Alice Tangerini has served as staff illustrator in the Department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, since 1972. She is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and organized its first annual meeting in 1979 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has participated in numerous GNSI exhibits and given many lectures and workshops in botanical illustration, specializing in black-and-white techniques. She has taught at Montgomery College, in Maryland; Virginia Commonwealth University, Corcoran School of Art, in Washington, D.C.; the Desert Botanical Garden, in Phoenix, Arizona; and the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program. Her duties at the Smithsonian, aside from illustrating, include managing and curating the collection of botanical art in the Botany Department.