Curriculum Vitae

John D. Woolsey (b. Baltimore, MD 16 April 1945) 

Home: 225 Race St., Unit 300, Philadelphia, PA, 19106; 215-925-1475

Studio: Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St., Philadelphia, PA 19122; 215-805-6090

Summer: 37 George St, Bayside, Northport ME 04849; 207 338-3338

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MFA 1973, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Studied painting with Neil Welliver, James Brooks, Alex Katz, Elaine de Kooning, Yvonne Jacquette and others. Fine Arts Scholar, 1971–72, 1972–73

BFA, 1972, University of Pennsylvania

BS (Art), with honors, 1968, University of Wisconsin, Madison

     Majored in painting and sculpture; extensive studies in biology; elected Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies



Associate Professor, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, 1988–1992

     Taught courses in scientific and medical illustration and painting; developed curriculum in scientific illustration

Assistant Professor, University of the Arts, Philadelphia,1979–1988

     Taught scientific and medical illustration, 1983–1988

Visiting critic, Dept. of Fine Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1983–1988

Instructor, printmaking, Cheltenham School of Fine Arts, Cheltenham PA, 1975–79

Instructor, painting, drawing and photography, Dept. of Art, University of Wisconsin, Wausau, summer; 1969



University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts, 1974–81, 1989, 1992.

Art In Progress, Bryn Mawr PA, 1986.

State University of New York, Cortland, 1981

Philadelphia College of Art, 1979–1981

West Chester University, West Chester PA, 1979

Rutgers University, Camden NJ, 1976, 1978



Gross-McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, 1975-80

Harcus-Krakow Gallery, Boston, 1977-79

Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston, 1979-80

Crieger-Sesen Gallery, Boston, 1980-83

Fischbach Gallery, New York, 1981

Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, 1980-82

Corporate Art Directions, New York, 1982-85

Miriam Perlman Gallery, Chicago, 1982-87

Sazama-Brauer Gallery, Chicago, 1987-88

Katherina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 1985-88

Isalos Fine Art, Stonington, ME, 2004-present

Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME 2010-present

Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, 2011-present



AT&T Corp.

ARCO Petroleum Corp.

Belfast Free Library, Belfast ME

Cigna Corp.,

Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, Chicago

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Hurley Hospital, Flint Michigan

Imperial Clevite Corp.

Madison Art Center, Madison WI

Maine Savings Bank, Portland ME

National Theatre Workshop for the Handicapped/Crosby, Belfast, ME

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Primavera Systems, Inc., Bala Cynwyd PA

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham MA

The University Club, Chicago

University of Wisconsin, Madison

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Chicago

U.S. Suburban Press, Chicago



From 1962 until 2006, John Woolsey supported himself chiefly as an illustrator of science, designer and developer of college and medical science textbook illustration programs, a developer of digital multimedia for the sciences, including interactive software and animations, and consulting to the publishing and pharmaceutical industries. This practice covered virtually all areas of physical and life sciences. He and his studio illustrated over 150 college and medical textbooks, and dozens of media works and animations.

2002–2006. President and CEO, SparkPoint Communications, a firm providing full-service production management to the publishing industry

1995–2003. Principal, Founding Partner,Vice President and Creative Director, The MONA Group, LLC, publisher of multimedia learning products for students of life sciences at the college, high-school and professional schools

1987–2006. Principal and President, J/B Woolsey Associates, a firm specializing in visual communications for the sciences; a nation-wide client base included college and medical publishers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies

1982–1987. Founder, Partner, Creative Director and Director of Marketing Woolsey and Wong Associates, providing scientific illustration, graphics and consulting services to institutional, professional and corporate clients in the mid-Atlantic region