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Fred Nijhout

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Fred Nijhout is a Professor of Biology and Duke University. He got his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1970, and received his PhD in Biology from Harvard University in 1974. After several years of postdoctoral work at the University of Washington and the National Institutes of Health, he joined the faculty of Duke University in 1977. He was chairman of the Zoology department and has served on the curriculum committee and on the university-wide committee on promotion and tenure. His research deals with two aspects of the biology of insects. The first is the process of metamorphosis and the study of how hormones regulate growth and control the orderly transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. The second deals with the mechanisms that control the development and evolution of color patterns on the wings of butterflies. Both lines of research are motivated by a desire to understand the structure and function of complex biological structures and discovering the pathways through which genes and mutations lead to specific traits. He has published more than 150 research articles, and two books: “The Development and Evolution of Butterfly Wing Patterns” (Smithsonian Institution Press). and “Insect Hormones” (Princeton University Press). Fred Nijhout was born in the Netherlands and came to the US to go to college. He is now a naturalized citizen. He lives with his wife and a cat in Durham, North Carolina. In his spare time he does pottery, primarily raku, and paints abstract landscapes.

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Presentation & Workshop Speakers


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Jennifer Armstrong
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Jennifer Armstrong is a graphic designer and exhibit developer at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. She's been involved with the planning and installation of many of the museum's interactive exhibits, including the Dinosaur Trail. Universal design is an important consideration in Jennifer's work and a focus of the museum. The beauty of universal design is it benefits a wide range of museum guests--children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. The challenge is designing an engaging and authentic exhibit.



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Melisa Beveridge
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Melisa Beveridge is a freelance science illustrator and designer who is fascinated by underappreciated species but is especially enamored with insects. At her day job as the Art Director at Natural History Magazine, where she has worked for the past 2 1/2 years, she tries to sneak insects into layouts as often as possible. She has a degree in biology and art, as well as a master's certificate from UCSC Science Illustration program.


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James Boyle
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James Boyle is William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law at Duke Law School. He is the author of The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind, Shamans, Software and Spleens: Law and Construction of the Information Society and The Shakespeare Chronicles, a novel about the search for the true author of Shakespeare's works. He is the co-author of Bound By Law, an educational comic book on fair use. In 2003 he won the World Technology Award for Law for his work on the "intellectual ecology" of the public domain, and on the new "enclosure movement" that threatens it. He was one of the founding board members of Creative Commons, which works to facilitate the free availability of art, scholarship, and cultural materials by developing innovative, machine-readable licenses that individuals and institutions can attach to their work.

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Kristie Bruzenak
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Kristie earned her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and studied classical drawing and design systems at The Barnstone Studios. She has been a professor of Foundation Studies at The Savannah College of Art and Design for the last seven years. Her recent presentations include – Drawing for Design, Shifting the Focus of Foundations Drawing at the FATE national conference and Visual Structures, Form Follows Content at Think Tank IV. She has exhibited her drawings and paintings nationally.

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Tamara L. Clark
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Tamara has been a member of the GNSI since 1996 and is the current President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI. She has a BA in Biology and an MS in Forest Ecology. Tamara works part-time at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole doing web-design, and freelances as an illustrator using both traditional and digital techniques. Her recent clients include the Encyclopedia of Life and the Smithsonian. She also produces a line of cards and prints of her illustrations, which requires a traditional as well as a digital printing space--a common need for today's artists.
www.tamaraclark.com

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David Clarke
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When David realized that his talent involved a pencil, he shuffled off to the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied illustration and graphic design. Following a comment from one of his professors that he was immature, Dave shifted his focus to children's books. Over the past twenty years, he has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in the children's book industry for clients such as Simon & Schuster, Pearson and Scott Foresman among others. In addition to his kid's book work, he has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator for advertising, industry and education, which lead to his decision to teach. He has taught design and illustration classes, and classes and workshops on Flash and Illustrator for the past ten years. Today, he is the senior designer (art director) for the University of Maryland University College, designing and creating animations, games and other learning objects to be used in the school's online classes.

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Traci Connor
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Traci Conner has a BA in Electrical Engineering from NC State University. She has been working with the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC for the past 16 years developing and evaluating exhibits. She has played a key role in seeing several large and one-of-a-kind exhibitions from concept to completion, including Explore the Wild, Catch the Wind, Magic Wings Butterfly House and the Dinosaur Trail. All of these projects included collaborations with illustrators and graphic artists. In addition, she consults with museums nationwide including exhibit development work with New York Hall of Science and evaluation projects with Inverness Research Associates in California.


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John Cody
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John has been a member of the GNSI ever since he stopped going to the AMI meetings years ago. He has taught many watercolor workshops all over the US and some in Europe, both within and outside the GNSI. He is extremely old, with about 78 years of experience with watercolor. Excessively specialized, he paints moths – but only Saturniid ones.

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Rebeccah J. W. Cope
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Rebeccah has been employed with the Wake County Parks Division for 14 years. Her formal education is in biology & natural resources management, and her professional interests focus on environmental education & conservation. She’s been involved in historical research & reenactment since childhood and is a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism’s Order of the Laurel, an arts award given in recognition of her work on paint pigments. Rebeccah has taught related classes at the NC Museum of Art, NC Botanical Gardens, Historic Yates Mill Co. Park & elsewhere.

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Hillary Ellis
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Hillary Ellis is a painting conservator in private practice in Durham, North Carolina. She is a member of the American Institute of Conservation. She completed her Master’s of Art Conservation at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. Her graduate work included an internship with the American Embassy to Peru working on Colonial Spanish paintings in a cloistered convent during its opening of a museum. Her postgraduate apprenticeship included training in watercolor trateggio technique for inpainting. Her research interest is the regional availability of twentieth century artists materials.

Photo: Hillary Ellis consolidating matte paint. Photo by Rick Passafiume, 2005.

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Dan Ellison
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Daniel Ellison is an attorney in private practice in Durham. He has been working with artists and nonprofit arts organizations for more than twenty years. He is a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of arts law issues. He teaches a course in the Duke Theater Studies Department – “Legal Issues for the Performing Arts” and this coming fall, at Duke, will teach a new course – “Introduction to Non-Profit Cultural Institutions.” He regularly teaches workshops and courses on legal issues for photographers and writes a bi-monthly column on legal issues for the Southeastern Theatre Conference Newsletter. He is a past president and executive director of the North Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and former chair of the North Carolina State Bar Association’s Arts Law Committee. He developed Durham Arts Place, which recently celebrated its fourteenth anniversary of providing affordable artist studio spaces. He is a 2007 recipient of an Indie Arts Award.

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Linda M. Feltner
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Linda has produced natural history art for over thirty years, and self-employed for over twenty. Her career developed through interpretive media design, book and magazine illustrations, exhibitions, classroom teaching, lectures, and as a birding field guide. She designs exhibits for zoological, botanical, geological, and historical subjects. She taught wildlife drawing for the Scientific Illustration Certification Program at the University of WA, currently teaches at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute in Tucson, AZ, Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning, and various workshops in Wildlife Drawing, Watercolor, Pen and Ink.

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David Fierstein
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David graduated from the UC Santa Cruz Science Illustration program in 1996, and has been busy illustrating ever since. His toolbox includes a variety of 3D software–Maya, Lightwave, and Visual Nature Studio, amongst others–which he uses to create animations as well as 2D images. Clients include MBARI, Intellectual Ventures, Scientific American, National Geographic.

Read more about David's illustration work at his website.
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Nicolle Rager Fuller
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Nicolle Rager Fuller has been working independently as owner of Sayo-Art LLC for the past 3 years. Prior to 2007, Nicolle worked for 5 years as a staff illustrator/designer at the National Science Foundation. Trained in traditional media at UC Santa Cruz, she now primarily works digitally with programs like Photoshop, Illustrator and Vue, specializing in subjects difficult to photograph, including: cell biology, geology and physics. Her clients include: NSF, the National Academy of Sciences, Rodale publishers, the magazines Science News, Earth, CR, and numerous textbooks and universities. www.Sayo-Art.com

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Britt Griswold
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Britt is a multimedia graphics specialist working with the Infrared Space Sciences Group at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He has also worked for many years as a freelance science artist for the Smithsonian, National Geographic, and the USDA. Britt has been a member of the Guild for 25 years and has served as GNSI membership secretary, Board member of Science Insights Inc., and project manager for the Science Illustration Creative Source Directory and Science-Art.com. Britt is a Recipient of the GNSI's Distinguished Service Award.

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Russell J. Hawley
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Russell J. Hawley is the Education Coordinator at the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College in Wyoming, where he gives tours and produces artwork for museum displays. He also contributes a palaeontology question and answer column to the museum newsletter. Russell has worked at the museum for 9 years, and has been digging up fossils in Wyoming for over 16 years.

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Gerald "Jerry" Hodge
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Jerry has been a member of the GNSI since 1971, and has presented numerous technique workshops at its meetings. Prior to his retirement, he was the founder and principal instructor in the MFA program in Medical and Biological Illustration at the University of Michigan. He has taught botanical illustration at several of the major botanical gardens, and archaeological illustration at the University of Yarmouk in Irbid, Jordan. Also, he has taught yearly workshops in trompe l’oeil painting at the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Arizona.

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Frank Ippolito
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Frank Ippolito has worked as scientific illustrator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City for 26 years. An early adopter of digital media, he proactively moved from traditional drawing towards a hybrid of digital illustration techniques he employs today.

His freelance clients include Scientific American, Natural History Magazine, The New York Times/Science Times, The National Zoological Park, New York City Parks Department, and the Audubon Society. His artwork hangs on permanent exhibit at The American Museum of Natural History, The National Zoo, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. Frank presented the keynote speech at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators annual conference at Bar Harbor in 2005. In 2008 he presented the keynote speech at The Digital Content Consortium hosted by the Digital Academy at University of North Carolina, Pembroke NC. He has taught a variety of GNSI workshops on natural media and digital techniques, and he continues to teach illustration and animation classes at Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, NJ. Frank authored the paleontology chapter of the 2nd edition of the Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration.

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Jennifer Jenkins
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Jennifer Jenkins is Director of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School, where she teaches courses on intellectual property and heads the Center's "Arts Project" - which analyzes the effects of intellectual property on cultural production. She is co-author of Bound By Law, a comic book about copyright, fair use, and documentary film, Between the Seams, a book chapter on intellectual property and the fashion industry, and "Nuestra Hernandez," a fictional documentary addressing copyright and appropriation. Before coming to Duke, she was a member of the legal team that defended the copyright infringement suit against the publisher of the novel The Wind Done Gone (a parodic rejoinder to Gone with the Wind).

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Ikumi Kayama
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Ikumi is medical and scientific illustrator of Studio Kayama, creating illustration, animation, graphics and web design. She specializes in creating visuals that photography alone cannot capture. Using her training, knowledge and experience, she hopes to create accurate, and didactic illustrations that communicate and educate.

Ikumi holds a MA in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a BFA in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia. Her work has appeared internationally in juried shows, exhibits, textbooks, scientific journals, presentations, and websites. Ikumi is also the recipient of numerous awards from a variety of organizations including GNSI and the Illustrators Club.

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Mark Klingler
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Mark A. Klingler is an award-winning scientific illustrator at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA, where he has worked for over 20 years. His work has appeared internationally in museum exhibits, textbooks, scientific journals, newspapers, and websites. Recent honors include the Lanzendorf Prize for outstanding achievement in paleontological art, and a solo invitational show at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. He enjoys giving lectures and workshops on wildlife art and illustration, and is an instructor for several local certificate programs.

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Patricia Koemel
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Patti is a botanical illustrator and is currently a doctoral student at Texas Tech University where she is conducting research on the mechanics of color theory at the molecular level with primary plant pigments and their corresponding absorption and reflection wavelengths in order to develop a physiological color theory that mathematically reconstructs color. Her botanical illustrations incorporate 18-30 layers of color pencil utilizing a tetradic color theory in the layering process.

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Jennifer Landin
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Jennifer Landin is a Lecturer in Biology at North Carolina State University. She is currently writing her dissertation on the use of observational drawing as a learning tool for biological concepts. Jennifer has earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in biology, studying bobcats, plankton, alligators, sunfish, newts and fungus. Artistically, she worked as a scientific illustrator and graphic designer for six years, and teaches drawing and watercolor workshops.

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Taina Litwak
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Taina Litwak began illustration work in 1979 upon graduating for the University of Connecticut with a BS in Biology and a BFA in Printmaking. After 10 years as staff entomology illustrator with the Walter Reed Biosystemactic Unit, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, she left in 1993 for fulltime freelance work. She is a Board Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI). Her output is now all digital, black and white and color. Her markets have included magazines, scientific journals, trade and text books, advertising, museum exhibits and research institutions. She worked full time at her freelance illustration business for 16 years, even while living for 2 years in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina. She was recently hired and works full time for the Systematic Entomology Lab, with the US Dept. of Agriculture, located at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Peggy Macnamara
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Peggy Macnamara has been artist-in Residence and an associate of the Zoology department at the Field Museum for 20 years. She is an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She exhibits at Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago. She is the author of three books, Painting Wildlife in Watercolor which she co-authored with Marlene Donnelly, Illinois Insects, and Architecture by Birds and Insects. She is presently working on The Art of Migration, which is due out in 2010. She paints on site and from museum specimens.


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Thomas M. Miller
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Thomas is a 2D/3D Artist in the video game industry with a fine art background, currently working for Virtual Heroes, Inc. Thomas has a BFA in Illustration from East Tennessee State University, with independent studies in 3D Character Design and Animation. In addition to being a prolific game artist, Thomas has produced paleontological illustrations for numerous books and publications, including WIRED, ImagineFX, National Geographic, Prehistoric Times, Animal Planet, and Current Science. He did a marine reptile exhibit mural for Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Thomas rendered all the illustrations for the Dinosaur Trail at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC, which appear on the interpretive panels and the museum website.

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Georgia O. Minnich
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Georgia is the exhibits curator at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores where she designs and builds exhibits and interpretive graphics to spark excitement for the creatures and plants found in NC’s aquatic environments. Georgia has a BS in Biology, she worked many years in the graphic arts field and continues as a freelance natural science illustrator using watercolor, colored pencil and Photoshop. She received her certificate in Botanical Illustration from the NC Botanical Garden in 2005 and has been a member of GNSI since 1986.

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Kalliopi "Kapi" Monoyios
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Kalliopi Monoyios is a scientific illustrator at the University of Chicago where she works for Neil Shubin in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy. In 2007, she and Shubin embarked upon a project designed to bring the thrill of science and discovery to the general public in the form of a popular non-fiction book. The result, titled Your Inner Fish; A Journey into the 3.5-Billion Year History of the Human Body, has been translated into over 26 languages to date and was awarded the National Acadmies’ 2009 Best Book Award.
http://www.yourinnerfish.com

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Trudy Nicholson
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Trudy Nicholson is an illustrator of nature, whose main interest is portraying animals and plants in their natural habitats with accuracy and detail. Receiving Fine Arts and Medical Illustration degrees, she worked as a medical illustrator and free-lance natural science illustrator for many years, primarily using scratchboard techniques. Her work is featured in Ruth Lozner’s Scratchboard for Illustration. Among the numerous nature books she has illustrated is Warner Shedd's Owls Aren’t Wise and Bats Aren’t Blind. One of her illustrations is in the Morton Arboretum collection, and she has exhibited widely.

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Robert E. Palmatier
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Bob has been a member of GNSI and an author/illustrator/publisher of children’s picture books for four years. This follows 26 years as an elementary school teacher in Durham, NC, where his search for innovative instructional design won him multiple grants and found him a frequent presenter at environmental education and science teacher conferences. He continues into his third decade of field research and longitudinal studies of a number of endangered species of turtles, salamanders, and insects of the Southeastern US, which provides the background and themes for his children’s books.

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H. Douglas Pratt, Ph. D.
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Dr. Pratt, Research Curator of Birds at the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, is an ornithologist, author, and illustrator. Prior to 2005, he was a freelancer affiliated with Louisiana State University. His specialty is birds of the tropical Pacific. He is primary author/illustrator of dozens of full-length technical and popular books and scientific papers, and a contributor to many more. His original artworks have been exhibited from Maine to Maui. His combination of scientific training and illustrative skill gives him a unique perspective in both fields.

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Damon Rando, Artful Color, Apex, NC
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Artful Color is a company born from years of pursuing accurate color reproduction from digital to the printed medium. We have been on the leading edge of color management since the introduction of Apple’s ColorSync in 1995. The owner worked for both Apple and Kodak as a color and digital print expert and has introduced and trained many about color management, from Fortune 500 companies like Time, AP News, People Magazine and the Smithsonian, to smaller ad agencies, and the local photographer.

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Dick Rauh
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Dick Rauh holds certificates from the New York Botanical Garden's Botanical Illustration Program and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrator's 1990 Summer Workshop. He illustrated the black and white signage for the Haupt Conservatory at NYBG. He illustrated “A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter” by Carol Levine, and did the illustrations for “Oaxaca Journal” by Oliver Sacks. He has pursued a course of study in plant sciences, and received his Doctorate in Biological Science in June 2001. He has been an instructor in the Botanical Illustration program at the New York Botanical Gardens for over 15 years and gives workshops in Floral Morphology throughout the country.

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W. Scott Rawlins
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Scott graduated from Earlham College with a degree in biology, and holds graduate degrees in museum education and medical & biological illustration from the George Washington University and the University of Michigan respectively. A former museum curator and museum educator, Scott has been a faculty member at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania for 16 years. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Art and Design where he teaches scientific illustration, drawing and design. Scott freelances regularly for the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

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Patricia Savage
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Patricia Savage has been a professional fine artist and illustrator since 1989 and primarily works in chalk pastels, watercolor, scratchboard, pencil, and pen and ink. Currently, she passionately paints landscapes and flowers working from photographs and in plein air. Patricia’s paintings are featured in Today’s Botanical Artist and she exhibited in the GNSI Annual Exhibit in 2009 and has also shown at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Bell Museum of Natural History, and the National Geographic Society.

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Alison Schroeer
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Alison Schroeer, MS, CMI, works as Principal Medical Illustrator for the biotechnology company Genzyme Corporation. Her freelance company Schroeer Scientific Illustration, based in Southbridge, Massachusetts, serves clients including Smithsonian Magazine, Novartis, Seed Magazine, Cannonball Agency, and Elsevier. She also teaches occasional natural science illustration continuing education classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. She’s been illustrating insects for more than fifteen years, and has developed efficient, time-saving methods in entomological illustration that allow her to combine traditional and digital techniques.
Websites include
www.entomologicalillustration.com,
www.plantillustration.com, and
www.schroeerscientific.com.

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John Charles Sill
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John has been a freelance artist and illustrator for 40 years. His subject of choice is birds, but he also paints other wildlife. John works primarily in watercolor. His paintings have been exhibited in “Birds In Art” at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, “Art of the Animal Kingdom” at the Bennington Center for the Arts, and “Birds: The Art of Illustration” at the North Carolina Arboretum. Among the books John has illustrated are 16 natural history children’s books in the “About” series published by Peachtree Publishers.

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Rick Simonson
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Rick is a freelance illustrator and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He teaches a graduate course in scientific illustration as well as a variety of biology courses. He has been illustrating professionally for the past seven years. Rick has a wide range of clients but focuses primarily on creating illustrations for textbooks, research publications, and other academic purposes. His work has been published in Layers Magazine, The Adobe Illustrator CS3 WOW! Book, and a variety of textbooks and research journals.

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Emma Skurnick
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Emma Skurnick has been making her living as a freelance illustrator and workshop teacher for over 10 years. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz’s Science Illustration program in 2000, and joined GNSI in the same year. Equally comfortable working in digital and traditional media, Emma creates her illustrations using some combination of Photoshop, watercolor, and colored pencil, switching from one to the other as efficiency and desired effects demand. Clients such as American Scientist Magazine, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the NC Aquarium have commissioned Emma’s work.

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Luana Luconi Winner
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A founding member of the Portrait Society of America, Luana Luconi Winner was schooled in Rome, Florence, Switzerland, and the USA, and currently resides in North Carolina. Her recognitions include multiple national awards in oil painting, international silver medals in pastel, and Best in Show in international portrait competitions. Luana’s portraits, paintings, and murals hang in corporations, universities, and residences on both sides of the ocean. Her articles have appeared in major trade magazines and periodicals. She has held workshops in Pasadena, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, DC, Boston, New York City, Vermont, Florida, and Italy. Luana is author of four workbooks, numerous papers, and 20 instructional DVDs.


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