• Drawer of collected birds. Photo credit: Taina Litwak

  • Washington Monument. Photo credit: Charles Chen

  • Panda at the Washington Zoo. Photo credit: Charles Chen

  • The sign for the American University. Photo credit: Shannon Russell

  • Collection of Paleo objects. Photo credit: Taina Litwak

  • Seal with kids at the zoo. Photo credit: Charles Chen

  • Grounds at the American University campus. Photo credit: Shannon Russell

Registration is now OPEN! Register here!

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 50th Anniversary Conference
July 15 – July 21, 2018

Join us in Washington, D.C for the best GNSI conference ever, as we return to our roots at the renowned Smithsonian Institution. Through lectures, workshops and the techniques showcase, we will share our collective knowledge. We will have the opportunity to explore new horizons through field trips to zoos, parks, research centers, and the fabled Smithsonian as well.

About the Conference

Host Campus: American University, Washington D.C.

Registration Opens: April, 2018

The GNSI conference brings together illustrators, artists, educators, and scientists from all over the country and the world in a celebration of natural science illustration and visualization.

The three-day CORE CONFERENCE (Monday-Wednesday) includes:

  • Presentations by top visual interpreters in the country,
  • Portfolio sharing,
  • Annual juried art exhibit opening reception,
  • A lively and entertaining auction (benefiting the Guild’s education fund),
  • Technique demonstrations, and
  • The awards banquet.

From Thursday to Saturday, you can select from a wide-range of activities in:

  • Hands-on workshops in traditional techniques,
  • Digital techniques in State of the Art computer labs
  • Educational field trips or tours.


About the Setting

Our host campus is the esteemed American University, located in a leafy residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, DC. It is just northwest of stately Georgetown and the hustle and bustle of Embassy Row. AU surrounds Ward Circle, with easy access to all other parts of the city, including the Potomac River, Rock Creek Park, and the National Zoo via AU’s free shuttle services to the D.C. Metro. We have an exciting week planned starting with our juried GNSI Art Exhibit and reception at the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as well as a full day at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History with exclusive access to their storied and rare collections.

The Guild Juried Member Exhibition

We have an exciting week planned, starting with the GNSI 50th Anniversary Special Exhibition, Visualize: Art Revealing Science. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest scientific society, has generously provided exhibition space at their headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. to showcase the Guild’s diversity of talent and skills with a museum-quality exhibition, Visualize: Art Revealing Science. This unique exhibition will be on view in the AAAS Art Gallery starting on July 16, 2018, for a full three months. Exhibit entry opens February 1, 2018.

About the Guild

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) is a nonprofit organization that encourages high standards of competence and professionalism among members and offers aspiring illustrators opportunities and skills needed to succeed in their careers. Originally established in 1968 at the Smithsonian, the GNSI has since grown to encompass science illustrators in many disciplines, and welcomes members with varying skill levels in traditional and digital media. The one thing members have in common is a love for science and the natural world—and a passion for communicating scientific concepts to the larger public.