Scientific illustration brings to life the wonders of nature, from minute phytoplankton to extinct megafauna. Explore the beauty and fine details of the world around us in the special exhibit featuring works from over 40 local artists in a variety of mediums, all sure to inspire curiosity and deepen connections with science and nature. The Museum has been exhibiting science illustration since 1989 and this beloved annual show is guaranteed to appeal to lovers of both science and art.

Exhibit Events

    Andrea Dingeldein
    Brett Bell
    Brynna Reilly
    Cady DeLay
    Calene Luczo Fletcher
    Elizabeth Plummer
    Elizabeth Romanini
    Erin E. Hunter
    Erin Ellis
    Haley Grunloh
    Hannah Caisse
    Hannah Kanne
    Jennifer Zee
    Jessica Cohen
    Jonathan Broberg

    Kaelin O’Hare
    Kathryn McCullough
    Kevin Wiseman
    Khenya Clark
    Krista Anandakuttan
    Kylene Gilmore
    Liz Bloomfield
    Lora Roame
    Lyal Michel
    Mari Stauffer Howard
    Maria Cecilia Freeman
    Mason Schratter
    Megan Gnekow
    Melissa Robbins-Eugene
    Michael Baca

    Molly Brown
    Nefret Allen-Cantu
    Nicholas Ta
    Noelle Balagtas
    Patricia Larenas
    Rachel Strader
    Rebecca Botelho
    Reid Psaltis
    Sami Chang
    Sondra Cohelan
    Suzanne B. Clark
    Suzy Rad
    Tina Fuller Somers
    Torie Robinson
    Vance Lawry
    Victoria O’Dea

    Paleontological Art

    Unlike living species, extinct organisms can only be seen or depicted through scientific illustration. Paleoartists use fossil evidence, genetic relationships, and anatomical knowledge to inform their rendering of environments and creatures that may look nothing like what exists today. This piece from artist Mason Schratter was inspired by a fossil bone that recently came to the Museum. Read the full story HERE.

    Educational Resources


    Lecture on Exploring Art and Science

    In this full length lecture, artist and educator Andrea Dingeldein details the long history of scientific illustration, from cave paintings to today.

    Art for Conservation

    During this lecture with artist Megan Gnekow, we explore how understanding and communicating food webs and other ecological relationships can help put some favorite (and famous!) creatures into context. You’ll also learn how creative use of science illustration can help tell these stories.

    Art+Science to Understand Joshua Tree Species

    In this talk, Dr. Juniper Harrower shares her multimedia art and ecological research practice that investigates the impacts of climate change on Joshua trees and their critical symbiotic partners — a clever moth pollinator and an underground community of mycorrhizal fungi.

    How a Botanical Artist Looks at a Rose

    Learn how to get to know a rose in order to illustrate it. During this online lecture, Maria Cecilia Freeman demonstrates how to draw and paint petals, leaves, and other parts that help distinguish a rose.

    From Sketch to Skin

    In this Sketch to Skin video, watch the process Yvonne Byers uses for her science illustration tattoos. It begins with studying her subject, followed by sketching, and then translating it onto a human canvas.

    Lecture on Visualizing Science

    Where does illustrator end, and infographer begin? How does data visualization fit in? And what does science have to say about the design decisions we make? Jen Christiansen hopes to get folks thinking about what they can learn from — and teach to — different visual sub-disciplines within the broader orb of science communication.

    Ask an Artist with Megan Gnekow

    During this livestream event, the Museum’s Public Programs Manager interviews science illustrator Megan Gnekow, about the intersection of art and science with her work. Megan’s work has regularly been on exhibit in “The Art of Nature.”

    Shop Scientific Illustration

    Visit our gift shop or Online Museum Store to find your ideal print, card, sticker and more featuring scientific illustration from local artists. Your purchase supports the Museum and our arts community.