Women’s Work: Portraits of 12 Scientific Illustrators brings
together the work of a group of women who render scientific information
into the primary idiom of the human brain, visual imagery. A capable
scientific illustrator has the ability to illuminate a subject and
stimulate the viewer to look closer, learn more. The illustration will
reach vast audiences the way no amount of text or numerical data can.
Drawn from the collections of the Linda
Hall Library and Missouri
Botanical Garden Library, this exhibit highlights six
historic women and demonstrates the strong foundation they built by
also presenting the work of six contemporary women.
Women’s Work exhibits landmark illustrations
in the history of science by
six women who led the way at a time when women’s contributions
to science were stifled by cultural norms
of the day. This exhibit also presents
imagery created for the important scientific publications
and institutions of our time by six contemporary
women. These women were selected because of the quality
of their work and because their illustrations demonstrate
a range of scientific disciplines, artistic
styles, and printing techniques. Their lives demonstrate
unique, as well as shared, challenges. Limiting the work of five
centuries to selections from twelve women is a difficult task.
For that reason we hope this small tribute will be looked
on as an invitation to further exploration.