Susan Elmblad Rubin (Denver, Colorado, USA)
Titan Arum or Corpse Flower, Flesh Fly
(Amorphophallus titanum, Sarcophagid species)
Mixed media (colored pencil, digital, pastel,
collage) on paper, 2011
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