Birds have long inspired artists, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a long and vibrant tradition in both science and art, beginning with famed ornithologist and artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes who taught courses for students and the public in the early 1900s. The walls of the Cornell Lab are graced by the works of Louis Agassiz Fuertes, George M. Sutton, Charley Harper, Roger Tory Peterson, and others. In the last decade, those classic works have been joined by art produced by artists here in the Cornell Lab’s Bartels Science Illustration program.
Established in 2003, the Bartels Science Illustration program offers rotating appointments to enable illustrators who are just starting their careers to build their skills and portfolios by working on projects that help the Lab achieve its mission. Their art brings to life our educational and outreach materials, videos, and scientific work—and their work has been published regularly across diverse platforms, including the Cornell Lab’s Living Bird magazine and All About Birds website, as well as in scientific publications.