Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network of creative minds dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action.
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Biophilia: Pittsburgh July Meeting: A Career in Science Illustration with Lindsay Wright
Join us on Wed., July 3 at Café Phipps with Lindsay Wright, a freelance science illustrator who participates in local art shows and festivals. Lindsay's talk will summarize her enthusiasm for biology and background in art, demonstrating how her work makes identifying patterns in the tree of life exciting and fun! Scientists are working every day to understand the parts, relate the pieces and build the puzzle of our knowledge of this magnificent planet. The work they do fuels her illustrations, with a goal of sparking interest and forming new connections between people and the natural world.
Meet the Speaker
Lindsay Wright has been cultivating a keen observational eye since she was young. Her desire for drawing realistically with scientific themes developed through schooling as Lindsay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts with a minor in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a Graduate Certificate in Science Illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay. Typically working in colored pencil to bring out the bright colors and detail of nature, Lindsay uses her knowledge in the sciences to draw realistic, scientifically accurate illustrations. She is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators. Currently living in Pittsburgh, Lindsay works as a freelance science illustrator while participating in local art shows and festivals.
5:30 – 6 p.m. — Networking and refreshments
6 – 6:30 p.m. — Presentation
6:30 – 7 p.m. — Discussion
Discover Our Additional Resources
Inspired by the Biophilic Cities initiative, the Biophilia: Pittsburgh Directory seeks to present an overview of the biophilic organizations, events, activities and projects in Pittsburgh, to aid the public in enhancing their connections to nature and discovering collaborative opportunities.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly at Café Phipps at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plates and light refreshments, a discipline or behavior is identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities.
Directions and Parking
The meeting will take place at Café Phipps, and entry will be available through the main Conservatory entrance at our Welcome Center. Guest parking spaces will be available at the parking island on Schenley Drive.
• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact
What Is Biophilia?
The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”
The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.
Photo © Paul g. Wiegman, Phipps staff