Receiving the Jury Award

at Focus on Nature XII: Natural History Illustration Exhibition

— Such attention to detail is evident throughout the exhibition. Jury Award winner Asuka Hishiki of Briarwood, Queens County, captures each stage of metamorphosis of the Asian Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio xuthus) in an intricate graphite-and-watercolor drawing. -By Amy Griffin

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The Focus on Nature exhibits at the New York State Museum have become biannual must-see events. The 12th edition of this juried exhibit opens this weekend, and features work by 72 artists from 14 countries. The work is of the absolute highest quality, and depicts “biological, geological and archeological subjects using a wide range of media, from traditional watercolor to recently developed digital techniques.”

In the exhibit notes, the NYSM further explains that “the basis for selection of these works is scientific accuracy, technical skill, aesthetic qualities, and originality.”

Through December 31, 2012

New York State Museum
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230