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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Call of Exhibits: Pollination - Evolving Miracles

Exhibits dates and location:
April 19-June 7, 2013
Atrium Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College
51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240

Call-for-Entries
An all media exhibit on artistic interpretations of pollination including flowering plants, pollinators, and the lively environment they intersect. Related topics can include seeds, flower anatomy, pollen grains, chemistry, genetics, and other areas that relate to the pollination process. Pollen vectors (pollinators) can include native bees such as orchard mason bees, miner bees, and bumblebees, beetles, flies (syrphid flies, hoverflies, etc), honey bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, and hummingbirds.



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Call for Presenters: 2013 AMI Conference

The Program Committee of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) invites potential presenters to submit presentation abstracts for our next annual meeting, which will be held in Salt Lake City from July 17-­20, 2013.

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2012 

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Taina Litwak is interviewed for Science Friday

Taina Litwak's beetle illustrationTaina Litwak, a long time GNSI member and past GNSI president, is featured in the Science Friday blog by Annette Heist. This interview led to another, in Science News.

Taina is both a biological and medical illustrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Systematic Entomology Lab. The image here is of the beetle Licracantha formicaria, a newly discovered species of ant mimic wood-boring beetle illustrated for Dr. Steve Lingafelter.

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Book Review: The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds

The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds book coverIt’s been said that unless one studies the structure of birds, one will never really portray them well. This is especially true for birds, for they are cloaked in a soft covering that conceals most of their anatomy. The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds is a book that will guide the new or experienced bird artist with an in-depth approach to drawing birds.

There is a certain fear factor facing the novice bird artist. Birds have shape and form that demonstrate light and shadow, which are apparent from viewing the outside. Artists must also study and investigate what goes on underneath the feathers, how the feathers attach, and how all of this benefits flight.

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Call for Exhibits: 49th Annual Wild Mushroom Show

The Art Committee of the Puget Sound Mycological Society (PSMS) is pleased to announce our fourth juried Art Exhibit to be part of the 49th Annual Wild Mushroom Show.

The Wild Mushroom Show will be held Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th, 2012 at the Mountaineer's Club, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA

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Call for Exhibits: California Jewels

Here is a Call For Entries for our upcoming GNSI-CA show "California Jewels" to be held from November 1 - December 31, 2012 at the Environmental Education Center in Tilden Regional Park (in Berkeley, CA).

Entries are due by September 1, 2012.

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Member Spotlight: Scott Rawlins

SCOTT RAWLINS, 2011Even before 1981 (when Raiders of the Lost Ark was released) I have been trying (in an unfocused way) to pattern my life after that of Indiana Jones —or at least his predecessor, Allan Quatermain. Both men were, to one degree or another, able to balance the sedentary world of the intellect with the dynamic world of travel and exploration.

Like Dr. Jones, I have some advanced degrees in science-related fields and teach at a university. I have traveled to unusual and/or exotic locations. I have studied grasses in Kenya, collected scorpions in Jamaica, examined the stomach of a patient in a Michigan OR and painted Amazonian plants in Brazil. Unlike “Indy,” I like snakes (and sometimes collect them) and have not been chased by natives with spears, giant boulders or beautiful Nazis.

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[Compiled] 2012 Annual GNSI Conference

2012 conference logo

 

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DBG Pollinator Exhibit and Legacy Project

Two large events are coming. First is a big exhibit late next year that you need to be planning for now. Second is a long-term project we need your input on:

Exhibit Call

Plants, Birds & Pollinators Art Serving Science

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Field Sketching Kit Show and Tell -2012 Conference Feature

Dorothia Rohner attended the 2012 conference technique showcase where she captured some photos of a new offering this year - the Field Sketching Kit Show and Tell.

Jenny Keller and her sketchbook

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2012 Conference Highlights: Virtual Copic Markers

Diploblubb by Terry WhitlatchIf you have a Mac, a tablet for drawing, and want to have some fun, take a look at Sketchbook Copic Edition. The normal Sketchbook Pro is $29, but the Copic edition is free (but limited to Copic media) in the Mac App Store. If you were in Savannah, Terryl Whitlatch shared her techniques using these makers. If you are intrigued by this tool and adapting it to your needs, give it a try.

>Diploblubb by Terryl Whitlatch

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2012 Conference Highlights: Voices from our Members

2012 conference in review

>2012 Conference In Review

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2012 Annual Conference Highlights: Jodie Holt

Jody HoltThe 2012 Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Conference kicked off with a keynote lecture delivered by Dr. Jodie Holt. She is a professor in plant physiology specializing in invasive plants at University of California, Riverside. Jodie presented an interesting look at how people see or don't see, the importance that the plants have in the world. Outreach to the public through her research and her graduate students only gets you so far.

>Dr. Jodie Holt at 2012 GNSI Conference in Savannah, GA

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Science Illustration and New Media

As a guild, a group of like-minded professionals, we need to promote ourselves both for the benefit of our profession and our own careers. Using social networking tools is a powerful marketing strategy that if used collectively can bring more money and prestige to our field. I am very proud to be a science illustrator and unfortunately, most of the world has no idea who we are. People need to know who we are, why we are doing it and why this work is important. I’ll summarize a few of the most popular new media tools, including how to use them and why.

Image capture of Facebook page

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2012 GNSI Educational Series Workshop: announcement

2012 GNSI Workshop locationWe are excited to invite you to join us for the GNSI 2012 Education Series Workshop, June 22 through 26, at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana, within the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Pablo lies near the center of this home of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille, and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT, http://www.cskt.org/) and is located 60 miles north of Missoula. It encompasses the Flathead Lake and River and the majestic Mission Mountains. This beautiful, mountainous western region provides workshop participants with access to rich and varied sets of human and natural resources near our workshop location; participants will be surrounded by the beautiful and diverse habitats of the region--its wetlands, mountains, and prairie, which will provide an awe-inspiring backdrop for exploration and art.

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1957 job description for the paleo-Illustration position of GNSI Founder Lawrence B. Isham, Smithsonian Institution

This is the 1957 job description for the paleo-Illustration position of GNSI Founder Lawrence B. Isham, Department of Geology, U.S.National Museum, Smithsonian Institution. It provides an interesting insight into the requirements for a museum staff illustrator position in the mid-twentieth century.

Official Position Description for Lawrence B. Isham dated 2/27/57

Smithsonian Institution, United States National Museum, Department of Geology; author unknown.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 543
Courtesy Smithsonian Institution


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