Understanding the structure and function of natural forms is central to my art; trained as an illustrator, my goal is to present a clear message and enhance meaning through images. As an artist I always consider the narrative in my work, whether the medium is watercolor, glass, CG, clay or stone. Identifying the problem, issue or joke to convey and then visually translating that meaning to an observer is the fun of it!
My early career in Medical Illustration began at The Wilmer Eye Institute of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1978-1981; afterward I served as Art Director and Medical Illustrator at Tufts University School of Medicine from 1983-1987. In 1991 my teaching career began in earnest as I conducted courses in Anatomy, Physiology, and Basic Medical Terminology at both the New England Center for Death Education at Mt. Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts and Community College of Rhode Island.
At Green Mountain College emphasis on liberal arts and the environment allows me to weave together my own academic, professional, and personal experience into a cohesive whole. Currently serving as GMC’s Coordinator of Alternative Learning Programs, my career has included instruction and instructional design in the arts and in the sciences. Work in the private sector included supervisory, administrative and budgeting responsibilities. For the past three decades I have been actively involved in environmental living, including close to ten years of homestead farming where I raised organic produce and dairy goats for milk, cheese, and meat.
M.A. Medical and Biological Illustration, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 1979. Thesis: The First Intermetatarsal and Medial Tarsal Regions; Surgical Implications in Digital Transfer.
B.A. Graphic Design: Illustration Concentration, San Jose State University, San Jose California, 1973.
A.A. Art, San Jose City College, San Jose, California 1971.
Member The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center 2006.
Member C.A.A. (College Art Association) 2004.
Member F.A.T.E. (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) 2001
Founding Board of Directors – Whitehall Skene Manor Preservation, Inc. (New York).
Elected to Association of Medical Illustrators, 1980 (Membership inactive).
Elected to Graphic Artists Guild, 1973 (Membership inactive).
Teaching and Mentoring
Drawing from the Landscape
Drawing from the Human Form
Studio Explorations I
Studio Explorations II
Advanced Graphic Design
Figure Studio 2-D
Figure Studio 3-D
Art History I
Art History II
Issues in Art
Art and Women Artists (Course Designer)
Seminar in Sculpture: Portrait Sculpture (Course Designer)
Special Topics in Design: Stage and Costume (Course Designer)
Special Topics in Painting: Watercolor and Airbrush (Course Designer)
Senior Exhibition and Portfolio
Independent Studies include: Costume Design, Graphic Arts, Digital Media, Equines in Art Historical Survey, Art Forgery, Botanical Illustration, The Figure in Environmental Space.
General Biology (Labs)
Human Physiology with Lab
Human Anatomy with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Group Independent Study: Gender, Development and Human Sexuality
Sustainable Liberal Arts:
S.L.A.T.E. Seminar (previously known as Images of Nature, Chair 2000-2003)
Voices of Community
Wicked Problems, Complex Solutions (previously known as Dimensions of Nature)
A Delicate Balance
Nature in Theatre and Film
Natural Science Illustration (Course Designer)
Social Power of Art in Time (Course Designer)
Presentations and Publications
Art History as General Education: An Interdisciplinary Success
F.A.T.E. Conference in Boston, March 2001
Principal artist for:
Zanella, Louis J. and Baker, Jennifer L. 2004. A Regional Dissector of the Cat. Patz, A. and Fine.S. 1980. Diabetic Retinopathy, C.V. Mosby, 1980.
Publications include numerous scientific articles since 1979.
Beginning in 2005, my creative activity outside the classroom includes stone sculpture, soft sculpture and new media. My website is currently under construction: www.medartjen.com
Green Mountain College and Community Concert Band – Flute.
Actor: Shakespeare on Main Street (Poultney), Dorset Theatre Festival, Green Mountain College
2002 Recipient of Exemplary Teacher Award
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church
2002 Recipient of the Robert W. Leonard Award to the Outstanding Teacher of the Year, awarded by the Student Senate