Press Release / June 26, 2012

Science and nature illustrators to meet at SCAD July 8-14

Artists who focus on science and nature will gather at SCAD from July 8-14 for the 2012 Guild of Natural Science Illustrators conference, "Scientific Illustration: Frontiers Past and Future." Experts in the field will discuss everything from traditional live animal drawing and watercolor vegetables to computer art techniques used in the illustration business. This year's conference will offer presentation sessions reaching back in time to topics such as the structure of dinosaurs, touching base with current technology and business practices, and looking forward to what scientific illustration may become.

Running concurrently with the conference will be an exhibit of work by GNSI members at Pei Ling Chan Gallery, 332 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Artists' unique and colorful representations of science and nature depicted through painting, printmaking, sculpture, illustration and digital media, will be on display. The exhibit, which runs June 30-July 21, is free and open to the public.

Among the renowned artists to speak at the conference are:

  • Terryl Whitlatch, principal creature designer for "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," who designed most of the alien characters, including Jar-Jar Binx. She also worked closely on the redesign of such pre-existing characters as Jabba the Hutt
  • Jodie Holt, botanical science consultant on the film "Avatar", who informed the characterization of the biologist played by Sigourney Weaver
  • Chuck Carter, a team member on the original ground-breaking video game "Myst"
  • Oliver Uberti, design editor at National Geographic Magazine

The conference also offers attendees a unique up-close-and-personal artistic opportunity with trips to Ossabaw Island, Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Wassaw Island, Ebenezer Creek and Little Tybee.

Both day and event passes are available for purchase. For more information and for registration, visit or email

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