Nature-inspired artwork blends creative expression with the direct observation and interpretation of the world around us. Both making and viewing nature-focused art can open our eyes to the intricacies, complexity, and beauty of the natural world, motivate directions for scientific inquiry, and spark or renew our connection and love for nature. We are excited to inspire connections with the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves through this exhibit.
This event is co-sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves and The Ken Norris Center for Natural History, which partner to expose students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to the natural world.
The Natural Reserves at UC Santa Cruz include four of the 39 reserves that comprise the University of California Natural Reserve System, as well as the Campus Natural Reserve. Each reserve consists of natural environments set aside for research, education, and public service. From fog-enshrouded manzanita to the steep coastal canyons of Big Sur, they provide an unparalleled opportunity to investigate the natural world firsthand.
The Ken Norris Center for Natural History is an on-campus resource center for students and community members interested in studying anything related to the natural world. The Center supports numerous classes, research projects, internships, and programs. The Norris Center Art and Natural History Initiative supports science illustration courses, nature art weekend workshops, partnerships between faculty researchers and student artists, and public exhibits such as this one.