Focus on Nature X (April 17–September 7, 2008)
Spear Lily by Mali Moir
Focus on Nature (FON) is a biennial exhibition of scientific, natural and cultural history. It began in 1990 in conjunction with the Northeast Natural History Conference. While the opening still coincides with the NENHC, the exhibit has taken on a life of its own and each year the geographical representation, breadth of subject matter and quality has increased to a level of high standard and international participation.
The central purpose of Focus on Nature is to highlight illustration as a way of communicating observations of scientists and artists. Scientific discovery and illustration have always been linked, and they have advanced together. At the New York State Museum, there is a research tradition that extends back to the founding of the State Geological and Natural History Survey of 1836. Illustrations have constantly been a part of the effort to communicate the results of these studies.
Purchase Awards have been offered for the past 5 exhibits to enhance the educational value of the NYS Museum's Illustration Collection. The purchase(s) are selected on the basis of high technical quality, scientific accuracy, aesthetic achievement, and educational value. The artwork becomes part of the permanent collection owned by the people of New York state.