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40th Anniversary Natural Science Exhibition
of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

Where and when: Acadian Archives/Archives Acadiennes, UMFK; month of July 2009

Call for Exhibitors!


The 40th Anniversary Natural Science Exhibition of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators will be unveiled on Monday, July 6, 2009, in Fort Kent, Maine. It is open to all members, and we encourage you to enter one or two of your scientific or nature-related illustrations to be part of the 2009 conference. There will be two separate exhibits this year: a science illustration exhibit and a fine arts exhibit. Both exhibits will be primarily 2-dimensional art, but there is limited space for a few small pieces of 3-dimensional art as well.

Exhibit I: Eyes On Science

Juried Exhibit

Where and when: Acadian Archives/Archives Acadiennes; month of July 2009

The Eyes On Science Exhibition represents art in the service of science. Works included in this exhibition should be work that was created to communicate scientific information or a scientific concept. A scientist may be directly involved in the product of this kind of work, such as a series of illustrations of types of skulls or the ever-famous mosquito genitalia. This also might include illustrations done for textbooks, and might include anatomical renderings, illustrations of life cycles, or a realistic rendering of a type of animal.

Criteria for Judging:

Submissions to this exhibit will be judged on clear and effective communication of scientific knowledge. This is your opportunity to demonstrate the greatest strength of an illustrator, the ability to synthesize complex ideas or pages of text into visual language. Your illustration should focus on creativity as it purtains to purpose rather than aesthetics and artistic value. All submissions must include supporting material that clearly explain the purpose of the illustration such as, but not limited to, a written synopsis of the Science (either by the illustrator or the scientist who commissioned the piece) or an image of the subject matter demonstrating why the illustration is necessary.


Because of lateness in Newsletter delivery, the deadline for submission is extended from March 25th to April 8th. You may submit images and forms by e-mail (cnixon@illinois.edu) or mail them postmarked by Apr. 8th.

Digital files are now the preferred format. They can be e-mailed or mailed on a CD-ROM. They should be saved as a high resolution (1024 x 768 pixel min. - 2048 x 1536 pixel prefered) .jpg format (quality 85/100 or higher) or .tif. 2" x 2" 35mm slides may also be submitted.

All media must include artist's name, phone number, and title of the work. For slides, include a red dot in the bottom left corner (as image is seen correctly). Each submission should include a copy of the entry form. Entry forms may be photocopied. All submissions must be of good quality and accurately represent the original art.

Please make sure that the digital files or slides meet the following criteria:

Submissions not meeting these requirements may be excluded from adjudication. Please note that as space may be limited, acceptance may be limited to one entry per artist. All entries must be postmarked no later than April 8th, 2009. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish your submissions to be returned.

entry form link (pdf)

entry form link (jpg)

Send entries to:

Carie Nixon
Illinois Natural History Survey
1816 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820

FAX: 217-333-4949

Upon Acceptance:

You will receive notice of the jury's decision by May 14th, 2009. Upon acceptance, please send your original artowrk or a high quality print to arrive in the month of June. The art will be on display for the Month of July.

You will need to move quickly to prepare your image once notified. You will have only 6 weeks to frame, ship and deliver your art.

You must make sure your packaging can be used again and include a prepaid return shipping label if you want your artwork back (we're assuming you do!). Send to:

c/o J H LEE
ST FRANCIS ME 04774-4139