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GNSI President-Elect Linda Feltner Talks About Her Career

Linda FeltnerGNSI President-elect Linda Feltner discusses her career and background with the Sierra Vista Herald, Arizona:

"Just about anywhere you go throughout the western hemisphere, Linda has either been there or her interpretive illustrations of wildlife habitats — accurate in every detail — have informed and guided your visits to national parks, museums and myriad other natural attractions.

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GNSI member Mark Klingler featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mark KlinglerPaleoartist and GNSI member Mark Klinger is featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Given Mark A. Klingler’s occupation, it’s no surprise he spent his childhood hiking through the woods looking for bugs, birds and other wildlife and representing what he saw with pencils and paintbrushes.

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[Compiled] 2015 Annual GNSI Conference


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Call for Exhibits: The Afterlife of Trees

The Afterlife of Trees is an exhibit inspired by scientific research on tree decomposition. The Arts Center invites artists living or working in Oregon to submit artwork as a Request for Proposals to be considered for the January-February 2016 exhibit.

We invite artists to use the idea of “rot” or decomposition of trees in the forest as a starting point for the creation of artwork. This may include interpretations and visualizations of the concept of tree decay, research into their decay, as well as the environments where tree decay and research takes place. The ecological phenomena of tree decomposition in situ may inspire work of visual narratives, abstracted beauty, and ecological comments. While the artwork needs to deal with the concept of the decomposition of a tree(s) in the forest, it does not have to be about the specific site in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Additionally, the exhibit will feature artwork with connections to science, but is not limited to that; poetic representation of situations of decomposition is also encouraged.

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Call for Exhibits: Wild Mushrooms and Functional Fungi

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History seeks nature illustrators who wish to exhibit artwork depicting mushrooms, lichen or similar natural growth in our exhibition.  Artists working in any medium are encouraged to apply.

Poisonous Mushrooms © Zeke Smith

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GNSI Member "OC" Carlisle Featured In Southern Distinction Magazine

"OC" (C Olivia) Carlisle is a recent graduate in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia. She studied medical, botanical and entomological subjects, creating detailed renderings using carbon pencil and dust, graphite, watercolor, pen & ink, in addition to computer illustration and graphics techniques as well as fine art. Carlisle's fine art, photography and scientific illustration have been shown in invitational, solo and juried exhibitions in the Southeast and beyond, collecting several awards along the way. Read about her experiences and goals in this article.

Southern Distinction magazine is a bi-monthly full-color magazine with a distribution throughout Northeast Georgia and the Golden Isles; online subscriptions will begin with the August-September issue.

Artists Selected for Focus On Nature XIII

The New York State Museum has announced the artists selected for the Focus on Nature XIII exhibition. The GNSI has a strong showing of members! Twenty-five of the seventy-one artists chosen are GNSI members and are listed below. Congratulations!

Entries to FON XIII came from eighteen countries and the chance of having artwork selected for this biennial exhibition is about 17%. Because of the large number of entries, there is a two-step process to the jury selection. Initially the five jurors (three scientists and two artists/illustrators) review the works independently and score them, 1 (favorite) 2 (possibly) 3 (not for this exhibit). Based on these scores, each piece is then assigned another rating of 1-5. When the jury meets in person, they start looking at pieces that have the highest scores (1, then 1.2, 1.5 etc.). In the end, the jury reviews all pieces to make sure they feel it is a balanced exhibition in terms of the FON criteria (media, subject matter, educational value, etc.) The high quality of the work makes choices exceptionally difficult and many excellent pieces cannot be included.

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GNSI-Great Lakes: Exhibit Call

Reminder: GNSI-Great Lakes Chapter 2015 Exhibit Entries Due Soon 

  • Exhibit Title: Capturing the Essence: Connecting People and Nature Through Art
  • Eligibility: Open to all current GNSI members living in the Great Lakes region.
  • Exhibit Location: Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 & Harts Road, Ringwood McHenry County, Illinois
  • Subjects: Plants, animals, habitats, & any natural subjects of Illinois or the Midwest
  • Medium: Any 2D medium except photography
  • Submission Deadline: May 8

Send submissions to [email protected]

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2015 COM.EN.ART Residency

COM.EN.ART (COMmunity.ENviroment.ART) is an Artist-in-Residence program for natural history illustrators offered by the Huyck Preserve, a biological field station and 2000-acre nature preserve in the picturesque hilltown village of Rensselaerville, NY near the Catskill Mountains. This two-week residency is designed to provide concentrated field experience and study for illustrators, as well as encourage interaction and discussion about nature among artists, with scientists and with the community. The artists contribute a finished piece of artwork and submit a sketch to the Preserve’s ongoing artists’ sketchbook in exchange for studio and rustic living quarters. This year we are running three sessions with two applicants to be chosen for each session.  Session I:  June 22-July 3, 2015; Session II:  August 3-14, 2015; Session III:  September 7-18, 2015.

Applications must be postmarked or emailed by April 15, 2015.

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John and Dorothy Cody - 60 Years Together

Drs. John and Dorothy (Casto) Cody, Hays, will celebrate their 60th anniversary March 19th, 2015. They were married in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dorothy attended Duke University Medical School in North Carolina. From 1977 to 1990 she was the college physician at the F.H.S.U. Student Health Center.

John and Dot Cody

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Call for Exhibits: Capturing the Essence-Connecting People And Nature Through Art

The members of the GNSI-Great lakes Chapter invite all GNSI members living in the Great Lakes region to join us for an exhibit this summer. 

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all current GNSI members living in the Great Lakes region. 
SUBJECTS: Plants, animals, habitats, & any natural subjects of Illinois or the Midwest
MEDIUM: Any 2D medium except photography
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 8 
EXHIBIT LOCATION: Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 & Harts Road, Ringwood McHenry County, Illinois



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GNSI member Linda Howard Bittner launches art and photography company

Artist, Entrepreneur & GNSI Member Linda Howard Bittner announces the launch of her new wildlife art & photography travel company Wild Art Safaris, LLC.

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2015 Denver Botanic Gardens Residency

 

2015 Denver Botanic Gardens ResidencyThis is an exciting opportunity for up to three illustrators/artists to get involved in the daily happenings at Denver Botanic Gardens. Residents will document the day-to-day progress and changes in the Rocky Mountain plant world, interpreting the botanic gardens’ purpose as a place of preservation, conservation, education and diversity into images or works which bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the environment some may never visit. The works completed under this residency contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of our gardens and offer an opportunity to see our activities through the eyes of the contributing residents.

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Call for Volunteers: Journal of Natural Science Illustration

The JNSI editorial staff could use some assistance gathering special topic articles and ongoing help with article collection!

1] SIGNS AND MURALS WRANGLER:

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Member Spotlight: Trudy Nicholson

TRUDY NICHOLSON AT HER WORK DESK. PHOTO © MIKE NICHOLSONFrom the moment I could see over the top of my mother’s drawing board, I was captivated by the magic of a blank sheet of paper turning into an image. I saw her hand with pen, pencil or brush create charming animals – often for me. That fascination never left me. All through school, in the Philadelphia suburbs, my interest especially centered on Art and Biology. Just before graduation, my biology teacher told me about medical art schools — information that I stored in my mind.

> Trudy Nicholson at he work desk. Photo © Mike Nicholson

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2014 Annual Conference Highlights: Field Trips

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Field Trip to Denver Botanical Garden and the Museum of Nature and Science

The action-packed week at the Boulder Annual GNSI Conference in July somewhat addled my brain – in a wonderful way, of course! I had forgotten one of the reasons I signed up for this field trip. Imagine my visual delight when our Friday field trip group walked into the Denver Botanical Gardens and I saw the Dale Chihuly artwork exhibit nestled in the plantings.

>2014 GNSI Conference field trip to DBG Greenhouse

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Kickstarter project - Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook

Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration SketchbookGNSI member Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski is leading the charge on a Kickstarter project for the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration, the location of one of our 2014 conference field trips.

The project is entering the final stretch, and the fundraising effort has been very successful. Now is a great opportunity to score one of the reward items when you donate!  The Kickstarter project page is here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/994091899/practice-makes-perfect-a-...

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Call for Exhibits: California Native Plant Society Annual Conference

The California Native Plant Society is preparing for the CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference: Celebrating 50 Years of Progress and Promise. The conference will be held January 13-17, 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110.

This juried botanical art exhibition will encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of the unique California flora, one of the goals of the conference.

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2015 PLAYA Winter/Spring Residency

2015 Playa residencyPLAYA is a retreat for creative individuals who are committed and passionate about their work, and who will benefit from time spent in a remote location. PLAYA is a nonprofit organization supporting innovative thinking through work in the arts, literature, natural sciences and other fields of creative inquiry.

Artists, writers, scientists, and more....apply now. September 1 deadline for Winter/Spring 2015 Residency Session at Playa Fellowship Residency Program 

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[Compiled] 2014 GNSI Annual Conference


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