GNSI Annual Exhibit is proud to have three distinguished judges this year. Judges are selected to represent various backgrounds in art, science, education, and communication.

Melissa Logies

Melissa Logies is a scientific illustrator at UWorld, a medical education company in Dallas, Texas. Melissa holds a BFA in biomedical art from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a graduate certificate in science illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay. She has served as a scientific illustration intern at the California Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Melissa has also worked on projects for numerous institutions in her hometown Cleveland, Ohio, such as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the Cleveland Metroparks, and University Hospitals Case Medical Center. With her primary interests being botany and entomology, Melissa loves to capture the beautiful, intricate details of the specimens she observes to reveal to viewers just how incredible each organism is.

Robert MacDonald

Robert MacDonald has been a professional sculptor for 28 years. After beginning with an apprenticeship in a bronze foundry he moved into a career that has covered theme parks, advertising, movies, National Parks, aquariums and museums. Throughout all of that he has had a number of gallery exhibitions of his fine art as well. Robert prefers, personally and professionally, to create work that is reflective of or imbued with the natural world. For the last 13 years he has specialized in highly realistic animal sculpture for museums and education centers.

Gene Wright

Gene Wright is in his 24th year as Professor of Art at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art where he serves as Area Chair of the BFA degree program in Scientific Illustration. Gene earned his BFA in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia in 1986, and his Master's Degree in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia in 1990. Outside of teaching, he works as a freelance medical and science illustrator creating a wide range of illustrations for journal, textbook, advertising and multi media web based applications. Gene has received Awards of Excellence in Advertising, marketing and Illustrated Medical Textbook Awards. Ranking travel high on his list of accomplishments, he has enjoyed teaching in Italy, Costa Rica and India. He also enjoys painting in watercolor, carving in wood and stone, and spending time with his wife Allison and their twin sons, Lucas and Scholl.