of 52nd Anniversary Annual Conference
New dates: July 11 - 17th, 2021

The GNSI Conference Planning Team has suspended planning for the 2020 Salt Lake City Conference in light of the current urgent situation regarding COVID-19 coronavirus. Normally we would be opening registration in the coming weeks, but discussions among the Conference Chairs, the Conference Oversight Committee, and the GNSI Board led to the decision that holding the conference this summer is both unsustainable and potentially unsafe. This suspension includes the annual exhibition.

We are in discussion with the University of Utah, and are open to a postponement of our conference until next summer, July 11 - 17th, 2021. GNSI leadership supports this as our best option, especially because our Co-chairs, Bricelyn Strauch and Christie Newman, have graciously agreed to continue their stewardship to hold the GNSI annual conference in Salt Lake City next summer.

We are discussing the potential for having online activities which can reasonably be accomplished later this summer or fall to fill the professional development and networking gap caused by cancelling the annual GNSI conference. 

We offer our deepest thanks to the Conference Planning Team for their hard work up until now to produce a fantastically engaging conference for GNSI -- which next year's conference promises to be!

GNSI's leadership truly regrets this decision, but it is prudent and necessary to protect the health and safety of our members, presenters, coordinators, and the public at large. We hope everyone is taking recommended precautions for themselves and staying physically and emotionally healthy during this difficult time.

The 2020 GNSI Conference Planning Team, the GNSI Conference Oversight Committee,
and the GNSI Board of Directors.


Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

52nd Anniversary Annual Conference

July 5  – July 11, 2020

Come and see what all the buzz is about in the Beehive State! The annual GNSI conference will be held in Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City, on the University of Utah campus. Expand your knowledge with a diverse array of expert speakers, panels and field trips to choose from.

Hone your illustration skills with demonstrations covering a wide variety of techniques and hands-on workshops. Expand your contacts and collaborate with some of the most accomplished scientific visual communicators in the world today.

About the Conference

Host Campus: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Registration Opens: April 2020

The GNSI conference brings together illustrators, artists, educators, and scientists from all over the world 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 juried art exhibition opening reception
  • A lively and entertaining auction (benefiting the Guild’s education fund)
  • Technique demonstrations
  • Awards banquet

From Thursday - Saturday select from a wide-range of activities including:

  • Hands-on workshops in traditional techniques
  • Digital techniques in state of the art computer labs
  • Educational field trips and tours

About the Setting

Nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Front, the University of Utah (the U) is the flagship university and public research institution for Utah. As a leader in visualization, gaming, and scientific research, the U is a nexus for art and science in the Mountain West. Esteemed scientific and medical institutions are located on campus, including the University of Utah Medical School and Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the Natural History Museum of Utah.

The campus is also home to Utah’s 1,500 acre state arboretum, which includes Red Butte Garden, the site of the GNSI 2020 Members’ Exhibit and opening reception. Off-campus exploration is easy with downtown SLC located less than four miles away. There you will find the Clarke Planetarium, the Leonardo Museum of Creativity and Innovation, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

Whether it’s the miles of hiking trails in the foothills, Antelope Island State Park to the northwest, or any one of the “Mighty 5” National Parks to the south, come and marvel at the natural beauty surrounding the GNSI 52nd Anniversary Annual Conference.

The Guild Juried Members’ Exhibition: Nature’s Palette

We have an exciting week planned, starting with the GNSI 2020 Members’ Exhibition: Nature’s Palette, located at Red Butte Garden, on the University of Utah campus. Red Butte Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West with over 21 acres of gardens and 5 miles of hiking trails winding through the Wasatch foothills. Attendees will have access to the gardens from 3pm - 9pm, Monday, July 5, 2020, before and during the exhibition’s opening reception.

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 to advance and succeed in their careers. Originally established in 1968 at the Smithsonian natural history museum, 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 unifying purpose for all guild members, is a passion for visually communicating the concepts of science and the natural world to the greater public.


The Guild would like to thank the following sponsors
for their generous support in promoting a greater
understanding and appreciation of art in the service of science:


Annual Reviews Logo - sponsor


Utah Arts Alliance Logo - sponsor