Mica Duran // Tonya Hines // Dena Matthews // Cynthia Turner // Betsy Weissbrod –
CEU’s: TBA –
In this session, a panel of speakers will provide real-world examples of why and how they register their copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office and embed metadata to protect their work. A variety of common copyright registration types will be highlighted, including but not limited to: individual, group/collection, derivative, animation, copyright buyout (transfer of copyright), and registering pseudonymously. Step-by-step instructions will be demonstrated on how to embed metadata to further medical illustrators’ efforts to protect their work. AMI resources on these topics will be provided in addition to where publicly available resources can be located.
Mica Duran, CMI
Mica Duran is the owner and principal creative of Mica Duran Studio, a board-certified medical illustration studio. With a focus on traditional illustration and design services for the bioscience industry, clients include large biotech firms, surgeons, and malpractice attorneys. Mica is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia program, and currently serves as vice-chair of the AMI’s Artists’ Rights Committee.
Tonya Hines, CMI, FAMI
Tonya Hines, CMI, FAMI is the Art Director at Glia Media | Mayfield Brain & Spine specializing in academic publication, patient education and healthcare marketing for the neurosciences. Tonya has a long history of AMI service including: Past President, Professional Guidelines Committee, and Artist’s Rights Committee. She is currently AMI Liaison to the American Society of Illustrators Partnership (ASIP-repro.org) and works on copyright reform advocacy for visual artists.
Dena Matthews, MAMS
Dena Matthews, M.A.M.S., medical illustrator, international speaker, author, artist, and teacher, is a partner at LifeHouse Productions, LLC, a leading edge biomedical animation and illustration studio. Matthews’ company’s expertise has been honored with numerous awards including the Medical Marketing Association InAwe Gold award, Telly Awards, and Rx Club awards. Matthews earned her B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Biomedical Visualization program. As past vice chair of the Association of Medical Illustrators’ (AMI) Artists Rights Committee she advocated for artists rights in Washington, D.C and spoke as a panelist at the 2008 U.S. Small Business Association’s roundtable discussion on the economic impact of proposed orphan works legislation. As a board member of the American Society of Illustrators Partnership she represents the AMI. As past chair of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Metro Chapter Entrepreneur Affinity Group Matthews organized highly-rated programs that help advance the business skills of it members. Matthews co-created the Trilogy Healthcare Business Network, to expand opportunities for small businesses in the medical sector within Connecticut. Matthews taught the graduate course on medical animation at New York University’s Center for Advanced Digital Applications, taught Photoshop for Painters to the Tolland County Artists Association, and guest lectured during Swansea Animation Days in South Wales. Matthews co-authored a chapter on 3D Animation for The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration. Most recently, she presented on 3D biomedical animation to the faculty at Wesleyan University. Since 2010, Matthews has been tweeting about artists’ rights issues under the handle @denamatthews.
Cynthia Turner, CMI
Cynthia Turner is an internationally recognized, certified medical illustrator with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University and a Master of Arts in Biomedical Illustration from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Her work focuses on the visual needs of the pharmaceutical and biotech research industries for their investor and advertising markets, from large-scale illustrations for medical exhibitions to work across print and electronic distributions in healthcare advertising markets. Her work is known for high-impact visual problem solving and scientific integrity. She and her partner, Edmond Alexander, formed the medical art studio of Alexander & Turner Inc. and they have been in business together for over 30 years. She is a Founding Member of the Illustrators’ Partnership of America and serves as Co-Chair with Brad Holland, on the Board of ASIP (the American Society of Illustrators Partnership) which seeks to establish an American illustrators’ collecting society to ensure that reprographic and other downstream royalties are paid to the creators who have earned them.
Betsy Weissbrod, CMI
Elizabeth “Betsy” Weissbrod is a certified medical illustrator for the Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, at the Val G. Hemming Simulation Center of the Uniformed Services University. There she creates content for military medical education ranging from 3D animation, traditional illustration, augmented reality content, digital 2D artwork, medical moulage, and prototyping simulators. Betsy received her MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in 2010. That same year, she founded Weissbrod Studios. In 2012 she completed her service as a multi-media illustrator in the United States Army Reserves. She currently serves on the AMI Board of Governors, is the chair of the Artists’ Rights Committee, is a member of the Professional Guidelines Committee, and has served on several other committees since joining the AMI. In addition to art, she looks for ways to serve those around her through international and local community volunteer opportunities.