Dawn Hunter: Aesthetic Instincts

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Exhibition Information
Location: Artspace Gallery – CSN North Las Vegas Campus
Dates: Friday, September 24, 2021 – Saturday, November 20, 2021
Hours: 8am – 10:30pm M-F, 8am – 5pm Sat, Closed Sunday and all National Holidays
Artist Talk: Tuesday, October 19, 6pm, Room H211, Reception to follow in the CSN Artspace Gallery

Dawn Hunter: Aesthetic Instincts: The Intersection of Art and Science in the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Installation View

The College of Southern Nevada, Department of Fine Arts is currently hosting an exhibition featuring the artwork of artist and University of South Carolina Associate Professor of Art, Dawn Hunter. This exhibition showcases drawings highlighting Hunter’s research into Spanish neuroscientist, pathologist, and histologist specializing in neuroanatomy and the central nervous system, Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Dawn Hunter: Aesthetic Instincts: The Intersection of Art and Science in the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal will run through Saturday, November 20, 2021. Dawn Hunter will lead an Artist Talk on Tuesday, Ocrtober 19, 2021, in room H211 on the CSN North Las Vegas Campus. A Reception with light refreshments will follow the Artist Talk in the Artspace Gallery.

Re-creation of Cajal’s first sketchbook from Valencia opened to the pages in which he drew neurons for the first time. Marker and pen on paper, 11″ x 14″, 2017.

Dawn Hunter is an Associate Professor at the School of Visual Art and Design, University of South Carolina, and a former Fulbright España Senior Research Fellow at the Instituto Cajal in Madrid, Spain. Aesthetic Instincts: the Intersection of Art and Science in the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, her new body of work is a suite of biographical drawings and paintings about Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience. Her series is comprised of creative works and formal investigations of Cajal’s scientific drawings housed at the Legado Cajal, Instituto Cajal, Madrid, Spain. She has also drawn directly from Cajal’s scientific illustrations that are currently on display at an exhibition at the John Porter Neuroscience Research Center at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Dawn Hunter: Aesthetic Instincts: The Intersection of Art and Science in the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Installation View

Dawn Hunter pursued her undergraduate studies at the Kansas City Art Institute, Parsons School of Design, and the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art & Music. As a Regents Fellow, she received her MFA from the University of California, Davis where she studied with Robert Arneson, Roy DeForest, and Irit Rogoff. She has participated in numerous solo and multiple artist exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Additionally, she has also received many awards and grants for her artwork, most notably, a Starr Foundation Fellowship, enabling her to be the first American woman to serve as Artist-in-Residence at the Royal Academy of Art, London.

In the drawing above, Dawn Hunter re-creates a mini self-portrait from Cajal’s first sketchbook from Valencia. She juxtaposes those images by recreating Cajal’s neuron drawings and drawings silhouettes of cast shadows from the original mold of Cajal’s death mask. The work is comprised of ink, pen, and gold leaf on paper.

The CSN Artspace Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Artspace Gallery is upstairs above the main entrance lobby on the North Las Vegas campus located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.

Dawn Hunter: Aesthetic Instincts: The Intersection of Art and Science in the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Installation View

Links
Dawn Hunter: Artist Website
Dawn Hunter: Blog
Dawn Hunter: Twitter
Dawn Hunter: Instagram
Dawn Hunter: Facebook

Published by CSN Art Galleries

The mission of the CSN Art Galleries is educational. National and regional exhibitions that represent a broad range of viewpoints are actively sought and promoted. The galleries’ educational mission is realized through the sponsorship of a variety of exhibitions that provide the student population as well as the community at large with opportunities to interact with art and artists. Activities such as lectures and workshops provide forums that allow the audience to gain a greater understanding of the art they view and the motivations behind it. Exhibits are designed to offer exposure to various individual artistic methodologies, materials, media, genre, and techniques. The opportunity to view artworks in a gallery setting creates a forum, which allows the student and public to gain a greater understanding of the art they view and the motivations behind it.

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