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Art in the service of science

Science illustration students exhibit work at P.G. Museum

If you’ve ever wondered about the artwork that illustrates science textbooks, field guides, and interpretive signs in parks and nature preserves, you have the opportunity to learn about it at an exhibit in Pacific Grove.

Illustrating Nature, the annual exhibit of work by students in the CSU Monterey Bay Science Illustration Program, will be on display at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History May 7 through June 12. The museum is located at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.

The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 6.

The framed illustrations and several field sketchbooks in the exhibit depict all manner of wildlife – even an extinct creature, tyrannosaurus Rex – created using a variety of media including colored pencil, watercolor, gouache, acrylic and digital media.

A demonstrationof science illustration methods and techniques will be held at the museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 21.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free for Monterey County residents.

In 2009, the science illustration program relocated from UC Santa Cruz Extension to CSUMB. One of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the nation, it prepares students who are sought after by scientific institutions and publications around the world. Graduates are working at the Smithsonian Institution; New York’s American Museum of Natural History; the LosAngeles Museum of Natural History; the Monterey Bay Aquarium; and National Geographic, Scientific American and Nature magazines.

The exhibit is made possible by a grant to the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History from the Arts Council for Monterey County.</em

Published April 18, 2016