Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

Virtual Conference 2021

2021 Annual Members Exhibition

The GNSI Juried Members' 2021 Online Exhibition will begin accepting submissions beginning April 12 - May 17, 2021. Members may enter up to two pieces of artwork pertinent to nature or science-related themes.

This online juried exhibition is held in conjunction with the Virtual Conference, with selected entries to be displayed on GNSI's website image gallery. It is open to members in good standing submitting original artworks that 1) have been created within the last five years, and 2) have not been accepted into a previous GNSI conference exhibit

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Hart, the off-site Exhibition Coordinator at [email protected]

The entry form can be found here: https://form.jotform.com/210476396564161 

The Jurors

Paul Mirocha

Paul Mirocha spent some thirty years, maybe more, as an illustrator and graphic designer working on visual science content for academic research, kids books, nature writing, and exhibits. This work spanned the transition from "traditional" to digital art media. As the science illustration industry changed, he moved for a time into into commercial food packaging.

Another transition came with a MS degree in User Experience Design (UX). Paul currently works doing usability research & user interface design for a database website for environmental science data applied to governmental decision-making.

As artist-in-residence at the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, an historic ecological field station in Tucson Arizona, Paul is helping to develop new Art/Science projects. Science field-book workshops focus on drawing fundamentals as a tool for visual thinking and enhancing observation skills, rather than on producing finished illustrations. 

Neil ShubinNeil Shubin is currently Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of Anatomy at The University of Chicago and Senior Advisor to the Provost of the University of the life sciences. Interested in the major transitions in the history of life, he both leads fossil expeditions around the world and heads a molecular biology laboratory studying the great transitions in the history of life. 

His team is widely known for the discovery of Tiktaalik roseae, an ancient fish right at the cusp of the transition to land 375 million years ago. He is the author of Your Inner Fish (2009), The Universe Within (2011), and Some Assembly Required (2020). He served as presenter and scientific advisor for the Emmy Award Winning three part PBS miniseries Your Inner Fish derived from his book of the same title.

He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers and the Science Communication Award from the National Academy of Sciences. Shubin is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the California Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the American Philosophical Society and Member of the National Academy of Sciences, to which he was elected in 2011.

 

Jane Kim

Jane Kim is a visual artist, science illustrator, and the founder of Ink Dwell, a Bay Area studio that explores the wonders of the natural world. Her art career started when she was a little girl obsessively painting flowers and bears on the walls of her bedroom.

She received more formal training at Rhode Island School of Design and then Cal State Monterey Bay, where she received a master’s certificate in science illustration. She has created large-scale public art across the country, including the “Wall of Birds” at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and produced works for the National Aquarium, the de Young Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Weber State University, and more.

She is the creator of the Migrating Mural campaign, a series of public installations that highlight wildlife along migration corridors it shares with people. She still enjoys painting flowers and bears, though nowadays she doesn’t get in trouble for painting on the walls.