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Geoff Thompson's Award Winning Fly Photo

Geoff Thompson's photo of flesh flyAustralian GNSI member Geoff Thompson's specimen photos are winning him recognition down under. Geoff works for the Queensland Museum & Science Centre. He was recently honored with several Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Images Awards, including Best Overall Biological Photo for this image. It's the definitive specimen, holotype (QMT2351), of a flesh fly Sarcophaga alpha. The species was described by Johnston and Tiegs in 1922. For the photographers among you, the equipment used: Visionary Digital image, Canon 5D MkII, focus stacked with Zerene.

Call for Exhibits: Plants, Birds & Pollinators-Art Serving Science

The Denver Botanic Gardens and the GNSI are pleased to announce a premier juried exhibition opportunity for GNSI members only, highlighting the subject matter of plants, birds, and pollinators. Subjects may include plants only or animals only (birds, mammals, insects, reptiles & amphibians, etc), but judging weight will be given to images that emphasize plants and their relationships with their pollinators.

Original art only (includes prints of digital works) in 2- or 3-dimensions. Jurying emphasis will be on both artistic excellence and scientific accuracy.

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Sydney Prentice (1873-1943): The Art of Drawing Fossil Whale Bones

 

Parietobalaena palmeri Kellogg (USNM 10677) dorsal view (with detail). Published in Kellogg, 1968. Original drawing: 70 cm (h) x 36 cm (w); published drawing: 19 cm (h) x 8 cm (w).

Abstract

Sydney Prentice (1873-1943) was a paleontological illustrator and a master of the pen and ink thick/thin (eyelash) technique. A collection of his rough sketches, finished art, drawing equipment, zinc engraved printing blocks, and published drawings in the Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution document a historic scientific illustration process and serve as an instructional model for artists working today. The drawings were prepared for Smithsonian cetologist Remington Kellogg (1892-1969). A gallery of images may be seen at paleobiology.si.edu/paleoArt/prentice/prentice.html


The Department of Paleobiology in Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) houses several beautiful collections of historical scientific illustrations representing a wide variety of paleontological subject matter. One of these, the Kellogg Illustration Collection, focuses primarily on fossil whale skeletal anatomy and comprises more than 250 pen and ink line drawings and rough sketches of over sixty species of whales (Fig. 1). Sydney Prentice, a master of the pen and ink line technique, prepared most of the drawings. They appear mainly in publications by the Smithsonian cetologist, Remington Kellogg.

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2013 GNSI Presidential Election

Amelia JanesAll members in good standing are eligible to vote on the next President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. The newly-elected President of the GNSI will serve as President-Elect for one year, President for two years, and Immediate Past President for one year. The nominee for this position is Amelia Janes.

To vote please go to http://www.gnsi.org/forum/business/gnsi-presidents-election-link
(You must be a logged in GNSI member in good standing to see this page. For login instructions go to this FAQ: http://www.gnsi.org/forum/faqs/check-membership-expiration-date)

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Call for Exhibits: The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Entries are open to the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, a unique opportunity for talented artists to immerse themselves in the wonders of science.

Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

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Pat Latas wins Artists for Conservation fellowship

On April 18, 2013, Artists for Conservation (AFC) announced its 14th fellowship, a grant in the amount of $5,000 US, awarded to American wildlife artist Patricia Latas of Tucson, Arizona. The fellowship is part of the AFC Flag Expeditions Program, which supports up to two artists per year in their fieldwork, studying and rendering endangered species or habitats that deserve greater public attention, particularly in remote parts of the world.

The primary goal of the expedition is to illustrate and support the efforts of the Kakapo Recovery Team - a conservation organization whose mission it is to save the Kakapo- a flightless species of parrot that lives in burrows in New Zealand.

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Call For Exhibits: HIV Visualization Challenge

Former GNSI member Graham Johnson writes:

In my lab at UCSF and my former lab at Scripps, we have developed two software packages that enable easy access to molecular modeling and to large 3D models of cells with molecular details.  To kick off the open-source release of the latter project, I designed a visualization challenge.  Unfortunately, it is in its last days, but there is a brand new category using quick and simple animation tools in molecular viewers like Chimera and PMV with no competitors yet as well as a category for still images that give people with nothing better to do this weekend a chance to compete.  Would it be possible to post this announcement (or some simpler link in your own words) for the contest on the GNSI forum?  No worries if you think its too late.  I'm happy to send any images you need or you can find them on my website for the contest http://www.autopack.org/cellpackchallenge2012.
Thank you,
Graham

cellPACK Visualization Challenge2012

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The COM.EN.ART Experience

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Huyck preserveCOMmunity . ENvironment . ART (COM.EN.ART) is an artist-in-residency program for natural history artists. Each year five to seven professional or aspiring natural history artists are selected to spend one to two weeks at the Huyck Preserve biological field station and nature preserve. Artists are free to produce artwork in their chosen manner and medium. The institution provides housing and studio space. In exchange, the artist is asked to contribute an original work constituting something appropriate for exhibition and publication. Here is my experience…

Years ago in western Kansas, there was a sign on Interstate 70 that read Next McDonald’s 100 Miles and when passing it I would say to the kids, “We are really in the wilderness.” Of course, creeping commercialization has long since removed the need for that sign, but when the announcement for COM.EN.ART arrived, I went online to check out the Huyck Preserve and discovered that this place really was the wilderness. Now I have never been much of a traveler or thrill seeker preferring instead to let Rick Steves and Rudy Maxa do all the hard work while I just sit back and vicariously tour the world. But the kids are grown and Medicare (if it still exists) looms on the horizon. It seemed like the perfect time to experience living on the edge. Besides, I would only have to give up my urban comforts for two weeks. So I put together the required materials and sent in an application.

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Call for Exhibits: 16th Biennial Exhibition of the Illustrators Club

16th Juried Show of the Illustrators ClubThe 16th biennial Juried Exhibition of the DC/MD/VA Illustrators Club will be held at PEPCO's beautiful Edison Place Gallery in downtown DC. The exhibition will run from June 10 through July 13, 2013, and will feature works chosen by our group of eminent judges.

All the illustrators from DC, MD, VA, PA, DE, WV, NJ, and NY area are welcome to submit their recent illustrations. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work. Our website is now open for entries. Upload your work at http://illustrators.server302.com/IC016/entry1.php

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Call for Exhibits: AOI Illustration Awards

The AOI Illustration Awards are the most comprehensive and highest profile illustration awards based in the UK. The AOI Illustration Awards will promote exceptional work by illustrators and present illustration as a major force in global visual culture. The awards are international and open to illustrators worldwide working across all sectors and in any medium.

AOI Illustration Awards

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GNSI Membership Survey

I hope GNSI has taught you few things from traditional watercolor techniques to business practices to how to turn a roadkill into a clean specimen.  Now it’s time for you to tell GNSI your thoughts.

The GNSI board is always dedicated to bringing you the best services, tools, and opportunities for professional and scholarly development to promote a better understanding of the field of scientific illustration. I’m hoping you will give us some advice and share some of your background, interests, and expertise. The GNSI members generally tell us that they like the offerings from the group, but we need to make sure that we are really on target with what you want and need from GNSI.

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Science-Art.com Marketing Program

GNSI is proud to announce we have arranged for Science-Art.Com (our commercial arm) to offer a newly expanded marketing program for freelancing science artists!

The program will consist of many marketing tools worth over $3200, including a custom Science Art catalog that will be published in October 2013, but we have worked hard to get the maximum value: the price is set at $1625!

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Fernando Correia's Work Featured in National Geographic-Portugal Edition

Fernando Correia reconstruction for National Geographic Portugal EditionTwo Portuguese paleontologists - Rui Araujo and Ricardo Castanhinha - whose work was partially supported by a National Geographic Society grant, have excavated in Mozambique searching for Permian fossils since 2009. Their findings wrote a new page in the earth history book and have allowed a better understanding of mammalian ancestors' evolution journey. Portuguese Editor, Gonçalo Pereira, once again challenged illustrator Fernando Correia to recreate a paleontological scene, this one regarding the Permian period, and based on the available fossil records. Following a traditional workflow, the researchers, the illustrator, and Art Director Vasco Martins worked closely together in order to achieve the best visual approach and, simultaneously, the necessary credibility and scientific accuracy.

The main directive and emphatic vectors were: a slightly hilly horizon, a lake (similar to present-day Niassa Lake), and a typical Permian phyto community in the background; in the foreground, three animals already identified and described (left, a Gorgonopsian; middle, a Temnospondyl; right, a Dicynodon), near a shallow stream. The result was a double page illustration that opens the article published in this February's issue of National Geographic - Portugal.

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Call for Presenters: 2013 GNSI Annual Conference

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is proud to announce that we can now take offers for Presentations and Workshops at the 2013 Annual Conference directly on the web. Thanks to Board member Ikumi Kayama, we now have a sophisticated submission form that should cover all the bases in preparing you to participate in the Conference. Workshops, short and long presentations, panel discussions, and more!  Soon we hope to have the Exhibit submission forms online as well.

Consider joining us in Bar Harbor, Maine, July 7-13, 2013 and share your knowledge with an enthusiastic group of artists.

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The Flora of Virginia

The Flora of VirginiaIn 1762 in the Netherlands, Johannes Fredericus Gronovius published The Flora of Virginia, based on an herbarium of John Clayton from Gloucester, VA. Now, 250 years later, a revised hardcopy version is available, and a digital version is being developed.

The Flora Of Virginia Project Foundation is an effort by the Virginia Native Plant Society, whose mission is the conservation of wild flowers and wild places. GNSI member and freelance illustrator Nicky Staunton has been a Charter member of the Society since 1982; she furnishes line drawings for the Society's newsletter and participated in the plant inventory of the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Woodbridge VA (700+ species, using four floras of neighboring states).

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Call for Exhibits: Spring Botanicals

The GNSI Great Lakes Chapter invites all GNSI members residing in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan to join their exhibit at the Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles, Michigan. The title of the exhibit is Great Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators Exhibit: Spring Botanicals.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 14, 2013
LOCATION: Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Niles, MI
EXHIBIT DATES: February 28 -April 14, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, March 3, 3:30-5:50 pm


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Marjorie Leggitt receives ASBA Award of Excellence

Marj Leggitt botanical illustrationThe ASBA (American Society of Botanical Illustrators) recognizes artists who have made significant contributions to science through botanical art. These artist’s work must meet the requirements of scientific accuracy, technical proficiency, and aesthetics. In addition, the artist must have compiled a body of work that shows significant accomplishment in the field of scientific illustration. The recipient of this year’s biennial award, “ASBA Botanical Illustrator Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Art”, is our very own Marjorie Leggitt, Treasurer of the GNSI.

Marjorie has been a GNSI member since 1979 and a member of the ASBA since 2002. Although she considers herself an all-around “scientific illustrator”, much of her scientific art has been botanical in nature. As a college student in 1974, she began working in the field with her botany professor, Dr. Jack Carter. Their efforts resulted in the fully illustrated Trees and Shrubs of Colorado, a publication that is still in print. Since 1990, Marjorie has taught pen and ink, composition, perspective and various other classes in the Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program. Also in 1990, Marjorie began an ongoing collaboration with paleobotanists working as research artist and illustrator of prehistoric exhibits and professional papers. Today, Marjorie is a lead artist of the Flora of North America Magnoliophyta Vol 13 tome, having worked on volumes 9, 19, 20, and 21.

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Call for Exhibits: Humans in Space Youth Art Competition

Humans in Space Youth Art CompetitionYouth worldwide 10-18 years old are invited to learn about space exploration and express their view of "How will humans use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will we uncover?" through musical, visual, literary, or video artwork.  The competition is open now through October 21, 2012. 

Winning artists will be awarded and the winning artwork will be woven into multimedia displays and performances aired at numerous venues worldwide, including the 19th Humans in Space Symposium in Cologne, Germany, hosted by the German Space Agency, and various US sites associated with NASA's "50 years of Solar System Exploration" Celebration from August 2013-August 2014. The artwork will also be viewable worldwide in an online gallery. 

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Call for Exhibits: Window On Evolution - An Artistic Celebration of Charles Darwin

The website Science Art-Nature has posted a Call For Entries for a virtual art exhibit entitled Window On Evolution: An Artistic Celebration of Charles Darwin, commemorating Darwin Day, February 12, 2013. Each selected piece of art must portray a narrative about evolution. Visit the Science Art-Nature website for the entry form and detailed information.

Window On Evolution: An Artistic Celebration of Charles Darwin

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Linda Feltner receives awards for "A Mischief of Jays"

"A Mischief of Jays" by Linda FeltnerCongratulations to GNSI member Linda Feltner for both a people's choice arward at the GNSI Members Exhibit this past summer and now two new awards for the same image! Linda has received "The Ethology award for the Best Depiction of Natural Behavior in Any Medium" and the "Western Art Collector's Magazine Editor's Choice Award" from the Society of Animal Artists (SAA), for "A Mischief of Jays".

Linda's image is a 20 x 24 pastel created as part of an ongoing series of animals, plants, and environment of the Sky Island Ecosystems in southeast Arizona.

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