Science illustration students exhibit work through June 15

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.Giraffe

Illustrating Nature, the fifth 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 through June 15. The museum is located at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.

The 63 framed illustrations and several field sketchbooks in the exhibit depict wildlife, flowering plants and artifacts including poison dart frogs, red pandas, zebras, delicate local wildflowers and Brussels sprouts, all created using a variety of media including pen and ink, scratchboard, colored pencil, watercolor, gouache, acrylic and digital media.

In 2009, the science illustration program relocated from UC Santa Cruz Extension to CSUMB. One of the most prestigious programs

Mountain zebraof 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. 

Images: Giraffe and mountain zebra by Rachel Morris

See more illustrations here.