Focus on Nature XII: Natural History Illustration

Photography Gallery, New York State Museum
Madison Avenue, Albany, NY
April 28 - December 31, 2012

Featuring top artists from 15 countries this biennial juried exhibition has continued to grow over the past 24 years.  ASBA's Francesca Anderson was the guest juror for FON XII, because she has been selected to participate most often.

This year's exhibition features 93 natural history illustrations representing the work of 72 illustrators, selected from 503 entries, submitted by 219 artists.  Approximately one-third of the selected artists are new to the entry process.  Countries represented for the first time are Thailand, Germany and Switzerland, with other artists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Portugal, and the USA.

The exhibition's goals are to demonstrate the important role illustration has in natural science research and education, to stimulate curiosity about the world, and to bring clearly into focus images of nature that people might not otherwise be able to visualize.

"Natural history illustration is a field that requires keeping pace with changing technology, and knowledge, and Focus on Nature has evolved to reflect these changes" said Patricia Kernan, scientific illustrator at the Museum and exhibition organizer.  "This year's exhibition includes both digital and traditional illustrations.  Whatever technique is used, the aim is for accuracy and clarity to communicate the reslut of natural history investigations."  ASBA members whose work was selected are: Bobbi Angell, Karen Coleman, Monika deVries Gohlke (Jury Award), Asuka Hishiki (Jury Award), Jee-yeon Koo, Elayne Leighton, Dianne McElwain, Sharron O'Neil, Dick Rauh, Betsy Rogers-Knox, Susan Rubin, Anita Walsmit, Jeannetta Van Raalte, Esmee Winkel (Jury Award), Carol Woodin.


  • (C) Dianne McElwain, Okra, Ambelmoschus esculentus, Watercolor on Paper