Patricia Ferrer Beals received a dual degree in Graphic Communications (BFA) and Biology (BA) from Washington University in St. Louis. She received her M.F.A. in Medical & Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She’s taught numerous undergrad and graduate level classes at the University of Michigan Art School, including multiple international, accredited field-sketching courses from Costa Rica to Southern Africa. She spent 3 years at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum as the Interactive Media Coordinator developing science related educational programs for children. While at AAHOM, Patricia created original content, graphic design, and science illustration used in touch-screen kiosks, websites, and printed materials. From there she went on to a full-time, four year appointment with the Education Team at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichol’s Arboretum, as Interpretation and Exhibit Coordinator. There she specialized in graphic design, content creation, and botanical illustration for seasonal and permanent exhibits.
Patricia’s work has been featured in numerous solo and juried exhibits. She’s an experienced medical, botanical, and web-based science illustrator. Past clients have included universities, science museums, advertising firms, hospitals, and publishing houses.
Patricia is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, and is a Professional Member of the Association of Medical Illustrators. She resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and 3 young children.