Science Art-Nature

What is Science Art?

Our organization, with its mission of promoting Science Art, will serve as a needed bridge among scientists, artists, educators, and fellow nonprofit organizations.



Science Art-Nature is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, your donation is tax deductible.

Your support will encourage the production of Science Art that reminds us of our place in nature and our responsibiity to understand its limits.


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

  North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds in the last 50 years--almost 30 percent of its population. Science Art gives this staggering total a face. Harry Stevens provides an interactive article in the Washington Post (January 17, 2024).

Science Art-Nature (SA-N)provides a PDF of its 11 x 17" poster for the 2019-2021 portion of the Challenges of Climate Change virtual exhibit, including captions and recognition for five entries in particular, a virtual exhibit

American Institute of Biological Sciences' (AIBS) 11th annual Faces of Biology Photo Contast encourages "scientists to communicate their research to a broader audience by bringing elements of art into science" in BioScience, vol. 70, issue 4, April 2020.

Ecological Society of America editorial discusses "Science-telling through art" in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 18, issue 3, April 2020.

Founding Board Member and Chair Donald Kennedy dies from COVID-19 April 21, 2020.

  Science Art-Nature (SA-N) begins rolling out Challenges of Climate Change, a virtual exhibit in January 1, 2020. The exhibit rollout will continue as works are gradually added.

 World Environment Day (June 5) and Earth Day 2018 (April 22, 2018). Click for an easy way to help reduce single-use plastics: reuse a household spray (detergent/cleaning) container.

 Science Art-Nature Co-Founder, Tony Angell named Ranier Club's 2018 Laureate March 28. His monumental bronze raptor, Aspiration, with its four-foot wingspan, has been installed outside Seattle University's Lemieux Library.

 A Science Art booklet became available February 22, 2018. You can find the 28-page booklet, Camouflage as Science Art on Amazon and Amazon Europe. Click for more info.

A Science Art message to President Trump: Day One of his 2nd year. Drawing by Darryl Wheye calls attention to the EPA's decision to rollback the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

 A Science Art message to President Trump: Day One of his administration. Painting by Patricia Pepin calls attention to water quality; the caption links it to the Adminstration's agenda.

 An artist/scientist collaboration.
Are there caterpillars on butterfly wings? Paul R. Ehrlich, (SA-N founding board member, 2009-2011) and Darryl Wheye (SA-N CEO) ask if the apparent resemblances between some butterfly larvae and elements on the wings of adults are coincidental or adaptive.

 Development of a hummingbird garden. Donald Kennedy, (SA-N founding board member, 2009-2014) and Darryl Wheye (SA-N CEO)in association with the placement of John James Audubon’s print of Anna’s Hummingbirds--and its Science Art caption--in Stanford University's Green Library. The Audubon print is part of Art at Exits: Seeing Stanford Species. (See 2, below).

 Review: Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. Gerardo Ceballos, Anne H. Ehrlich (SA-N Affiliate) and Paul R. Ehrlich (SA-N founding board member, 2009-2011)


 Art at Exits: Seeing Stanford Species.
The exhibit--and its web coverage--includes 10 works by John James Audubon featuring birds found on Stanford's main campus. The Audubons are placed near 9 building exits opening toward areas the featured birds frequent. A digital display in a 10th building features species researchers are studying. Captions provide a science lens.


 Windows on Evolution: An Artistic Celebration of Charles Darwin
It went live on Darwin Day--February 12, 2013. Link to the caption for the Burgess Shale image, which was provided a preview


 Catherine Le and "Senior Reflections"


 The selection of images in this exhibit was inspired by the AAAS 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington DC, Feb. 17-21, 2011.
This virtual exhibit is an example of how Science Art can expand the interest in and understanding of science discussed at science meeting and conferences. See our poster featuring art from this exhibit.


 Humans, Nature, and Birds: Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens,
is a 2008 book by Darryl Wheye (SA-N CEO) and Donald Kennedy, (SA-N founding board member, 2009-2014) on the long history of images of nature that combine science and art. It was published with assistance from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program. It received the 2008 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, in the Nature Category.

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Syntarsus (Dinosaur) ©Jeffrey Whiting/Science Art Named for its fused tarus bones, this small, quick predator might have hopped and might have been warm-blooded.; Bat-eared Fox Portrait, © Carel Brest van Kempen/Science Art Termite specialists, these foxes, have exceptional teeth and excavate complex tunnel networks.; One Fig At A Time ©Gamini Ratnavira/Science Art Great Indian Hornbills, found in the Indian subcontinent, are at risk to cask-hunters and deforestation.; Fanny Got Bling © Andrew Denman/Science Art Victoria Crowned Pigeons are capable of “stunning, for instance, a threatening snake with a powerful karate-chop like blow."; Golden Eagle, Magdalena, NM (Aquila chrysaetos) © Julie Zickefoose/Science Art Gliding and soaring are the sort of economical flight expected in a big bird with a huge home range.
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