The 2023 Juried Members' Exhibition takes place in our 55th anniversary year! Since our inception at the Smithsonian Institution in 1968, our juried members’ exhibit has showcased the best work done in the last 5 years by practicing visual science communicators. This exhibit recognizes two categories of work: traditional science illustration and broader visual scicomm. To view either of these categories in isolation, simply visit the two rooms at the top right of the exhibit or enjoy the exhibit as a whole below. Please remember all artwork is copyrighted and may not be used without express written consent.
This exhibit opened August 11, 2023 as part of the GNSI 2023 Visual SciComm Conference.
Art in this category is created in the tradition of tightly rendered, descriptive illustrations that form the backbone of science illustration. Traditional techniques including line drawing, stipple, watercolor, scratchboard, colored pencil, carbon dust, as well as digital techniques such as digital painting, digital sculpting, rendering, and animation are all included. These works are united in that they are made for journals, textbooks, educational resources and institutions, where audiences expect to be taught and to learn.
The Broader Visual SciComm Category recognizes works that still utilize many of the same tools that traditional science illustration employs: a deep understanding of the science at hand, a keen awareness of how people process visual information, highly refined visual arts skills, and a desire to educate and inform on a particular topic. But broader visual scicomm allows for more concept-driven work that attempts to evoke reactions in viewers using tricks more often employed in fine art: surprise, disgust, awe, fear, humor. Rather than being purely descriptive or didactic, it is often wrapped up with a call to action or designed to elicit an emotion. Our hope is that the addition of this new category will make the exhibition more inclusive of the diverse interests and specialties of our membership.
All artwork displayed here is copyrighted by the individual artists. Please reach out to artists directly for inquiries regarding image reuse rights and/or new work inquiries.