Jennifer E. Fairman, CMI, FAMI

founder & principal

Ms. Fairman founded Fairman Studios in 2000. She also holds a faculty appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine where she previously received her Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Jennifer’s background includes experience in medical and scientific illustration for publication and patient education, 2D animation, web publishing and interactive and graphic design. Jennifer pursued undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland where she was also employed as an illustrator and graphic designer for the Department of Communication Services. In May of 1995 she received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a minor in German language. 

She served as a scientific illustrator and research associate in entomology for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Her primary research and production work was based at the USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory located within the National Museum of Natural History. Her work at the Smithsonian also brought her to Costa Rica, where at INBio (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad) she assisted in systematic entomological research and taught scientific illustration. 

During her graduate studies, Jennifer completed her thesis conducting a comparative study of dinosaur and reptilian cranial anatomy. She also interned for Hurd Studios in Brooklyn, New York the summer of 1998, where she story-boarded and illustrated for patient education medical videos for public television.

After receiving her Masters degree from Johns Hopkins in 1999, Jennifer moved to Boston to work as a staff medical illustrator for the Lahey Clinic, a suburban hospital and community group practice. Shortly thereafter, she founded Fairman Studios. Jennifer is a professional member and has served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI). She is also a professional member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI), the American Craft Council, The Illustrators Club of Washington, DC, and is currently an adviser to the Board of the Vesalius Trust after having served 4 terms.  She has received numerous grants and awards for her work including Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit from the AMI, a Smithsonian Women’s Committee Grant, a James Smithson Society Fellowship , and a Vesalius Trust Research Grant. She is also the 1999 recipient of the Inez Demonet Award. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators during the AMI 62nd Annual Meeting in Bozeman, MT. Most recently, she was honored with the AMI’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

{ Ms. Fairman is the founder and principal of Fairman Studios, LLC. Ms. Fairman’s role in this company does not constitute endorsement by the Johns Hopkins University or the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. The terms of this arrangement are being managed by the Johns Hopkins University in accordance with its conflict of interest policies. }

Stock art licensing & management

Since 2002, Fairman Studios, in partnership with, (formerly offers licenses to our clients a variety of stock medical art. To find out more about this service, you can visit our partner site or fill out a simple request form.