GNSI-DC: Science Art in the Digital World

Event Date: 
February 20, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Join us for our next GNSI-DC Meeting. All are welcome.

A presentation by Mesa Schumacher

When aspiring illustrator and self-taught artist Mesa Schumacher started her career drawing archaeological reconstructions in 2006, she was told she better learn Photoshop quick or she'd never get work. Over the next 10 years Mesa's traditional and digital art education began and progressed hand in hand. She tried traditional techniques of drawing, painting, sculpting, while expanding her digital techniques from standard paint and vector programs to digital modeling and sculpting, 2D and 3D animation, interactives, digital photography, photogrammetry and digital scanning and printing. Mesa will share what she's learned about the limitations and opportunities of traditional and digital art, and the happy places where they intersect.

Mesa Schumacher is an artist, illustrator, and animator based in Seattle and DC, though she spends most of her time living and working from different locations around the world. She specializes in aesthetic display of information, especially medical and scientific subject matter. Mesa grew up in Seattle WA, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest where she developed a love for science and art.

Mesa holds a degree in Anthropological Science with a specialization in Anatomy and Archaeology from Stanford University (2008). She earned a Graduate Certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington (2012), studied fine art at GAGE Academy in Seattle, and most recently earned a MA from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School, (2015).

Mesa has illustrated for National Geographic, Scientific American, The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, The National Zoo and Aquarium, academic institutions such as Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Merced , Oxford, Johns Hopkins University and many more. Her archaeological art has taken her on site in digs in Turkey, Belize, Peru, and Portugal. She has exhibited in Asia, Europe, and across the United States, and her illustration has taken her around the world.


We look forward to seeing everyone there! 

Smithsonian Natural History Museum
10th St. & Constitution Ave., Washington, DC.
Room WG-33 (1st Floor, West Wing)

All visitors must wait for an escort in the Constitution Avenue lobby between 5:30 and 6:10 p.m. (about every 15 minutes)

— 5:30 p.m. for snacks and socializing (Please bring a food item to share, or $3.00 for the donation jar.)
— 6:00 p.m. Business and announcements
— 6:15 p.m. (approx.) Presentation begins

Museum parking is under reconstruction. Metered parking is available on the MALL, both on Jefferson and Madison Streets- $2/hr, and free after 8pm.

Event Type: 
Cell Cover art, by Mesa Schumacher
Blue Neuron, by Mesa Schumacher
Tomato Frog, by Mesa Schumacher