Robert Shonk

            Bob grew up in the Chicago suburb of Evanston. An early proficiency in drawing was developed throughout his youth and on into college, where he received a bachelor’s degree in illustration from Northern Illinois University. He worked as an illustrator and designer since graduation. Looking for new challenges and ways to include his passion for science and nature in his work, Bob discovered the Biomedical Visualization masters degree program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and knew immediately that he had finally found his true path. At U.I.C. Bob received highly specialized training in medical and life sciences that included cadaver dissection. He has applied the latest visualization technologies to advanced illustration and animation. For his project research Bob worked with the renowned Dr. Paul Sereno and his assistant Tyler Keillor of the University of Chicago's paleontology lab, reconstructing a fossil of a crocodile ancestor from the Sahara desert. In May he graduated with his masters degree and began his new career in biomedical visualization. In March of 2016 he began full-time employment at TrialExhibits, Inc., where his duties include medical illustration, animation, printing and design.

            Aside from art and science, activities and interests include bowling, 60's R&B and documentary films.