For now, you can find more information and my professional work:

At my personal site:

And at the Studio's page at, well as in museums, zoos, and visitor centers across the country.

If you'd like to get in contact with me, please use my gmail account (Bzaiken(at), or facebook at


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alaa9jo Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
This is her website:

I couldn't contact her,If anyone knows anything about if she's a live please let me know
lelewigg Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your art *_*
but where are you ???
your last journal was posted at 2007 :(
veeeery bad -.-
I hope you are Okay and that you ever post an info about your status !
I wish it too :P
VicDillinger Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm new to this site, so pardon the intrusion.

I just came across this woman's work, and like yourselves, I'm wondering where she went, too. She has much talent. I checked out her other site, and its newest entries are from Mar 2007. So, I hope nothing bad happened to her other than sometimes life gets in the way (I once went six years -- soul-destroying job, wife, kids, new house, etc -- without putting a single creative word on any paper). It happens. Best to her wherever she is!!
Berrykitten Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anyone else wondering where she went?
Olga-Indigo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
hey, I love your gallery! Some of your drawings are really stunning! keep up the good work ! take care
Kelii Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome gallery!!!
Lycandra Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your gallery is gorgeous *0* You have a lot of talent *__*
alaa9jo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Guys,does anyone know where did this artist go? She has a fantastic gallery but she stopped posting anything since 2007,the last update on her livejournal is also in 2007,as if she disappeared or isn't a live,but her last faved drawing is in Aug 2010,I think this artist is still alive but I don't know if she's retired/stopped drawing or she has another account we don't know about.

I wish she posted at least a journal or something to tell use about her status,just for the sake of her watchers and people who admire her drawings,just checking on her that's all,if anyone knew anything about her just let me know.
Shporkness Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just looked at your art.
Mind. Blown.
ShuiYue Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Student Filmographer
Hey on a random note, I made this cat meme thing [link]
if you are interested in doing it. I made it with people like you in mind.
I honestly want to know more about your cat!
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