Senior Forensic Imaging Specialist with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Joe Mullins gave a presentation for Ringling College of Art and Design’s faculty and students, and forensic, medical, and advanced sculpture professionals in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center on Saturday, Nov. 4. The presentation is a precursor to a workshop that he will be teaching in the spring, the Forensic Skull Sculpture Workshop. In previous versions of his workshops, Mullins has guided students to create forensic reconstructions from the skulls of real victims, allowing students to learn as they assist on real cases.
About the upcoming workshop at Ringling College:
- The workshop will be five days, Monday-Friday, during the week of Spring Break 2024.
- The workshop is open to students, faculty, and members of the public. Space is limited and faculty will be asked to recommend students. The workshop is not major-specific and open to all majors.
- More details will be forthcoming in the spring.
Watch an excerpt from one of Mullins’ previous workshops held at the New York Academy of Art.
In the Forensic Services Unit, Mullins’ work includes age-progressing long-term missing children, developing facial approximations from unknown juvenile skeletal remains, soft tissue facial reconstructions, and fugitive image updates to assist law enforcement. He has received training from the FBI Academy, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Dundee. He has degrees in graphic design and fine art from Savannah College of Art and Design and James Madison University. He is certified as a Forensic Artist by the International Association for Identification and has been with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children since 1999.