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Two New Arts Opportunities for Naturalists

The Art of Science: Conversations with Creatives in Science

The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit (SMEE) at the St. Lucie County Aquarium is pleased to announce a new live virtual programming series called “The Art of Science: Conversations with Creatives in Science” featuring a variety of visual artists, writers and photographers working in science-related areas. Though the lines between science and art are often tightly drawn, these two disciplines can, and do, often influence one another in extraordinary ways to create profound expressions through visual art and writing.

This series seeks to highlight creative individuals with a scientific background in a conversation on how their scientific understanding of the world influences, enhances and guides their art. This will be a series of three evening programs from March through May 2021 and broadcast live on Zoom. Each program features up to three artists on a panel and will be conversational in nature, rather than an interview or a lecture style program. Time will be built in for panelists to give the audience “tips and tricks” for aspiring artists and audience members will be encouraged to ask panelists questions.

The first “Art of Science” program is schedule for Thursday, March 18 at 6 p.m. and features visual artists from an assortment of disciplines. Panelists include: Sean Vidal Edgerton, a scientific illustrator with a background in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, Terri Nelson, an award-winning scientific illustrator and cartoonist, and Skye Morét, a marine scientist who creates visual art from scientific data. Registration is free and can be found on SMEE’s Facebook Events page, located at This program is free to attend and will be approximately 90 minutes in length.

More information about the events, as well as information about the Aquarium, can be found by visiting or by emailing

The Art of Conservation

The deadline is fast approaching for the 2021 Art of Conservation™ Florida Fish Art Contest, hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). This contest is open to youth in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade from across the globe. The deadline to enter is March 31 – start your entry today!

Students from Florida can win top honors, international recognition and prizes while learning about fish, fishing and aquatic conservation. The Art of Conservation inspires young people to get involved in the great outdoors and ignites a passion to become lifelong activists for the natural world.

To enter, artists create an original illustration of their chosen fish from the Official Fish List. Students in fourth grade and above should also submit a one-page creative writing piece based on the habitat conservation needs of their species. Artwork and essays will both be judged and awarded.

Winners will be awarded in four grade categories, K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Entries must be sent by Wednesday, March 31. Judging will occur in April and winners will be announced in May.

For more information about the Florida Fish Art Contest, contact Laura Rambo Walthall at 850-488-0520 or


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