The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are now open daily! Note that dining, theaters, and other offerings have been enhanced to help you stay healthy.
What to know before you visit
The Lord keeps dropping new talent into the laps of the Creation Museum’s exhibit design team. Brad Toschlog, a gifted sculptor who specializes in exhibit design and fabrication, and Stephanie Fazekas, a talented intern from Hillsdale College, joined our team three weeks ago and got right to work.
Brad Toschlog, former sculptor at the world’s largest specialty studio
After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh* in 1998, Brad went to work for the renowned Chase Studio, Inc., located in Cedarcreek, Missouri, USA. Chase Studio is “the largest studio in the world involved exclusively in the production of natural history and environmental science exhibits.”
Brad’s work has appeared at major natural history museums around the world, including museums in Egypt, Germany, Japan, Belgium and Washington, D.C.
Brad’s first responsibility at AiG is to make miniature sculptures of dinosaurs and other major museum features. These miniatures are part of an elaborate 1/4" scale model of the museum’s interior rooms, under construction by the museum design director, Patrick Marsh.
Building 3-D models is a vital step in the creation of exhibits, because it allows the artists and designers to make the most of the available space.
“It’s a thrill to see the careful planning that’s going into the Creation Museum,” says Brad. “Some companies try to save money by cutting corners. But making models is an essential step in creating a first-rate product.”
Brad is excited about the message of the Creation Museum. He grew up believing in evolution and never heard that there was an alternative, until after he finished school. Now he’s passionate to let people know about the effort of secular scientists to suppress the truth. “It even goes against science to ignore alternative views. It’s not intelligent—and it’s not scientific—to dismiss creation!”
Stephanie is a senior at Hillsdale College in Michigan, USA, a conservative liberal arts school known for the high caliber of its graduates. Stephanie is majoring in music, with a minor in classical sculpture.
When she found out about the needs at the museum, Stephanie gladly volunteered her summer to help. She will be helping Patrick and Brad to finish twenty models of dinosaurs that will go into the scale model of the museum’s interior.
Stephanie also has a talent in music composition, and she wants to help write some of the music for the theatre and other videos.
Stephanie joins our other art intern, Cheryl Reese, a specialist in “scientific illustration” who is producing illustrations of wildlife for the museum’s nature trails. We appreciate the work of these talented interns, who want to use their abilities to glorify the Lord through this unique project.
*It’s a small world. One of Brad’s teachers at the art institute was Doug Henderson, the multitalented artist who produced AiG’s Creation Adventure Team videos!