Science Art-Nature


What is
Science Art?



Emerging Archaeopteryx, by Darryl Wheye
Archaeopteryx as if rising from the
Berlin specimen, shows the flight-worthy feathers of this toothed “missing link”.

  Current Board

has vacancies. If you're interested, please contact

   Founding Board

   Tony Angell, naturalist, artist, and author
   Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of
      Population Studies, Department of
      Biology, Stanford University
   Donald Kennedy, President emeritus,
      Woods Senior Fellow, Stanford
   Pamela Meadowcroft, research psychologist,
      specializing in nonprofit service devel-
      and evaluation
   Darryl Wheye, artist and author, curator

  Our nonprofit also includes an advisory council   and a group of affiliated artists, scientists and
  interested parties.

  Bat-eared Fox Portrait
, by Carel Brest van Kempen  
  Termite specialists, these foxes, have exceptional teeth and
  excavate complex tunnel networks.

  Our Resources Our Mission
  Our nonprofit public benefit corporation is organized and operated for charitable and educational purposes. These purposes are discussed in Humans, Nature, and Birds:  Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens*, which was co-authored by board members Wheye and Kennedy, introduced by board member Ehrlich, and includes examples by former board members Angell and Brest van Kempen.

*Published with assistance from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program.

       to raise the prominence of
       Science Art and the benefits of
       combining the accuracy of
       science with the evocative
       power of art 
       to advocate the use of Science
       Art to inform viewers about
       nature and encourage the
       sustainable use of resources

Science Art-Nature

P.O. Box 18754
Palo Alto, CA 94309-8754



The aims of 

  • to show how Science Art informs viewers about nature so that evaluating works through a science lens becomes more automatic   

  • to encourage the use of Science Art so that the importance of maintaining the vital services nature supplies to society is better understood

  • to promote collaboration among scientists and artists so that the production of Science Art is optimally informative, timely, and directed as much as possible toward achieving a sustainable society

  • to bridge science and art by raising the visibility of Science Art and those who produce it so that opportunities expand for Science Art to be utilized in public spaces, in publications, in exhibits, and online

Detail from a poster produced for our
second online Science Art exhibit.  All virtual exhibits remain accessible through our website.

The value of SCIENCE ART …

From the perspective of a scientist:

Science Art can help the public become better informed about and more comfortable with scientific issues important to them.

From that of an artist:
Science Art, through the creative and original designs of a skilled artist interpreting nature, can advance human understanding as it provides aesthetic pleasure.

Or that of a teacher:
Science Art can teach students some elements of analysis by extracting the scientific meaning and significance of the art.

Or a student:
Science Art can encourage the exploration of nature, the recognition of scientific principles, and the importance of the 30,000-year pictorial record.

Or an art lover:

Science Art can expand the way we look at and appreciate the art.

  Science Art-Nature is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation


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