Jamie Franki earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration from Syracuse University and has been teaching art full-time on the College and University level since 1988. Franki is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he coordinates the Illustration program and serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Art + Art History. Franki maintains an artistic practice in exhibition, medallic design, relief sculpture, and visual communication. He is currently a designer in the United States Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program. In 2008, Franki designed the Order of IKKOS Medal, the United States Olympic Committee’s perpetual honor society award for Team USA coaches. He has also designed and sculpted several National Money Show and World’s Fair of Money medals for the American Numismatic Association. In 2011, Jamie was awarded the ANA’s Presidential Award for his artistic practice and service to the Numismatic community.