Art & Natural History Initiative

Artwork on Display at our Fall Open House

Thanks to the generous support from generous donors, the Norris Center has launched its Art & Natural History Initiative program! We host workshops, sponsor students, and hold numerous events to connect art and natural history using the resources of the Norris Center.

Upcoming Natural History Art Events

Art of Nature Exhibition at SCMNH

April 7th to May 27th at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Featuring natural history art from 10 UCSC students and many other artists, you can explore nature through an artists lens or even make your own art. More information at the museum's website

 Beautiful tiger salamanader drawing for art of nature exhibit


Science Illustration Workshop at SCMNH

a beeApril 14th, 9 am to 12 pm. Spring is in the air! Flowers are blooming, and the bees are buzzing around looking for nectar. Learn how to draw scientific illustrations of bees at SCMNH's latest workshop. Registration and information found here



Alumni Weekend Open House at the Norris Center

california scrub jayApril 27th, 1 pm to 3 pm. All are welcome to join us at the Norris Center open house! We will have art and specimens on display, snacks, and lots of fun art activities at the museum. We're located in room 239 of the Natural Sciences 2 building. Get directions to the Norris Center here!


Cyanotype Workshop with Josie Iselin 

A fern cyanotype printSaturday May 5th 2018 at Younger Lagoon on the Coastal Sciences Campus of UCSC. Learn to make beautiful prints of your favorite plants using just the sun and our local marine algae. Go on a beach hunt for art subjects, make art, and learn about Santa Cruz fauna, all guided by the expertise of Josie Iselin. See here for more information and registration.


 Science and Art Residency

stop motion animation of people sitting under a joshua treeThe Science and Art Residency Program funds and supports creative communication opportunities for science research, and student artist professional development. Current residents include graduate students making stop-motion animation to showcase symbiosis, and teams of professors and undergraduates creating oral and written narratives to help conserve Micronesian coral reefs. See here for all of the other ongoing projects.