Teri McDermott//Jennifer Fairman//Mark Lefkowitz//Tim Phelps//Diane Nelson//Brent Bauer

CEUs: 0.05 Business & 0.05 Art

As we grow older – or even just as a refreshing aside while still working – many medical illustrators engage in creative activities that are not related to their full time jobs or commissioned work. This session is about creations medical illustrators do beyond our medical work, or “Thinking outside the Medical Illustration Box”! Are we just medical illustrators, or do many of us spend time on other creative activities? This group of talks should open attendees’ minds to ideas for fun and possibly lucrative artistic activities aside from medical and scientific work.

Teri McDermott

Teri McDermott

Teri J. McDermott, MA, CMI, FAMI is a Board Certified Medical Illustrator and AMI Fellow, and has run a successful self-employed business in the Chicago area since 1981. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois Chicago Biomedical Visualization program in 1975, and has been an honorary Clinical Assistant Professor with the program since 1985. Teri earned an MA with high honors from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1978. She was President of AMI in 1995 on the AMI’s 50th anniversary, and also served two terms on the AMI Board of Governors.  Teri has been an invited speaker at numerous universities and conferences in the US and internationally over the past three decades. Her work has earned over 30 awards in the US and abroad. She is an outspoken advocate of copyright registration and pursuit of infringement.  Teri is currently semi-retired and working in her one-plus acre garden much of the year. Her major interests currently are traveling the world and, when at home, flourishing her plants and entertaining multiple birds, butterflies, and other critters.

Jennifer Fairman

Jennifer Fairman

Jennifer Fairman brings over 20 years of experience in science, education, business, research, communication, and design to be an effective visual designer and problem-solver. 

Outside of medical illustration, Jeni loves to create handmade jewelry and metal objects. With over a decade of experience in design and fabrication techniques, she’s launched her own nature inspired jewelry line and storefront. Jeni Elizabeth Jewelry combines her love for the natural world, including botanical elements like blossoms and branches, along with cicadas and other curiosa. She uses such materials as silver, bronze, copper, glass, dried flowers, enamels, fibers, old family photos and other precious elements. Though you’ll notice a theme throughout her designs, each piece is handmade and unique.  She posts regular updates about her cicada-inspired adventures on Instagram and Twitter.

Jeni received a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.A. in Studio Art while minoring in German language from the University of Maryland. She also received her M.A. in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she is an Associate Professor in the graduate program of Art as Applied to Medicine. She is currently completing graduate studies in the Business of Art and Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Mark Lefkowitz

Mark Lefkowitz

Mark Lefkowitz has been exploring the worlds of biology and medicine as a Certified Medical Illustrator for more than 30 years. He creates imagery andanimation that combine the accuracy demanded by science and medicine with the aesthetics desired in art.  

Mark is a graduate of Pratt Institute where he received a B.F.A. with high honors in Drawing and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he received a Masters in Medical and Biological Illustration. Mark’s achievements have been recognized with awards and honors from numerous organizations including the Society of Illustrators, Rx Club, National Science Foundation, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and Association ofMedical Illustrators.  Mark is excited about his recent body of work because it reflects his deep love ofnature and the outdoors. Heis captivated by light and form, as well as the integration and synergy of natural elements – clouds, rocks, earth, water, plants, and animals. The interplay of light and atmosphere and the beauty of reflections, transparencies, and rich textures intrigue him. His “dreamscapes” are created digitally; 3Dand2D software interfaces serve as his palette. None of the images Mark creates are photographs of actual places.

Tim Phelps

Tim Phelps

Tim Phelps, with a B.F.A. from Wittenberg University and M.S. from the University ofMichigan, is currently a Professor and Medical Illustrator. He has been teaching and illustrating for 31years in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. Tim has received over 40 regional and national awards for his artwork published in textbooks, magazines, and professional journals. Projects have included multiple surgical texts and atlases on Otolaryngology, Orthopedics, Surgical Pathology, and Cardiac Surgery. Tim is a Past President and Past Chair of the Board of theAssociation of Medical Illustrators. He received the Max Brödel Award for Excellence in Education from Association of Medical Illustrators in 2015.Since 1995, Tim has been flame painting miniature diecast hot rods and trucks. He is the author of Up in Flames: The Art ofFlame Painting (MBI 2006). Tim was the artist and designer for Greenlight Toys “Up inFlames” 16 car diecast series.Tim has been exploring the significance of mandalas and mindfulness culminating in his current two-volume Wonders series books of nature mandalas published by Schiffer Publishing (2016). A set of nature mandala coloring books (April 2017) has followed, and Tim is currently completing a third volume of his “Wonders” series. More on Tim’s nature mandala art can be found on Facebook and Instagram: Tim Phelps Nature Mandalas. You will certainly find fire attire in his mandalas too!

Diane Nelson

Diane Nelson

Diane L. Nelson,  M.H.P.E., F.A.M.I. earned a Bachelor of Art Education degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a Graduate Certificate in Medical Illustration and a Master of Health Professions Education degree from the University of Illinois. Diane has been a successful freelance Medical Illustrator and Art Director since 1975. Additionally, she has run her own business, BioMEDIA Corporation, and worked as a project manager, medical legal expert and Creative Director for a variety of firms. Diane has been a professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators since 1970. She served on its board for three terms, as President and Chairman of its Board of Governors and earned the distinction of Fellow.   Her work was included in The Healing Arts -The Best American Artists Look at Medicine Today and The Best in Medical Advertising and Graphics and has won many awards for creative excellence from the Association of Medical Illustrators, Rx Club of New York, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the Bio-communication Chicago Forum. Since 2012, Diane has owned and operated art galleries on Chicago’s north shore, displaying and selling her own artwork as well as work by guest artists. She has also illustrated a children’s book on surrogacy. 

Brent Bauer

Brent Bauer

Brent Bauer received his MFA in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan in 1984. His first illustration position was at The Ohio State University, School of Veterinary Medicine illustrating for the Department of Veterinary Anatomy. Brent then joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Department of Art as Applied to Medicine where he taught for several years many graduate courses such as anatomical drawing, biological, surgical, and ophthalmological illustration and media courses such as airbrush, carbon dust pen and ink and watercolor.

Brent Bauer is a Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators and through the years has served on many committees of the AMI including the Board of Governors, Newsletter Editor, Regional Meeting and Membership committees, and the Vesalius Trust.

In addition to his career in Medical and Biological Illustration, Brent works in public health Dentistry, first for the Apache, Navajo and Hopi Tribes of Arizona, and now for the rural schools in northeastern South Carolina.

Brent is also a member of the GNSI and the Ocean Artists Society.

Recently relocated from Phoenix, Arizona to Cherry Grove Beach, South Carolina, Brent’s focus on art is directed towards traditional media such as oil, acrylic, and mixed media paintings in which the goal to create a collection of paintings not only documenting his undersea travels and experiences but also his above water travels in the form of plein air landscapes. Recent exhibits of his undersea paintings include the New York Museum of Natural History, and the Franklin G. Burroughs and Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach.