Mickey Alice Kwapis

licensed taxidermy instructor & multidisciplinary artist

Photo by Christian Watson of 1924.us

Mickey Alice Kwapis is a professionally trained, licensed taxidermist and traveling taxidermy instructor. She has been working professionally in the taxidermy industry since March of 2012. Known internationally for her pop-up classes hosted everywhere from boutiques to tattoo studios, Mickey teaches students everything they need to know to mount small mammals using traditional techniques from start to finish in one class session.

Mickey practices sustainable taxidermy methods and has worked and taught at such institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Audubon Zoo, and the Honolulu Museum of Art. She has also served as a consultant to novelist Lauren Beukes. Mickey's lectures are primarily targeted towards those with an interest in biology, science, and natural history but all taxidermy enthusiasts and curious people are welcome!

She also moonlights as a philanthropist, jeweler, merchant of antique biological models, and book artist. When Mickey isn't traveling for work, she enjoys collecting beach glass at Lake Erie, climbing and adventuring, and lives with her dog Osiris and any number of rescue animals in Cleveland, Ohio.