Mission Statement

The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists is an open and diverse group of artists, collectors and admirers who share a love for the practice and perpetuation of botanical art and illustration with a fond focus on plants in the Rocky Mountain Region.
We encourage and participate in educational outreach, juried and non-juried exhibits, lectures, workshops and regular chapter meetings. The RMSBA is proud to be the very first chapter affiliation of the international organization, the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Biennial Focus on Nature wants you!

FON XII logo
Dear Artists and Friends,

The Focus on Nature XIII (FON XIII) exhibit on-line entry is now open. Please visit the website, click here: FON XIII,  for more detailed information.

Focus on Nature is a juried biennial, international exhibit of natural history illustration. It began in 1990 with the intention of highlighting illustrations that are done in support of natural and cultural history research and education. This is still the primary goal of the exhibitions that now includes an on-line catalog with artists' commentary.

There are five jurors for FON. The guest jurors, one artist and one scientist, for FON XIII are Alan Male from England and Steve Young of the USA. Alan Male has had the most number of pieces selected to be included in FON exhibits as well as winning several FON Awards. He has 30 years of experience as a professional illustrator including 27 complete books and an international clientele. He is currently head of the Illustration Program and senior lecturer at the Falmouth College of Arts, England. Steve Young is chief botanist with the New York Natural Heritage Program. Standing jurors are Dr. Carl George, professor emeritus of biology at Union College, and Dr. Charles Ver Straeten and Patricia Kernan of Research and Collections, New York State Museum.

Up to 2 submissions in any one subject and/or media are allowed. No more than a total of 4 entries will be considered. There is no entry fee for Focus on Nature. The artwork submission deadline is October 1, 2013. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Patricia Kernan, Focus on Nature curator
Midwest Summer by Sandra Williams
gouache, 2000, 22"w x 29"h

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