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Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
39th Annual Conference
June 25 - July 1, 2017

Grow your knowledge with speakers, panels, and field trips. Hone your illustration skills with techniques demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Expand your contacts and collaborations with some of the most accomplished scientific visual communicators in the world.

Welcome to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina!

About the Conference

Host Campus: Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC

Registration Opens: April 7

GNSI conference brings together illustrators, artists, educators, and scientists from all over the country in a celebration of natural science illustration and visualization.
The three-day CORE CONFERENCE (Monday-Wednesday) includes:

  • presentations by top visual interpreters in the country,
  • portfolio sharing,
  • annual exhibit opening reception,
  • a lively and entertaining auction (benefiting the Guild’s education fund),
  • technique demonstrations, and
  • the awards banquet.

From Thursday to Saturday, you can select from a wide-range of activities in:

  • hands-on workshops in traditional techniques,
  • digital techniques in Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Zbrush, or
  • educational field trips or tours.

About the Setting

Our host campus is the progressive Warren Wilson College, nestled in the beautiful and temperate Appalachian mountains. Warren Wilson is a small college full of natural beauty and focused on sustainable practices and environmental concerns, surrounded by forests with a remarkable diversity of plant and animal life. Campus trails, rhododendron groves, and an active 275 acre farm, populated by horses, cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens await your discovery. If that’s not enough, nearby Asheville provides art, theaters, museums, restaurants, and craft beer.

About the Guild

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) is a nonprofit organization that encourages high standards of competence and professionalism among members and offers aspiring illustrators opportunities and skills needed to succeed in their careers. Originally established in 1968 at the Smithsonian, the GNSI has since grown to encompass science illustrators in many disciplines, and welcomes members with varying skill levels in traditional and digital media. The one thing members have in common is a love for science and the natural world—and a passion for communicating scientific concepts to the larger public.