Art in the service of science
If you’ve ever wondered about the artwork that illustrates science textbooks, field guides, and interpretive signs in parks and nature preserves, you have the opportunity to learn about it at an exhibit in Pacific Grove.
Illustrating Nature, the fourth annual exhibit of work by students in the CSU Monterey Bay Science Illustration Program, will be on display at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History May 4 through June 16. The museum is located at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.
The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 3.
The 65 illustrations and several field sketchbooks in the exhibit depict subjects ranging from our local kelp forest to life on mars using media including pen and ink, scratchboard, colored pencil, watercolor, gouache, acrylic and digital media.
A demonstration of science illustration methods and techniques will be held at the museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 11.
In 2009, the science illustration program relocated from UC Santa Cruz Extension to CSUMB. One of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the nation, it prepares students who are sought after by scientific institutions and publications around the world. Graduates are working at the Smithsonian Institution; New York’s American Museum of Natural History; the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History; the Monterey Bay Aquarium; and National Geographic, Scientific American and Nature magazines.
Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. More information about the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is available here.
Dogbane bettle by Eleonore Dixon-Roche
Goldfish by Kirsten Huntley