Seneca Meadors Wetland
Acrylic on canvas, 2011
Featured in Focus on Nature XIII
THE CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR FON XV IS NOW OPEN THROUGH OCTOBER 1, 2018. To learn how to submit your artwork for FON XV, please complete the online entry form:
Focus on Nature XV will be hosted by the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, NY from July 21, 2019 to January 12, 2020.
Since its inception in 1990, the exhibit series Focus on Nature has reflected the standards, materials, and skills of contemporary natural and cultural history illustrators. It has increased awareness of a genre that requires scientific accuracy for publications, interpretive nature centers, as well as many research and educational purposes. During the past 30 years, the materials, media, and subject matter has expanded and the quality of submissions has risen. It now includes some of the best illustrators from around the world.
The Focus on Nature jury selects original* works of natural and cultural history subjects (in whole or in part), excluding human anatomy and portraiture, that demonstrates:
The jury is looking for original artworks, not digital versions of traditional media. Scanned traditional techniques that have been significantly modified (as decided by the jury) should be entered as mixed media and an explanation of the modifications provided in comments section of entry form. If this is not provided, it will not be considered for jury. Printouts of traditional media (e.g., scanned image of a watercolor) without significant modification are not acceptable. The acceptability of modifications is at the discretion of the jury.
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. Over the years, the quality of submissions has improved, the kinds of materials and media used has expanded, and the geographic representation of artists has broadened. Each Focus on Nature exhibit has been built on the accomplishments of the participating artists. Artworks considered for inclusion must accurately represent the subjects, or research results and processes.
Focus on Nature began as an experiment. We sought to demonstrate the connection between science and images; stimulate an interest in natural history art among practicing artists, aspiring artists and the public; and bring this art to the attention of people attending what has come to be called the Northeast Natural History Conference. Those thoughts still guide the jury. We think our experiment has worked because visual communication, like a universal language, will always help scientists explain complex objects and concepts to a general audience.
– Patricia Kernan and Dr. Norton Miller, Founders and Permanent Jurors of Focus on Nature
For further information please contact:
Patricia Kernan, FON Curator
New York State Museum
Research & Collections
Albany, NY 12230
Phone: (518) 486-2024