GNSI News – February 2018



Call for Entries
The GNSI 50th Anniversary Special Exhibition Call for Entries is now officially open! The juried members’ exhibition will take place in the prestigious art gallery of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the heart of Washington DC, and it will be on display to the public for three months. The exhibition title is “Visualize: art revealing science.” Mark on your calendar March 31st as the deadline to submit. Submission categories and more details here.

Techniques Showcase at the 2018 GNSI Conference
The always-popular Techniques Showcase will take place on Wednesday, July 18 within the Q?rius Center at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. There are still a few slots available for digital and traditional technique demonstrations. This year there is also the opportunity to do demonstrations to Museum visitors at the public-facing part of the Center. Contact Catherine Miller ([email protected]) if you're interested in participating or have any questions. 



Elusives: The Natural World We Seldom See
The GNSI-Finger Lakes Chapter is hosting an exhibition at the Cumming Nature Center in Naples NY. Open Jan 31st through the end of March. Directions on the Center’s website.

Exhibition at the Galloway School
Members of the GNSI working in Georgia have their work on display at the Gallery at Galloway School. One of the aims of the show is to illustrate the diversity of work created by science illustrators. At one end of the spectrum are pieces using traditional painting methods to accurately portray individual species or biological communities. At the other end, are digital animations of biological or medical processes. From February 15 through March 12. Contact the curator of the exhibition and GNSI member Lore Ruttan ([email protected]) for more information.



Introduction to Natural Science Illustration with Lore
GNSI member Lore Ruttan is teaching a 2-day workshop at the Highlands Biological Station in the Southern Appalachians. In this course, participants will gain an appreciation for some of the main types of science illustration and develop their skills at representational drawing. Beginning students will be given instruction in graphite and colored pencil. Intermediate and advanced students can also work in watercolor. The primary subject matter will be wildlife illustration, particularly birds, using items in the natural history collections and materials found on the Biological Station campus. Application detailsContact the HBS for pricing and housing information. June 19-20, 9AM-4PM.

Scientific Illustration at the University of Maryland
GNSI member Ikumi Kayama is teaching a 6-week class at the Art and Learning Center in Stamp Student Union, at the University of Maryland, open to students and the general public. Participants will gain a good understanding of light, form, perspective, and the underlying structures of the subject. They will get plenty of individual guidance and learn how to work in black and white to create a convincingly realistic illustration. Classes on Thursday evenings starting February 8 at 7pm. More information here.

Nature Sketching and Journaling
GNSI member Linda Feltner is teaching a 2-day workshop on nature journaling, which has become a popular means of documenting one’s investigations in the natural world. It combines both drawing and writing, increasing observation skills and develops a relationship between art and science. At the Center for Lifelong Learning, Cochise College, Sierra Vista AZ.

February 17 & 18 (Sat. & Sun.)
Contact the College for details (520-515-5492). Website Contact:



Science Art in the Digital World
Join the GNSI-Greater DC Chapter February meeting to hear GNSI member Mesa Schumacher talk about the limitations and opportunities of traditional and digital art, and the happy places where they intersect. Mesa began her career drawing archaeological reconstructions in 2006 and since then has 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. February 20, 5:30PM, Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History