Science Illustrators On Display

by | Oct 15, 2015

Have you ever wondered who creates the artwork that fills the pages of our science textbooks? Science illustrators! These professional artists represent the natural world through an informative and accurate approach that requires research, discipline and questioning.

NATURE: With Hands and Eyes, our newest exhibit in The Ackerley Family Gallery, highlights a compilation of works by members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Northwest Chapter (GNSI-NW). GNSI-NW is a nonprofit organization of artists in the Pacific Northwest that focuses on scientific illustration of the natural world.

The group includes nature-loving individuals, scientists, artists and teachers alike. Scientific illustration reflects the findings of science and technology. In both traditional and digital formats, the artwork in this field helps provide a visual explanation and aids viewers by clarifying complex descriptive information. The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators describes the purpose of scientific illustration as simply practical: to inform, to explain and to instruct – in short, to communicate.

NATURE: With Hands and Eyes will be on exhibit until April 1, 2016.

This exhibit showcases 30 pieces that use paint, pencil, pen, ink and/or computer design. Through animation, portraiture and anatomy imagery, the artists of this exhibition hope to spark an interest in science and inspire their viewers to pursue careers in scientific illustration, while encouraging viewers to dig deep and observe closely.

Artists featured in this exhibit: