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ASBA
BAEE Native Plant Award, 2019
Documenting Edible and Medicinal Native Plants of Yup’ik Communities
in Southwest Alaska. Illustrations published in a book authored by cultural anthropologist Ann Feinup-Riordan. An exhibition of original illustrations can be viewed June 2020 at The University of Washington, Center for Urban Horticulture.

EXHIBITIONS

Focus on Nature XV
Roberson Museum and Science Center, New York, 2019

GNSI and AIMBI Members Exhibit 2019
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Bellingham National 2019, Water’s Edge: Landscape for Today
February 2 – May 19, 2019; Whatcom Museum, Washington

CLASSES

Natural History Illustration
University of Washington, Center for Urban Horticulture, Winter 2020

An introduction to the practice of natural science illustration is complemented by critique sessions allowing students to discuss and respond to each other’s work. The focus of this fundamental course is drawing, from gestural sketching to precision rendering of illustrations for scientific purposes. Each student is given the opportunity to render selected subjects in a variety of demonstrated techniques.
For more information see UW CUH offerings.

AIGA LINK Workshop

http://thelinkprogram.org/index.php/events/19-october-botanical-illustration-sharon-birzer

Scientific Illustration
Evergreen State College, Summer, 2020

RESIDENCY

Voices of the Wilderness artist residency, 2018
US Forest Service, National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service, Alaska

During this year’s Summer Solstice, I was fortunate to experience the wonders of the Tebenkof Bay Wilderness in the Tongass National Forest. We arrived by float plane, and the weather was clear, which is somewhat rare for those parts, enabling us to kayak and camp. I spent much of my time exploring lichens with Karen Dillman, a Forest Service ecologist and lichenologist, though the entire crew who supported the mission were amazing. The contrast of pure wilderness versus where I live, in Seattle, was remarkable. There was almost no discernible human impact in this untouched and pristine area of wilderness, except for signs of the native Tlinget inhabitants who once lived there. I observed beautiful and unique life forms at every turn, recording them with photographs and drawings, in awe of the abundance of botanical gems and wonders. Karen and I focused on lichens which are an indicator species, meaning their presence or absence indicates air quality, though many native species were present. I am grateful for the protection of these priceless and endlessly intriguing untouched areas of land.

FELLOWSHIP

Civita Institute Fellowship, 2017

My Fellowship was full of discoveries as I documented my observations of the natural world in the unique and fragile remote hill town and surrounding canyons of Civita di Bagnoregio in the region of Alto Lazio, Italy.

https://www.civitainstitute.org/1470/civita-institute-fellows.html