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, née Brown (1909-1988), was a British contemporary artist considered to be one of the most remarkable women of Read more
Wang Hao-t’ing (using the Chinese naming order with family name first) was a Chinese artist who was commissioned to accompany Read more
Joyce Allan at work, Australian Museum circa 1930. Australian Museum Archives AMS502. Reproduction Rights Australian Museum.
Illustrator, conchologist (i.e., one who studies mollusk shells) and museum curator Joyce K. Allan (1896-1966) was the first woman to Read more
Helen Gunsaulus (1886-1954) in chair. © The Field Museum, CSA50228_detail.
Helen Cowen Gunsaulus earned her Bachelor of Philosophy (Ph.B.) at the University of Chicago in 1908. She went on to Read more
Olive Muriel Pink would spent a decade conducting research on the eastern Arrernte of Alice Springs and the Warlpiri of Read more
Preparation of a Queensland groper by Ethel King 1926. Photographer George C. Clutton. Australian Museum Archives AMS351_V09193. Reproduction Rights Australian Museum
Preparation of a Queensland groper by Ethel King 1926. In the 1920’s a group of women artists, working mostly on Read more
U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705
Amanda Almira Newton was a prolific illustrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) who specialized in drawing watercolors of Read more
The Scott sisters were the finest natural history painters in colonial New South Wales (NSW), Australia. In the 1850’s they Read more
John Tyley, watercolor on paper of [Fruit], ca. 1802 John Tyley worked as a botanical illustrator at the historic St. Read more
Illustration of a Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) and a False Coral Snake (Anilius scytale) (1701–1705) by Maria Sibylla Merian, watercolor Read more