The intersection of science and art is bustling with activity. With this weekly-ish post, we'll try to keep you abreast of the most happenin' happenings around the country. Don't miss out!


Beacon, NY's Annual Open Studio Event (Beacon, NY) September 24-25, 2011; 12-6pm | Take a tour of scientific illustrator Chris Sanders' and 60 other local artists' studios at the Beacon Open Studio Event. Room 207, 211 Fishkill Ave. (aka The Old Highschool) Beacon, NY 12508.

SONSI's 2011 Presentation Day (Toronto, ON) October 16, 2011; 12-5pm | An afternoon of illustration-related presentations by members of the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators and a representative of Access Copyright. Don't miss Glendon Mellow's lecture on "Illustration Blogging: Why it's Essential," from 2:30-4pm. Space is limited; please register ahead of time.


The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD): Sept. 17, 2011-Dec. 11, 2011 | Puzzles of the Brain: An Artist's Journey through Amnesia | The Walters will partner with the Cognitive Science Department in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Science at The Johns Hopkins University in an innovative focus show exploring the impact of severe brain damage on an artist.

SUNY Upstate Medical University, Health Sciences Library (Syracuse, NY): Sept. 2011-Nov. 2011 | The Sweet-voiced Bird Has Flown:

Portraits of Common Birds in Decline | This exhibition explores birds that are experiencing population declines. Each of the 20 artists has created a color painting and a monochrome sketch of a bird species. The painting shows the bird in its natural, undisturbed habitat. The sketch shows the same species with the environmental pressure that has caused its decline. The exhibit is funded in part by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

San Francisco Art Institute (Atlanta, GA): Sept. 22, 2011-Nov. 13, 2011 | Think Art - Act Science | Transforming the Walter and McBean Galleries into a working lab, Think Art – Act Science is composed of artists who took part in the Swiss artists-in-labs program, completing an immersive residency in a scientific research institute or university science department. Featured artists are Alexandre Joly, Christian Gonzenbach, Pe Lang, Wenfeng Liao, Alina Mnatsakanian, Monica Codourey, and Roman Keller. The exhibition is arranged around three main themes: Ecology and Environment, Spatial Awareness and Emotions, and Exploration of New Technologies.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History (Atlanta, GA): Sept. 24, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012 | Darwin: Selections | In celebration of Darwin, Fernbank Museum has partnered with local artists and scientists to present a collection of illustrations, paintings and drawings that reveal the relationship between science and art. These eight Atlanta- and Athens-based artists, typically employed to create teachable science through literal imagery, reveal the evolution of art from science in this inspiring exhibition that recognizes the beauty of the natural world.


NSF/AAAS Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge | Deadline for submission: September 30, 2011

NYState Museum’s Focus on Nature XII Exhibit | Deadline for submission: October 1, 2011

International Paleontology Illustration Competition XXII: Brazilian Congress of Paleontology | Deadline for submission: October 3, 2011


A couple of fun things to note. Several of our Symbiartic posts were picked up several times by other blogs of note:

Charley Parker (Lines and Colors) noted Glendon's popular post on the Chemistry of Oil Painting.

James Gurney, author and illustrator of Dinotopia featured Symbiartic on his blog with a post titled "Why Science Needs Art." He also sponsored an unofficial Unfinished New Yorker Cover Contest, which Kalliopi won! (Thanks to all who voted!) The New Yorker got wind of it and subsequently published a piece on their blog showing some of their favorite entries.

More recently, John Hawks mentioned Kalliopi's post about 3 Marketing Mistakes Young Illustrators Make and fellow SciAm blogger Jennifer Jacquet unknowingly highlighted three of Kalliopi's illustration projects in her post, "Back to School: Teaching Evolution."

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