Kalliopi Monoyios


Kalliopi Monoyios is an artist and curator dedicated to communicating the wonder of the natural world to a wide and varied audience.

Beginning her career as a science illustrator for the prominent paleontologist Neil Shubin at The University of Chicago, she was the first to bring the fossil discovery Tiktaalik roseae to life. Her illustrations have appeared inside and on the covers of top peer-review journals as well as in three popular non-fiction books, including The New York Times best-seller, Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin.

It was in Shubin's lab that she discovered the close relationship between science and art and began to understand the vital role visual communicators have in opening the world of science to everyone. Illustrating for such diverse audiences taught her the value of having a large array of media at your fingertips — everything from traditional media, graphic work, fine art, cartoons, writing, and even performance can spread science far and wide.

In 2011, she co-founded Symbiartic, a blog covering the intersection of science and art, exploring some of these broad-ranging scicomm/sciart efforts for Scientific American.

Now, driven by the conviction that science communicators operating in all spheres are a critical part of creating a scientifically literate public, she is developing new avenues of public engagement with science via her own art and curated exhibits.


Solo Shows


  • Hope in the Plasticene, Gallery at the J, Miles-Nadal Jewish Community Center, Toronto, ON (Curator: Deanna DiLello)


  • University of Northern Colorado, Greely, CO (Curator: Belle-Pilar Fleming)
  • Art Parts Boulder, Boulder, CO (Invited by Demry Frankenheimer)
  • DSST Montview Middle and High Schools, Denver, CO (invited by Brady Porterfield-Finn, Community Engagement Manager)


  • Patterns of Consumption, Littleton Museum, Littleton, CO (invited by Moira Casey, Director of Community Engagement)

Group Shows


  • Fabulation: A Wild Romp Through the Future: Carbondale Arts' 2024 Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza, Carbondale, CO (Creators: Meagan Londy Shapiro, Amy Kimberly, and Laura Stover)


  • Life Lines: Surface Design Association’s 2023 Selections Exhibition (Juror: Sébastien Carré)
  • Degrees of Commitment: Sandra Blain Galleries, Arrowmont School of Arts and  Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN (Jurors: Gina Siepel and Isabel Vargas)
  • Lasting Impression: Surface Design Association’s 8th Annual Exhibition in Print  (Juror: Lorna Hamilton-Brown) *Material Exploration Award*
  • 40th Annual All Colorado Art Show, Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, CO (Juror: Dariya Bryant) 
  • Safekeeping, 108 Contemporary Gallery, Tulsa, OK (Juror: Anita Fields)
  • Big Draw Colorado, Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Arvada, CO (Curator: Emily Grace King)
  • Trashion Revolution, The Narcissus Room at Macy's on State, Chicago, IL(Curator: Jordan Parker, Triveni Institute) *Third Place Award*


  • Spot On 3, D’Art Gallery, Denver, CO (Juror: Doug Kacena, K Contemporary)
  • Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (Jurors: Gretchen Kai Halpert, Tyler Keillor, Ian Gromicho, Hayley Gillespie)


  • Spot On, D’Art Gallery, Denver, CO (Juror: Michael Paglia)


  • 2018 70th Anniversary Members Exhibit, Wesleyan Pottery, Middletown, CT 
  • Princeton Alumni in the Arts, Norwood Club in NYC (curated by Melinda Wang)
  • There. Near. Here., Museum of Boulder, Boulder, CO (curated by Megan Moriarty, Director of Community Engagement at Museum of Boulder, Natalie Peselev Stern & Emily Volk)
  • 3-Person: See What is Unseen, Stanton Gallery, Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton, CO (curated by Karina Elrod)


  • 2017 Annual Exhibit, Wesleyan Pottery, Middletown, CT 
  • Life As We Know It; Art Science Gallery, Austin, TX (Juror: Hayley Gillespie, Director & Founder)
  • A Flat of Eggs; Art Students League of Denver, CO (Juror: Rachel Basye, Executive Director ASLD)


  • Own an Original; Littleton Museum, CO (Juror: Sandra Clark, sculptor; Colorado)




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