Bruce Worden

Ann Arbor, MI.  734.747.7962



Professional illustrator/sculptor with over ten years post-graduate experience working in museum, illustration, and academic settings. Specific areas of strength include:

·       Two- and three-dimensional artistic representation

·       Molding and casting, general construction

·       Methods and materials of exhibit design & production

·       Digital imaging software, e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

·       Dedication to creativity and accuracy at all levels of research, design, and production


2013: Freelance: Michigan wildlife wayfinding signage, Maynard Street Parking Structure, Ann Arbor, MI.

2012–ongoing: Author/illustratorWoodstalk: 3 Days of Peace, Music, and Zombies. (published by Black Market Books.)

2011: Author/illustrator, Tolliver Toad. (published by Black Market Books.)

2011: Illustrator and cowriterA Vagina Is Not... (published by Black Market Books.)

2009: Illustrator and cowriterGoodnight Keith Moon. (published 2011 by Can Of Worms Enterprises, Ltd.)

2004–present Scientific Illustrator, The Journal of Clinical Investigation: Staff illustrator for internationally circulated monthly biomedical journal.

2005 Freelance: Species illustrations for display at Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

2002–2004 Freelance: Species and behavior illustrations for Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, second edition.

Ongoing Freelance: Various book/journal illustrations & covers. Scientific illustrations in collaboration with, and for publication by, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology’s Insect Division. 

Exhibit Design & Production

2006 Freelance, Michigan Sea grant: Life-size model of sturgeon, with cutouts revealing the fish’s interior.

2005 Exhibit Preparation Assistant, University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History: Fossil reconstruction, casting, and preparation for display.

1999–2002 Exhibit Artist/Project Lead, Detroit Science Center: Designed and fabricated exhibits, 3D models, illustrations, section of mural, and a unique teaching environment for new permanent Life Sciences Gallery.

1998–1999 Exhibit Technician, Cranbrook Institute of Science: Fabricated displays and 3D models for new permanent exhibit halls. Aided in assembly/disassembly of temporary exhibits.

1997–1998 Exhibit Specialist/Artist, Cincinnati Museum Center: Designed and fabricated sculptural, graphic, and interactive components for “Beakman’s World On Tour” traveling exhibit. Led assembly/disassembly of CMC’s traveling exhibits at museums across the country. Aided in installation of Cincinnati Children's Museum. General exhibit maintenance.


ARTDES 219 – Illustration: Univ. of Michigan, School of Art & Design. Fall 2003, Winter 2004. In addition to class duties, took on 2 independent study students each semester.

ARTDES 200 – Drawing III: Analysis: Univ. of Michigan, School of Art & Design. Fall 2004. Instructed course twice as two identical half-semester classes.

“Spinning Skulls” project team member, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Collaborated with a small team to produce interactive elements for UMMZ’s Animal Diversity Web site and for instructional use in UM’s Mammalogy classes. Responsible for preparing, shooting, editing, and organizing digital photographs and virtual reality images of the skeletal collections.

Street Cred

2018. Future Former: an Exhibition of Alumni Work, Stamps School of Art & Design, Ann Arbor, MI

2016. SPACE Prize, 1st place, general comic category, Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo, Columbus, OH. 

2016. GNSI Conference Members Exhibition, Santa Cruz, CA. 

2016. Comics Vs. Art exhibition and program cover, Wild Goose Creative gallery, Columbus, OH. 

2016. Illustration chosen for installation in round 2 of PowerArt!, Ann Arbor, MI.

2014, 2015. SPACE Prize finalist, Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo, Columbus, OH. 

2014. Cool Jobs interview, Concentrate.

2014. Presentation to AAWA about art as a career.

2014. Visualizing Data exhibition, Work: Detroit gallery, Detroit, MI. Complement & Compliment (from Homophones, Weakly).

2014. Ideas, Illustrated exhibition, Valade Gallery, Adrian College, Adrian, MI. Multiple works describing my creative process.

2013. Show of scientific illustrations from Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, Workantile, Ann Arbor, MI.

2012. Illustration commissioned for Jasmina Cibic's Situation: Anophthalmus hitleri exhibition, Salon 2012, Maribor, Slovenia. Coproduced by European Capital of Culture.

2012. Great Lakes Small Works exhibition, Riverside Art Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI. People's Choice award. 

2012. Illustrating Science: Astronomy to Zoology exhibition, Ann Arbor Public Library. Coordinated show, exhibited work, and led two observational sketching workshops for children.

2011. Great Lakes Small Works exhibition, Riverside Art Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI. Third place award, 3D division; and People's Choice award. 

2011. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care MedicineVol. 184, No. 8, October cover illustration. 

2011. Presentation and discussion: Why Art Needs Science and Why Science Needs Art, Center for Inquiry, Michigan State University.

2010. NPR. Illustration of Aepyornis maximus.

2010. Great Lakes Small Works exhibition, Riverside Art Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI. Imaginary Sphere #1. SOLD. 

2010. The Guardian. Illustration of Arapaima gigas.

2008. Animals A to Z: the Art of Scientific Illustrators exhibition, Detroit Zoo. Multiple gouache illustrations.

2006. Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Eskimo Movie.

2005. Animal Diversity Observed exhibition, U of M Exhibit Museum of Natural History. Multiple gouache illustrations.

2004. Art & Nature exhibition, Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI. Multiple gouache illustrations.

2002. Bertolli's Art of the Tomato exhibition, BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. Winner – Illustration category.

1997. Bachelor of Fine Arts – Scientific Illustration. University of Michigan, School of Art & Design. Magna cum laude.