Joseph E. Trumpey

AB in Art and Biology, Wabash College
MFA in Medical and Biological Illustration, University of Michigan

Joe founded Michigan Science Art as a direct result of the Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia project. In addition to directing MSA, Joe is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. In 1994 he created a new BFA Science Illustration concentration at the University and ln 1996 started mentoring MFA Science Illustration students. Additionally, he teaches in in the Biomedical Visualization Program and courses that focus on environmental awareness and field experiences.

Before returning to the University he was chief medical illustrator and director of the art section for the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.

Joe's current research and creative work include the following:
• The use of observational drawing to teach elementary and middle school life science
• Sustainable agriculture and development
• Issues focusing on biodiversity
• Science and Environmental Education

Joe and his wife, Shelly, live and work on a small farm in Tecumseh, Michigan. Their farm, Sandy Acres, focuses on rare breeds of livestock. Shelly teaches third grade in Pinckney, Michigan.