GNSI 2012-2013 Board of Directors

You can contact your Board members through the GNSI contact form.

Scott Rawlins (President)

Scott graduated from Earlham College with a degree in biology, and holds graduate degrees in museum education and medical & biological illustration from the George Washington University and the University of Michigan respectively. A former museum curator and museum educator, Scott has been a faculty member at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania for 18 years. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Art and Design where he teaches scientific illustration, drawing and design. Scott was the GNSI Director of Education for a number of years and continued to serve on the education committee until 2012. He helped to coordinate traditional workshops at several annual meetings and implemented a summer workshop. Scott was Education Director for the American Society of Botanical Artists and eventually Board President. Scott’s free lance clients have included the National Museum of Natural History as well as a number of smaller museums and nature centers. He is currently a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

Britt Griswold (Vice-President)

Britt is a multimedia graphics specialist working with the Infrared Space Sciences Group at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He creates display graphics, web sites, multimedia presentations and science illustrations as the visual and outreach support for the Astrophysics Science Division. He has also worked for many years as a freelance science artist for the Smithsonian, National Geographic, and the USDA. Britt has been a member of the Guild for 31 years and has served as GNSI membership secretary, board member of Science Insights Inc., and project manager for the Science Illustration Creative Source Directory and Britt is twice a recipient of the GNSI’s Distinguished Service Award.

Suzanne Wegener (Past-President)

Suzanne Wegener earned her undergraduate degree in Scientific Illustration from Northern Illinois University and a MS in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is currently the Coordinator of Botanical Art Education at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois and serves as the liaison for the Nature Artists’ Guild of the Morton Arboretum. She is free-lancing in medical and natural history illustration. She is currently serving as the President of the GNSI Great Lakes chapter. Suzanne has taught traditional art techniques at various institutions for over fifteen years and co-taught the 2003, 2004 and 2008 Guild of Natural Science Illustrator’s Summer Workshop. She teaches traditional and digital media throughout the Midwest and has been represented by galleries in Door County WI and Sanibel Island FL. Her work is included in the Morton Arboretum’s rare print and art collection and in private collections in Germany and South Africa.

Gail Guth (Membership Secretary)

Gail is a freelance natural science illustrator and graphic designer. Her clients include local firms, national publishers, and individual researchers. She also teaches workshops in drawing, sketching and watercolor landscapes. Her work combines traditional techniques with computer graphics, and ranges from small design projects to exhibit graphics, academic publications and book illustrations. Gail works from her home studio in Battle Creek, MI.

Gail has been a member of the GNSI since 1976. She currently serves as Communications Director, and was the GNSI President from 2008-2010. She has hosted GNSI Summer Workshops in 2007 and 2008, served on several annual conference committees, and has contributed to the newsletter.

Ikumi Kayama (Secretary)

I am honored and thrilled to be nominated again as the Board Secretary for GNSI. The Guild has always been the source of inspiration and encouragement for me as a science illustrator. With the Guild, I had the opportunity to work as digital presentation coordinator for the annual conferences, and I was able to meet and get to know many talented illustrators in the Guild. I would love to continue giving back to the Guild.

Ikumi is a principal medical and scientific illustrator of Studio Kayama specializing in illustration, animation, graphics and web design. She holds a Master of Art degree in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia. Her work has appeared internationally in juried shows, exhibits, textbooks, scientific journals, presentations, television shows, and websites. Ikumi is also the recipient of many awards from a variety of organizations including GNSI, Illustrators Club, and AMI.

Marjorie Leggitt (Treasurer)

Marjorie discovered and became a member of the GNSI in 1979 while working at the Field Museum in Chicago drawing Australian land snails. In 1986 she became the full-time freelance illustrator. Her illustrations appear in many scientific trade and textbooks and exhibits. Current projects include illustration for a childrens book about the corals of Moorea, interpretive signage for a prairie conservation center, a floregium of viola of the United States, and 2 more natural history books in a National Parks series. She has been an instructor in the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program at the Denver Botanic Gardens since 1990 and also teaches multi-day sketching and plein-air workshops. Marjorie chaired the 2003 GNSI Annual Conference in Denver and completed the revision of the GNSI Conference Guidelines in 2009.

Sara Taliaferro (Education Secretary)

Sara is a natural science illustrator with seventeen years of experience, specializing in entomological, botanical, and paleontological illustration rendered in computer-generated line and color, pen and ink, carbon dust, watercolor, and acrylic. Her work is primarily published in books and journal articles, yet she also exhibits and sells natural history fine art. She has exhibited in juried shows at the Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ (2004); The University of Kansas’ Natural History Museum in Lawrence, KS (2008, 2009), The Haydon Art Center in Lincoln, NE (2009), and the Annual Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Exhibition (Fort Kent, ME in 2009; Raleigh, NC in 2010; Olympia, WA in 2011). Sara has been running Happy Beetle Studio for over eight years. Prior to launching her own business, she held a staff position with the Museum of Natural History and Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas. While there, she worked for over six years with Dr. James S. Ashe, a specialist on Aleocharine beetles, Family Staphilinidae. She currently serves as the GNSI Education Secretary and is the Secretary of GNSI-Great Plains Chapter. She is also a member of the Lawrence Art Guild and has served as their Membership Chair. Sara holds a Masters in Botany-Genetics from the University of Kansas and a B.S. of Education in Biology from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.

Amelia Janes (President Elect)

Amelia studied art at the University of Wisconsin/Madison (MFA in 2D design). She co-authored and co-illustrated an award-winning atlas of history for Wisconsin. After serving for 6 years on the GNSI Board, she wrote Illustrating Earth Sciences, a chapter for the 2nd edition of the GNSI Handbook. She now lives and works in the western mountains of North Carolina producing maps, block diagrams, shaded relief and illustrations for history, geography and earth sciences.