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GNSI 2012 Conference Announcement - Savannah, GA 

December 8, 2011

Conference Dates: July 8-14, 2012
Location: Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA

2012 GNSI Conference Invitation

December 2, 2011

— Kristie Bruzenak, Conference Chair

Join us at SCAD Savannah for stunning encounters with nature and meet fellow artists who showcase its beauty in their work at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators National Conference July 8-14, 2012.

This year’s conference will offer sessions reaching back in time to topics like the structure of dinosaurs, touching base with current technology and looking forward to what scientific illustration may become.

There will be two juried exhibitions, a small works show and the traditional juried members show. Think both small and large this year! The small works exhibition will be held at the Jepsen Center, a contemporary art museum that is one of the three Telfair Museums. The traditional members show will be shown in a SCAD gallery. More detailed information about the shows will be published in January.

Your visit to Savannah will be unforgettable. It's distinctive park squares, cobblestone streets and historic architecture reflect its legacy as the capital of one of the original 13 American colonies. The city's location offers easy access to tidal freshwater wetlands, bottomland hardwood forests, mud flats, maritime forests, salt marshes, sandy beaches and the wildlife these habitats support.

Because Savannah enjoys a coastal location, there are five miles of beautiful sandy beaches on Tybee Island, only 18 miles from downtown, that can provide delightful pre and post-conference R & R. Expect to see plenty of wildlife while you are here, from rough-billed pelicans and fiddler crabs to bottlenose dolphins. Tybee Island also offers the Tybee Marine Science Center, the Tybee Light Station and the Tybee Island Museum, as well as several varieties of nature discovery tours. Conference field trips will be centered on Savannah’s coastal region assets. Research vessel voyages, dolphin discovery boat tours, turtle walks, and more will be offered.

Wildlife lovers can visit the Oatland Island Wildlife Reserve with its wolves, bison, flying squirrels and alligators, and the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge which is home to a large variety of wildlife including: ducks, geese, wading birds, shorebirds and several endangered and/or threatened species including bald eagles, wood storks, manatees and shortnose sturgeon. The refuge also provides nesting areas for wood ducks, great horned owls, bald eagles, osprey and swallow-tailed kites among others. Skidaway Island State Park offers campsites with water, power washer dryers and showers to those who love to stay where the wild things are.

Evenings in Savannah can be as laid-back or fun-filled as you choose. There are many wonderful restaurants to explore, representing a wide range of cuisine. As evening sets in you can enjoy a glass of wine at a lovely café, tour the city in a horse-drawn carriage, try a riverboat cruise, join a haunted pub crawl, visit a jazz club or find a nightclub and dance the night away.

SCAD Savannah is a city-wide campus with over 10,000 art students enrolled. The college owns numerous buildings all over the city (PDF map). For our housing, we will be using SCAD’s graduate dorm facilities, which have apartments containing living areas and kitchens, as well as bedrooms and bathrooms. To save time and energy, our breakfasts will be served in the Commons Room at the dorms and lunches will be served at the site of the lecture sessions, the newly expanded and renovated SCAD Museum of Art. Diverse dinner options will be offered in the nearby Café SCAD, or you may elect to dine at one of the many restaurants in the city.

All in all, it promises to be a wonderful time for connecting, learning and having fun. We hope to see you in Savannah, July 2012!

Links to other Savannah Destinations and Information:

2012 GNSI Conference

Event Date: 

July 8, 2012 - 4:00am to July 14, 2012 - 4:00am

GNSI Conference Cost

Overall, the cost of participation is the same or less than last year.

  • Core fee is likely to be $195. This is a little higher than last year, but we will be including the Banquet in this cost, so it is really a very good deal.
  • Dorm housing - $44/night (same as last year)
  • Food - $6 breakfast, $9 lunch, $9 dinner (less than last year)
  • Workshops $50/half day, $100 full/day (same as last year)
  • Field trips $30 - $80 depending on the trip (half day and full day trips)/ $100 -half day kayak trip

Registration will begin April 2nd. Workshop and Field Trip slots will be reserved for GNSI members and Day Registrants until June 5th.

GNSI Conference January Update

January 18, 2012

An important message from the 2012 conference coordinator.

We are no longer taking submissions for traditional workshops. We are still looking for knowledgeable artists and scientists to present on fascinating subjects this summer conference July 8 – 14th. The deadline for submissions may have passed, but there is still time. If you have a great idea for the conference, email Cat Wilson.

Please include a short description of your idea and which of the following niches you want to participate in: 

  • Technique showcase presenters: Demonstrations of your techniques & tools. The tech showcase is the most casual way to participate.
  • Presentation Presenters: (~one hour or 50 mins) Speak about a topic that you are passionate about. For example, you could speak about a recent project, techniques & methods for working, history of illustration/profile of an inspirational figure from art or science history, business skills & marketing, research methods, connections between education, science, and art, etc.
  • Digital Workshop Leaders: (1/2 day, 1 day or even 2) Workshops are where folks can dig in and try out techniques and get lots of detailed instructions. Often our workshops focused on art techniques, but a workshop on science-based techniques could be excellent.
  • Mini-Workshop Leaders: (1 or 2 hours) A hybrid of the presentation and workshop. These let people get hands-on with materials and technique but in a short period of time. Great for those that would rather not speak for an hour straight.
  • NEW! Portfolio Reviewers: (1 or 2 hours) We are looking to incorporate portfolio reviews in the next conference. Still in the planning phase, it is likely that this would be apart of the core conference. Each review would be twenty minutes so it is only a commitment to review six portfolios.

More information will be posted in the coming months. There might be more potential presentations/workshops than the conference schedule will have room for. So get those ideas in early.

Happy New Year everyone!

Cat Wilson 
GNSI National Conference
Programs Coordinator


GNSI Conference Exhibits

Call For Entries

Share Your Talents Three Ways!

We hope you have been making plans to attend the 2012 GNSI conference at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia! In addition to a great lineup of presentations and workshops, camaraderie, exciting field trips, and general fun, there will be three opportunities to showcase your work to GNSI members and the Savannah community.

  1. Annual Members Exhibit will be held at the Pei Ling Chan Gallery and Garden for the Arts. This is a beautiful gallery complete with a courtyard to hold our reception. This will be a juried exhibit open June 30 - July 21. (note: this date is printed incorrectly on the mailed announcement)
  2. Small Works Exhibit, images 9x12 framed, will be showcased at the Jepson Center, in the Telfair Museum, the oldest museum in the South. This juried exhibition provides the opportunity to showcase works whose beautiful qualities can be lost when displayed with works of larger scale. The exhibit will be open from July 7 - August 6.
  3. Mini Works Exhibit these are the non-juried, traditional (but renamed) tiny works created by you this past year- inspired by the 2011 conference in Olympia, WA. We encourage you to offer these works to the auction to help raise funds for the Guild and its Education Fund.

Can't make it to the conference this year? Can you still submit artwork?? Why of course!!

Please send your entries and view the accepted work on the conference website!

-Jamie Guth, Exhibit Coordinator

Watch for the exhibit information flyer in your mailbox! 

The GNSI 2012 Member's Exhibit Entry Form is linked in the "Resources" section at the bottom of this page.


Submission Information



ANNUAL EXHIBIT: Original artwork, gallery quality prints, sculpture, or multimedia of work created either with traditional or digital techniques or a mix thereof; science or nature-related themes. Up to 2 images, Frame Size: up to 44” width.

SMALL WORKS EXHIBIT: original artwork or gallery quality prints of work created either with traditional or digital techniques or a mix thereof; science or nature related themes. (NOTE: The Jepson Gallery is open to the public and provides minimal security). Up to 3 images, maximum outside frame dimensions - 9”x12” - no exceptions! Prints must be no less than 80% of the original's size.

MINI WORKS EXHIBIT: Any medium; reflect your real or imagined experience at the Olympia Conference; no larger than 3.5” x 4”. 1/8” bleed all around for framing. Entries will be framed at the SCAD frame shop.

Submission Deadline: Entry and form postmarked by March 28, or received by April 2

Acceptance letters delivered by Friday, May 4

How to submit your entry: 

  • Digital files preferred: JPG, PNG, or GIF formats.
  • Maximum of 2560 x 2560 pixels/Minimum of 1500 x 1500 pixels, no files larger than 5 MB each.
  • Multimedia entries: SWF or MOV formats: Files over 5MB-CD or File Sharing
  • Slides: please contact Jamie for information

SUBMIT ENTRIES for the Annual and small works exhibits:

1] By mail: 

  • Fill out the exhibit entry form, and burn the image files to a CD. Label the CD with your first and last name, and “GNSI 2012 Exhibit.”
  • Mail entries: Jamie Guth (attn: GNSI Exhibit)
  • CDs will not be returned.

Postmark deadline: March 28, 2012

2] By email: 

  • Send an electronic copy of the exhibit entry form plus attached images of the artwork to the exhibit coordinator
  • Title of the email should read “GNSI Exhibits”

Email entries by April 2, 2012

3] By file-sharing:

  • Post files to your own website and send an email with your exhibit entry form and the link to the URL of your files
  • Use free file-sharing websites such as www.dropbox.com or www.box.net to upload your files, then “share” the files. Don’t forget to include the entry form.

Entries must be “shared” by April 2, 2012

The GNSI Conference Sponsorship Hunt is on!

This special announcement is to ask for your help. We need your input on possible organizations to contact for Sponsorship request for the next GNSI meeting in Savannah, Georgia, July 8-14, 2012. If you know of any business or organization that might offer sponsorships, or be interested in helping the education or professional mission of the Guild, let us know so we can investigate.

Last year we had some help from Savannah College of Art and Design, Denver Botanic Gardens, dbShaw Studios, University of Washington, Strats 3D, Starbucks, and Science-Art.com, with some local help from Graphic Communications and an Olympia WA art store Olyphant Art Supply.

If anyone knows of any programs or contact points that would help, the GNSI would really appreciate you speaking up! Please help the next Guild conference be a success!

GNSI Members Exhibit Deadline reminder

It's now officially Spring! But before you fall victim to a serious bout of Spring Fever, be sure to get in your entries for the TWO juried exhibits offered at the GNSI Annual Conference in Savannah. It will be an outstanding Conference and we want you represented there!

Entries for the Annual Member's Exhibit and the Small Works exhibit are due soon! Postmark entry date is March 28, emailed or file-sharing entries are due by April 2!

And don't forget to finish up your (non-juried) MiniWorks exhibit entry; mail your art to Kristie Bruzenak by June 18; entries will be framed and displayed near the registration desk, and you may opt to add your art to the auction.

Download the Entry Forms from the "Resources" link at the bottom of the conference exhibit webpage.

Contact exhibits coordinator for information.

GNSI Conference Site is Live!

April 4, 2012

The new 2012 GNSI Conference site is now live with detailed information on the coming event. We have multiple Keynote speakers with exciting topics. Traditional, digital and 3D subject matters are represented in the programs. And we are being hosted by a large, private college devoted to a creative education.

The Savannah College of Art and Design is pulling out all the stops to help us make this a conference to remember. So we hope you will start planning now to register (starting in the second week of April).  If the array of presentations starts you thinking that you really want in on the action, contact Cat Wilson, our program chair, to see what spots are left for presentations.

>Image: One of the field trip destinations at historic Ebeneezer Creek 

GNSI 2012 Conference - Savannah, GA update

Here is a quick update on GNSI Savannah Conference registrations. 

Registrations are rolling in!  But it appears there has been a glitch at the post office.  The PO Box reserved for registration provided us with the wrong zip code (Grrr!).  The number is off by one digit.

Currently, mail is being delivered, but soon that will end. If you have not yet sent in your registration, download the new corrected form.

We are still working hard on the online registration, it has proved more complicated than expected, but it looks like it will go live by May 10th.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Savannah for a great conference with great presentations, workshops, and field trips!


Register NOW for the GNSI Annual Conference in Savannah, July 8-14!! Online registration is easy, or send your's in by mail. Some workshops and field trips are already filling up, don't miss your chance!

Late registration fees will need to be assessed if you postmark your paper registration after June 1st, or sign up online after June 5th.

Early Registration Deadline is Near

2012 exhibit teaserWE'RE DOWN TO THE WIRE!

If you are planning to attend the 2012 GNSI Conference in Savannah (and we hope you are!), you have until June 5 to avoid late fees!  Mail registrations needed to be postmarked by today (June 1st) for early registration prices. Online registration still has a few more days to go! 

You can begin online registration here: 

Sign up today and don't miss out on the great programs being offered in one of America's great cities. The core conference is packed with excellent presentation topics and demonstrations, and there are still some spaces available in workshops and field trips.

We have an amazing array of artwork accepted into our two exhibits this year! Don't miss these beautiful displays. Art from the exhibits will be posted online after the conference for all to view.

GNSI conferences are always inspiring and fun, and a wonderful way to connect in person with your fellow illustrators! Check out the conference website for information and registration.

The image in this email is one of the fine images selected for our Annual Members exhibit. Come to Savannah to see them all in person!

>Image by Kristie Potwora, Okanagana rimosa (Cicada), 2012- colored pencil on smooth bristol.

Join us in Savannah, July 8-14!

Early Registration is almost over!

>Image by Pam Little; Pileated Woodpeckers at Nest, 2011.Only another 24 hours before the online Early Registration deadline. Now would be a good time (June 4-5th) to sign up for the GNSI Annual Conference, if you have not done so already.

You can begin registration here:  

The presentations continue to grow and the spaces in the workshops and field trips continue to shrink. We hope you can make it for an educational (and fun) time with us in Savannah GA July 8-14th.

In this email is another example of the artwork accepted into the annual exhibit. Come to Savannah to see them all!

>Image by Pam Little; Pileated Woodpeckers at Nest, 2011.

Welcome To Savannah!

>Image by Alix Lukas, another of the wonderful images in the Member's Exhibit.The 2012 GNSI Annual Conference Committee is ready to welcome all of you to the beautiful city of Savannah, July 8-14!

The Conference is only 30 days away! If you have not already registered, there is still time, and there are still spaces available in most workshops and field trips (though we are down to just one spot left on the Canoe trip into the swamps!)

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to see old friends, make new ones, expand your skills and enrich your artistic soul! If you've never been to a GNSI conference before, you are in for an amazingly inspiring and fun week. Add to all of this the ambiance of one of America's great historic cities, and you have an unbeatable experience ahead of you.

Visit the 2012 conference website, and register today! We are looking forward to seeing all of you in July.

If you are looking for ridesharing opportunities, log in to your member account and visit the GNSI Forums/Conference Travel to post your need for a ride or availability to give one. The Forum is for GNSI members only. You will need to be logged in, and a paid member, to see anything. You can also post a request to the Comments form on the GNSI site and we will add it to the Forum.

Make sure you succinctly list your location and time of arrival and departure from your desired locations.

PS: Don't forget your ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) to share at the banquet!

>Image by Alix Lukas, another of the wonderful images in the Member's Exhibit.

Savannah- Down to the wire!

It's almost conference time, and the Savannah Conference Committee is dotting the "i's" and crossing the "t's" on preparations for a wonderful meeting in Savannah. GA, July 8-14. There are still spaces available in some workshops and field trips, and great-rate accommodations are still available in the SCAD housing apartments.

Come to Savannah: spend a week with people who share and cherish your passion for nature and art! Get inspired, learn new techniques, brush up on ones you already know, make new friends and say hi to "old" ones!

We know money is tight, and the summer is short, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value in our mix of events, presentations, workshops, field trips and lodging in one of America's great cities. So take the plunge, and join us in Savannah! Check those last-minute airfares, you might find a great deal!

See you soon!

Kristie Bruzenak
Conference Chair

Notes and acknowledgments:

This blog post is a compilation of multiple blog articles and announcements relating to the 2011 GNSI Annual Conference.

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