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Emily S. Damstra – Designer, Artistic Infusion Program

Artistic Infusion Program

Emily S. Damstra


Emily S. Damstra earned a master of fine arts degree in science illustration from the University of Michigan and then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator, creating zoological, botanical, anthropological, ecological, and paleontological illustrations for diverse clients. Her illustrations may be seen on interpretive signs in museums, zoos, and natural areas as well as in many different publications, including the books Guide to Great Lakes Fishes by Gerald R. Smith (University of Michigan Press 2010) and The Atlantic Coast; A Natural History by Harry Thurston (Greystone Books 2011). She has designed more than a dozen coins for the Royal Canadian Mint and a few postage stamps for the United Nations Postal Administration. Ms. Damstra has always lived in the Great Lakes region, where she gains inspiration from and a deep appreciation for nature through gardening, hiking, volunteering, and exploring the beautiful local environment.

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