Through their chosen medium–be it visual arts, the written word, or some other form–these artists used their craft to imbue science with their creative vision. Artist depictions of scientific subjects can clarify, as well as intrigue. The work of these artists has accomplished both, serving to keep scientific discovery accessible and engaging for the public.

Bromelia anticantha Bertol. Cultivated in São Paulo. Procured from Minas Gerais. Margaret Mee, 1964. Permission for reproduction received from Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Rare Book Collection, Washington, D.C., Online Exhibits, Highlights from the Collections, Margaret Mee, The Paintings.
Margaret Mee: Explorer/Conservationist, Botanist/Scientific Illustrator
Margaret Mee, née Brown (1909-1988), was a British contemporary artist considered to be one of the most remarkable women of
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Wang Hao-t’ing: Illustrator for the Central Asiatic Natural History Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History
Wang Hao-t’ing (using the Chinese naming order with family name first) was a Chinese artist who was commissioned to accompany
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Joyce Allan at work, Australian Museum circa 1930. Australian Museum Archives AMS502. Reproduction Rights Australian Museum.
Joyce Allan – Australian Conchologist and Artist
Illustrator, conchologist (i.e., one who studies mollusk shells) and museum curator Joyce K. Allan (1896-1966) was the first woman to
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Helen Gunsaulus (1886-1954) in chair. © The Field Museum, CSA50228_detail.
Helen Cowen Gunsaulus: Curator and Ethnologist    
Helen Cowen Gunsaulus earned her Bachelor of Philosophy (Ph.B.) at the University of Chicago in 1908. She went on to
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Olive Muriel Pink: Artist, Conservationist, Aboriginal Rights Activist
Olive Muriel Pink would spent a decade conducting research on the eastern Arrernte of Alice Springs and the Warlpiri of
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Preparation of a Queensland groper by Ethel King 1926. Photographer George C. Clutton. Australian Museum Archives AMS351_V09193. Reproduction Rights Australian Museum
Ethel King: Fish Artist Extraordinaire
In the 1920’s a group of women artists, working mostly on commission and in insecure, part-time positions, helped create a
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705
Amanda Almira Newton: Botanical Illustrator for the US Department of Agriculture
Amanda Almira Newton was a prolific illustrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) who specialized in drawing watercolors of
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Harriet and Helena Scott: Natural History Artists
The Scott sisters were the finest natural history painters in colonial New South Wales (NSW), Australia. In the 1850’s they
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John Tyley: Caribbean Botanical Illustrator in a Colonial World
John Tyley, watercolor on paper of , ca. 1802 John Tyley worked as a botanical illustrator at the historic St.
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Maria Sibylla Merian: Botanical Illustrator, Entomologist, and Explorer Ahead of Her Time
Illustration of a Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) and a False Coral Snake (Anilius scytale) (1701–1705) by Maria Sibylla Merian, watercolor
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