February Greetings, GNSI family and friends! Here is the latest roundup of news and information on your GNSI webisite. Check out these new features, and be sure to stop by regularly.



Hunt Institute Exhibit: Elements
March 19 - June 30, 2015
Location: Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Opening Reception: March 19, 2015, 5 - 7 p.m.

This exhibit features drawings and watercolors of bird nests with a focus on the natural and man-made materials incorporated into these architectural structures.

Hebrew Illumination for Our Time: The Art of Barbara Wolff
Date: February 6 - May 3, 2015
Location: The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405
212.685.0008 (Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station)

For many museum-goers the use of rich gold and silver leaf to illuminate religious texts is an artistic practice that began and ended centuries ago. However, the process in all of its precision and beauty continues to this day, and a new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum highlights the work of celebrated contemporary artist and GNSI member Barbara Wolff. The manuscripts feature gold, silver, and platinum foils on vellum with imagery drawn from nature, archaeology, and religious custom in a 21st century ode to the long history of Jewish illumination.

GNSI Traveling Exhibit
Would you like to showcase some of the best of our members' art at your local gallery, museum or other venue? You can rent the excellent GNSI Traveling Exhibit, which showcases reproductions of more than 20 years of natural history illustrations, and highlights a wide selection of time honored techniques by GNSI members. There is a modest fee plus shipping and insurance. More information and reservation instructions.


Art Biologic Exhibit Call
Entry Dates: January 8 - February 28, 2015

Looking to do something a little different with your Nature and Science art? Here is an exhibit call with a fine art twist that might interest you. SlowArt Productions presents the fifth periodic group exhibition, Art Biologic. This exhibition will focus on art inspired by nature and biology. It will be held at the Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY from May 14 - June 6, 2015. Eligible are all art forms relating to, or gaining inspiration from nature and biology. All artist interpretations of the theme, from the realist to the abstract and conceptual, will be reviewed and considered.

Exhibit Call: The Afterlife of Trees
Entry Dates: August 1 - October 1, 2015

This exhibit is inspired by scientific research on tree decomposition. The Arts Center of Corvallis, Oregon 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.

GNSI 2015 Annual Juried Members Exhibit Call
Entry Dates: March 21 - April 6, 2015
Venue: The Arcadia University Art Gallery., Glenside, PA
Eligibility: All GNSI members in good standing.
Notification: Acceptances/regrets will be sent via e-mail by 8 May 2015.
Delivery of Art: June 27 - July 1, 2015
Exhibit Dates: July 6 - July 12, 2015
Subject Matter: Original artwork, gallery-quality prints, sculpture or multimedia work created with either traditional or digital techniques or a mix thereof. Science or nature-related subjects. No photographs.
Submission: The number of entries is limited to 2 per GNSI member.
Submission Format: Digital files only. Entries must be submitted digitally via, a.k.a. CaF. CaF is a web-based service with detailed online submission instructions and a team of professionals available to address tech support needs.

QUESTIONS? For general exhibit information, contact Matt Borgen, Exhibition Coordinator, Arcadia University Gallery[[log in to unmask]] or Scott Rawlins, GNSI Conference Coordinator [[log in to unmask]]

GNSI Great Lakes Chapter 2015 Exhibit Call
Capturing the Essence: Connecting People And Nature Through Art
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


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

Linda has paired her skills as an artist and scientific illustrator with her zest for travel to bring exceptional opportunities to artists, photographers and nature enthusiasts. Wild Art Safaris will offer creative workshops as well as adventure travel across the United States and around the world, collaborating with researchers and conservation efforts. Click on the link above to see upcoming (2015) tours.


Date: March 17, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Smithsonian Natural History Museum
10th and Constitution Ave., Washington, D.C.
Room WG 33, West Wing

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Washington, D.C. Chapter has a special meeting planned for March 17th. Our presenters will be coming in from Connecticut to show us their unique equipment for producing macrophotography on steroids. For both artists and scientists who seek a vastly improved way to portray and study the micro world, this will be a must-see presentation!


Denver Botanic Gardens 2015 Illustrator/Artist In Residence Program
Application Dates: January 20 - March 16, 2015

This 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.

Two workshops with Lore Ruttan at Highlands Biological Station, Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina:
1] Natural Science Illustration in Black & White
June 29 - July 3, 2015
Natural science illustration is the practice of conveying information about nature in an accurate, intuitive and visually appealing manner. Over the course of five days, students will observe and draw a variety of natural objects and be given help in improving those skills. Instruction will be give in three main types of traditional media; graphite, pen and ink, and scratchboard. Students can choose to work on a broad variety of natural subjects including plants, birds, insects, bones, or even rocks!

2] Natural Science Illustration in Color
Date: July 6 - July 10, 2015
Students in this course will learn colored pencil, and watercolor illustration techniques that emphasize detail, precision and taxonomic accuracy.


The GNSI Journal Needs You!

FREE-RANGE WRANGLERS: Journal Wranglers help by contacting authors, keeping them on schedule, and make sure they have all the elements for their articles. Ongoing, as you are able.

SPECIAL ISSUE WRANGLERS: We'd like someone (or a small team) to develop articles on Using Frisket, and on Creating Signs and Murals.

ARTICLES NEEDED (ALWAYS!): If you have an idea for an topic, either an article that you will write or one that you would like to see addressed in future issues, please let us know!

That's all for now. Please submit your news and information for future posts. And think Spring!

Gail Guth

GNSI Outreach Director

Gail Guth
Guth Illustration & Design
139 Lathrop Avenue
Battle Creek, MI  49014-5076
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