Pioneers of Natural History Illustration: Short Course at Oak Spring Garden Foundation

June 10-19, 2020, Oak Spring Garden Library, Upperville VA, USA

Participants will receive instruction in techniques and approaches for working with historical natural history materials and will also develop their own research projects using the OSGF collections. Taking as a point of departure the work of pioneer artist naturalists Maria Sibylla Merian (German, 1647–1717) and Mark Catesby (English, 1683–1749), participants will study the rich resources in the collections at the Oak Spring Garden Library, as case studies for conceiving and developing their own projects based on the OSGF collections. For more information, please visit the Oak Spring Garden Foundation Opportunity page.

The course will utilize a wide range of books, manuscripts, artefacts and art that Rachel Lambert Mellon collected over her lifetime. The course is suitable for professionals from diverse backgrounds, including historians of science, art, books, collecting and related fields. The course is directed at applicants in the early stages of their career. You may contact Stephanic Barker at for more information. The fees for the 10 days of the workshop, including accommodation and meals are: $100 (graduate students), $250 (post-docs), $500 (faculty members).

Call for papers

Deadline: December 13, 2019

Posted: October 28, 2019