We extend our warmest welcome to Bruce Worden, the Kelsey Museum’s new illustrator. Bruce has been a scientific illustrator and museum exhibit designer since 1997. He joined the U-M Museum of Anthropological Archaeology as an illustrator/graphic artist in July 2022 and is now stepping into Lorene Sterner’s shoes to serve as the Kelsey Museum’s illustrator as well.

Bruce has worked in publishing for the last 20 years, helping scientists in many fields communicate their work to a wider audience. He has created historical maps, architectural renderings and details, and descriptive illustrations directly from museum specimens and field observation. Bruce has experience using various techniques and equipment—including microscopes, camera lucidas, digital photography, GIS, and 3-D software—to aid in the creation of figures. He is well-versed in traditional illustration media, as well as in computer graphics programs such as Adobe Creative Cloud.

He prides himself in producing accurate and stylistically consistent work that meets publication requirements and deadlines. It is sometimes said that “there is no scientific outreach without art,” and Bruce is excited to bring his passion for outreach to the Kelsey.