About the Exhibit

July 16 - October 15, 2018


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Art Gallery

1200 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005
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Visiting Hours:
Monday thru Friday 9-5

50th Anniversary Juried Exhibition

July 16 – October 15, 2018

Washington, D.C.

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is a leading association of scientific illustrators and visualizers. The Guild was founded in 1968 by illustrators at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the world’s most visited natural history museum and home to the largest museum collections of natural science and human culture. Today, GNSI represents leading artists and communicators from diverse scientific disciplines around the world. Each year, in conjunction with the Guild’s annual conference, GNSI holds an international member’s exhibition to celebrate the beauty and wonder of scientific illustration. The juried exhibits showcase the very best work from emerging and professional scientific illustrators and visualizers.

2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Guild. In celebration, the 2018 public exhibition will guide visitors along a visually striking journey that uncovers the intertwined history and evolution of art and science, showcases the amazing diversity of our natural world, explores how illustration and visualization has helped to understand and convey complex science, and highlights how innovative new technologies and approaches are helping to evolve scientific illustration.The exhibition will be on public display over the course of three months at the prestigious art gallery of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society, in their headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C.

Honored Exhibition Jurors

  • Fernando Baptista, Senior Graphics Editor, National Geographic Magazine
  • Edward Bell, Animator, designer, lecturer, former art director, Scientific American magazine
  • Sarah Tanguy, Independent curator and arts writer
  • Chris Bickle, Senior Scientific Illustrator, Science Magazine, AAAS
  • Eliahu Dwek, Theoretical Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Artist, Nat. Air & Space Museum

About the Exhibit

The 50th Anniversary Guild of Natural Science Special Exhibition will take the visitor through the beginnings of modern science and science’s inseparable connections with art, through to present-day scientific knowledge and represented by the evolving art of scientific illustration and visualization.

Our Diverse World

From the most colourful flowers and plants, to animals and insects big and small, to living landscapes and processes, the exhibit will showcase the complex diversity of the natural world and our understanding of it as reflected through contemporary works of science illustration.

Seeing the Unseen

Science has allowed us to reveal such mysteries as the inner workings of human body, the depths of the cosmos and the molecular world, and ecosystems of the past. The exhibit explores how science illustration helps reveal the unseen world around us.

Simplifying Complex Science

How does science illustration and visualization help in understanding complex scientific concepts and creatively and effectively communicating science to the public? Explore world-class creative examples of this vital role.

Innovation for Today and Tomorrow

As scientific knowledge advances and technology and techniques evolve, so does the definition and nature of scientific illustration and visualization. Select examples highlight ongoing innovation and future directions in scientific illustration.

Past Exhibits

2017 GNSI Juried Exhibition

2016 GNSI Juried Exhibition

Call for Entries

GNSI members are encouraged to enter their works into the juried exhibition between February 1 and March 31, 2018.

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