Joseph Trumpey

Courtesy Appointment


M.F.A., University of Michigan (medical and biological illustration)
B.A., Wabash College (art and biology)



Joe Trumpey is an Associate Professor of Art at the Stamps School of Art & Design and an Associate Professor of Natural Resources at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. He also served as Director of International Engagement for Art & Design for six years and successfully implemented the University’s first International Experience Requirement for all Art & Design students. He is a faculty associate with the University of Michigan’s African Study Center, Program in the Environment, and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. While at U-M, Trumpey created a BFA Science Illustration Concentration / Curriculum that was successfully offered from 1995 to 2006. He also founded and currently directs Michigan Science Art, one of the largest groups of science illustrators working together in North America. Their most notable achievement is the completion of approximately 5,000 illustrations for the award-winning, 17-volume Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia. As a freelance design consultant and illustrator, Trumpey has worked with numerous zoos, museums and publishers across the country including: the Toledo Zoo, the Detroit Zoo, the Smithsonian / National Zoo, the North Carolina Zoo, Houghton Mifflin Publishing, Wolfe Publishing, Lippincot Publishing, Gale / Thompson Publishing, Mosby Publishing, ScienceWorks, Inc., Appleton and Lang Publishing, Glaxo-Welcome Pharmaceuticals, Not A Book Inc., and Stackpole Publishing.