Guild of Natural Science Illustrators: What We Do: Events

What we do: Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

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   GNSI Educational Series

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GNSI Conference/Annual Business Meeting

The "core" part of the conference lasts just a few days if that is all you can attend, but this event generally stretches out to a full, week of learning, sharing and fun. While each conference has its own unique character, the program generally includes:

  • Portfolio sharing/reception - meet your peers and share some stories.
  • Keynote address - exciting speakers relate whatÍs happening in our field.
  • Program sessions - frequently include topics of business, legal, technique themes.
  • Members art exhibit/reception - see the best of peersÍ work in this juried show.
  • Business meeting - hear Board reports, and participate in Guild business.
  • Banquet - experience cuisine generally in tune with local specialties.
  • Auction - bid on artwork, publications, materials (and more) to help the Guild financially.
  • Workshops - learn about electronic and traditional (and sometimes off-beat) media.
  • Field trips - go to preserves, parks, museums, zoos, arboretums, etc.
  • Price-guessing exhibit - learn how to price your art by guessing at others.

Next Conference:

2009 GNSI Annual Conference

Place: Fort Kent, Maine – University of Maine
Dates: July 5 - 11, 2009

Place: University of Maine in Fort Kent 
Along with the normal core conference and workshops, the annual GNSI conference will be a time of contrasts, with activities ranging from a leisurely hike with a Maine Forester on a ski trail where we will identify and draw tree bark and its denizens, to kayaking on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway with a Maine Guide.

Three juried exhibitions:

Think now about exhibiting in the science illustration juried show. This juried exhibition will be held in the Acadian Archives state-of-the-art facility. We have limited space so competition should be robust, although we will also have space for some smaller-size 3-D objects. We will give details for preparing the work as well as other rules in the next newsletter.

The fine arts exhibit will be held in the UMFK Blake Library gallery, separate from the Science Illustration exhibit. It should be interesting to see some of the ways that the fine arts differ from science illustration. Anything goes in this show, although there will be size limitations. We have two small display cases for 3d objects, textiles, etc.

We will also have a publications exhibit in the university library where you can show books that you have published and illustrated. The librarian is eager to see our published work.

Conference Chair:
Conference Chair: Joan Lee, (Note: Please replace -at- with "@" in your E-mail program)

Recent Conference locations:
2008 - Ithaca, New York
2007 - Montana State University Bozeman

2006 - University of Madison, Wisconsin
2005 - Bar Harbor, Maine
2004 - Williamsburg, Virginia
2003 - Denver, Colorado
2002 - Lawrence, Kansas
2001 - Bar Harbor, Maine

2000 - Evora, Portugal
1999 - Richland, Washington
1998 - Iowa State University at Ames
1997 - University of California at Santa Cruz
1996 - Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
1995 - Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff
1994 - Stouffer Hotel, Orlando, Florida (at the World Congress on Biomedical Communications)
1993 - Western Washington University at Bellingham
1992 - Univ. of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, CO
1991 - Duke Univ., Durham, NC
1990 - Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1989 - UC at Santa Barbara, CA
1988 - Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO
1987 - University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1986 - Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
1985 - University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
1985 - San Francisco, California
1984 - RISD - Providence, Rhode Island
1983 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
1982 - Seattle, Washington
1981 - Gainesville, Florida
1980 - Savannah, Georgia
1979 - Hunt Botanical Library, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


GNSI Educational Series

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is proud to sponsor the GNSI Educational Series, which has evolved out of the annual GNSI Summer Workshop. The Educational Series will offer programs at various times and national locations each year. To introduce the new Educational Series, a 4-day workshop, entitled “Beginning Digital Illustration” will be held March 27-30, 2009. For more information click here.

The Educational Series will offer a variety of formats: intensive one or two week courses, weekend seminars and presentations, retreats--to cover the variety of methods, material, skills and information that are pertinent to the current field of natural science illustration. One of the primary goals of the Educational Series is to refine and expand the skills participants have previously acquired. Different programs will be geared towards participants of at different levels or ability. Professional illustrators--all specialists in particular fields--serve as instructors to teach, demonstrate and critique a variety of techniques and subjects. Class size varies, but is usually limited to 12 to 25 participants. Depending on locations, excursions or field trips to local areas of natural and scientific interest are commonly offered. Evenings frequently can include guest lectures, sharing and critique of work, independent work, or socializing and relaxing.

Announcements of new programs will be regularly updated on this web site.

Current GNSI Educational Series programs:
2009 - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. March 27-30, 2009. Washington, DC

Recent Workshop locations:
2008 - Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, June 15-28, 2008 in Hastings, Michigan
2007 - Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, June 17 - 30, 2007 in Hastings, Michigan
2006 - Humboldt Field Research Institute and Eagle Hill Foundation, Steuben, Maine
2005 - Humboldt Field Research Institute and Eagle Hill Foundation, Steuben, Maine
2004 - Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
2003 - Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
2002 - Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
2000 - Beaver College,Glenside, Pennsylvania
1999 - Center for American Archeology; Kampsville, Illinois
1998 - Center for American Archeology; Kampsville, Illinois
1997 - None held this year
1996 - Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
1995 - Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
1994 - University of California at Santa Cruz
1993 - Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sand Point, Idaho

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