The Art of Nature

© Elizabeth Romanini 2017

Every year the Museum is proud to showcase California artists who bring science to life through art in our beloved annual exhibit, The Art of Nature. The exhibit highlights the work of numerous artists whose work illustrates science in a variety of media with a wide range of subjects, including: insects, plants, birds, mammals, landscapes and microorganisms.

2019 Call for Entries

Online Submissions accepted HERE

Exhibition Details

Artists may submit up to 3 pieces which fit the definition of science illustration: Artwork in the service of science, which creates images of organisms or processes that teach, inform, and create understanding of our world.


Open to Bay Area residents, 18 years old or older.


  • January 31: Submissions due
  • February 5: Artists notified about submissions
  • March 25: Exhibit install
  • March 29: Artist/Museum Member Opening Reception
  • June 2: Exhibit Closes
  • June 3: Artwork pickup

Exhibit Design, Construction, and Installation

  • The Museum will prepare and provide wall space, and hang the show
  • The artist must provide framed artwork that is wired for hanging
  • The exhibit elements will be created off site by the artist and brought to the Museum on or before the installation window.


The artist will complete any research, design, art production and installation as a volunteer and will not receive compensation for the exhibit. The Museum will not broker the sale of any artwork on the wall and labels may not include prices. However, the Museum will provide business cards to interested parties as requested, and keep a price list at the Front Desk. Consignment prints or cards may be sold in the Museum gift shop- the Museum will retain a 25% consignment fee on the sale of all items and will return unsold items along with a check for consignment sales within 30 days of the close of the show.

Ownership of the Exhibit

Ownership of the artwork will remain with the artist.


The artist will provide promotional images for advertisements and press, if requested. The Museum shall have the right to photograph and/or reproduce artwork in full or in part for educational, or publicity purposes, including social media. Use of images for promotional purposes will credit the artist. The Museum will cover expenses associated with First Friday fees, the reception, and all related promotion.


The Museum assumes all responsibility for the protection of artist’s work while on exhibit.

Online Submissions accepted HERE