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1985   MFA in Medical Illustration, Rochester Institute of Technology,
Minor in Instructional Technology
1977   BFA in Illustration, Philadelphia College of Art
Work Experience
1977 - present   Freelance illustration and design, conducts workshops, fine art
1997 - 2013   Professor Emerita, Fine Arts
Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts
Indiana University South Bend, IN
1987 - 1997   Scientific Illustrator, Dept. of Anthropology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithson Institution, Washington, DC
1984 - 1987   Instructor, Illustration
University of the Arts, Phildaelphia, PA
2018   Visualize: Art Revealing Science
July 16 - October 18, 2018
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 50th Anniversary Juried Exhibition
American Association for the Advancement of Science Gallery
Washington, DC
2017   Small But Mighty
January 3 - 26, 2017
Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College, Illinois
2015   Lustrous Lines: Contemporary Metalpoint Drawing
November 21, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Humboldt Arts Council, Morris Graves Museum of Art
Eureka, CA
2012   4th International Exhibition of Calligraphy
Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy
Moscow, Russia
2010   2010 Washington Calligraphers' Guild Invitational Exhibit
Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC
2009   International Calligraphic Exhibition
Museum of Contemporary Calligraphy, Moscow, Russia
2006   Lessedra World Art Print Annual
Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2000   Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Members' Exhibit
King D. Manuel's Palace, Évora, Portugal


  Wissenshcaftliches Zeichnen
Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, Switzerland
Presentations and Workshops
2019   Guild of Natural Science Illustrators - Carolinas Chapter
Workshop: Watercolor on Calfskin Vellum
2018   Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 50th Annual Conference
Demonstration: Silverpoint Drawing
Workshop: Animals & Alphabets
2015   Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Conference 2015
Presentation: Scanning & Printing
Workshop: Watercolor on Calfskin Vellum
2012   Presentation: Optical Devices: From Durer to Hockney and Beyond
Presentation: The Life of Gerald P. Hodge
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Conference
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
2009   Presentation: Painting and Illumination Techniques of the Middle Ages
Workshop: Ink Moist Brush Technique
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Conference
University of Maine, Fort Kent, ME
2009   Workshop: Decorated Letters
Workshop: Watercolor on Vellum
The Calligraphy Connection
St. John's University, Collegeville, MN
2009   Workshop: Silverpoint & Egg Tempera
Denver Botanical Garden, Denver, CO
2016   Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Technique Sheets
Article: Pencil Techniques: Graphite Pencil Basics
Article, co-author: Digital Techniques: Adobe Photoshop
Production, editing, layout.
2013   Contributor, The Briem Report: Letterforms 2013, Operina Publishing.
2009   Artwork included in Type or Graph, Sandu Cultural Media Co. Ltd., Guangzhou, China.
2006   Artwork included in "GNSI Showcase". Journal of Biocommunication. Vol. 32 No. 1.
2003   "Pencil". Chapter in The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration, 2nd Revised Ed., Elaine R.S. Hodges, ed. Wiey & Sons, publisher.

©2014, Karen Ackoff. Photograph ©2007, Angela Leed.