recent studio work about Ramón y Cajal.
Visit dawnhunterart.blogspot to see the
Creative Biography:
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The production and distribution of Spectacle Spectacular has been supported by a University of South Carolina Research and
Productive Scholarship Grant, a Josephine Abney Research Fellowship, special funding from the University of South Carolina
Research Foundation, a Puffin Foundation Ltd. Grant, Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties Quarterly Grant, and a
University of South Carolina Research Opportunity Program Grant Category III.  Hunter began this series through the award of a
summer residency at The Cooper Union, New York, NY.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Art in the School of Visual Art and
Design at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
Biography
Dawn Hunter, specifically in her Spectacle Spectacular series, creates
biographical testimonies within her artwork. In the process of creating
images that are highly personal to her, she mines popular culture by
re-contextualizing and integrating pre-existing figures and forms into her
visual language.  She analyzes her reactions to symbolic propaganda
within contemporary fashion photography: female stereotypes are
constructed as balanced compositions of archetypes and prototypes, thus
creating a compelling connection between that which resonates with our
cultural identity and that which advertisers encourage us to pursue.  She
intends for her artwork to extend beyond aesthetics and to function as
educational tools that explore and expose consumer underpinnings that
are psychodynamic and iconic within fashion editorials.  She feels this
encourages divergent thinking and reveals to the viewership the unequal
fluency of visual and symbolic languages that exists between the
producers of and the consumers of mass-produced popular culture images.
James Hillman and Margo McLean discussing Hunter's work,
Cooper Union, New York, NY.
A Dream in August from the Personified Doubles and Complementary Opposites portfolio.  This image is a thumbnail, click on it to view it in greater detail.
Her critically acclaimed painting Art Department from this series was featured in the Day Job exhibition held at the Drawing Center, New
York, NY, and most recently Art Department was featured as one of the works in the International Urban Art and Media Organization
festival held in Munich, Germany, The Delaware Contemporary Art Center, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center as part of the Onward:  
Kansas City Art Institute Foundation 50th Anniversary exhibition, and on the cover of literary journal
Crazyhorse, #86, published by
College of Charleston.
Left:  Cajal exhibition at the National Institute of
Health, Bethesda, MD, featuring select biographical
artworks about Cajal by Dawn Hunter.
Other Artistic Series:
recent studio work about Ramón y Cajal.
Visit dawnhunterart.blogspot to see the
Creative Biography:
All of the images on this page are thumbnails, please click on the thumbnails of each work below to view a larger, full screen image.
A selection of seven works from Hunter's series about Cajal are currently on display along side the exhibition of Cajal's scientific
drawings at the NIH.  Additionally, during October 2015, Hunter participated in the first annual international conference honoring
Cajal organized by NINDS senior investigator, Dr. Jeffrey Diamond and facilitated through the collaboration of the Instituto Cajal, the
Spanish Embassy and the NIH.  The conference was held at the NIH.  During May 2017, Hunter was also invited to participate in the
second annual collaborative conference of the National Institute of Health and Instituto Cajal held in Madrid.

The production of this new body of work about Cajal is supported by funding from a Creative and Performing Arts Grant from
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, the College of Arts and Sciences, Columbia, SC, and the Fulbright Foundation,
Washington, D.C.  Dawn Hunter received the Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to Spain for the 2017-18 academic year.

For more examples of artwork visit:
dawnhunterart.blogspot.com, .
Above:  Dawn Hunter, May Day:  Cajal in Spring, acrylic on Yupo paper, 26" x 40,"  2014.  Details to the right.  This artwork is currently on view at the John Porter Neuroscience Research Center, National
Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD.
Dawn Hunter's study of Cajal's scientific Pyramidal Neuron Drawing, (back), ink,
marker and pen on paper, 2017
Dawn Hunter's study of Cajal's scientific Pyramidal Neuron Drawing, (front), ink,
marker and pen on paper, 2017
Left:  Dawn Hunter's title page from her presentation
at the NIH on October 28, 2015, featuring an image
designed by Hunter contextualizing Cajal and his
neurons in a surreal narrative with Don Quixote de la
Mancha, Goya and Picasso.
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Above, drawing by Dawn Hunter, Cajal before and Cajal after Cuba, ink and pen on paper, 2018.
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.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Art in the School of Visual Art and Design at the
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, and has been awarded the 2017-18 Fulbright España Senior
Research Fellowship to the Instituto Cajal, Madrid.
Dawn Hunter, fall 2015.
Dawn Hunter's new body of work is a suite of biographical
drawings about Santiago Ramón y Cajal
, the father of
modern neuroscience.
 Her series titled, Aesthetic Instincts:
the Intersection of Art and Science in the life of Santiago
Ramón y Cajal,
is comprised of creative works and formal
investigations of Cajal's scientific drawings that are currently
on display at the John Porter Neuroscience Research Center
at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD.
During the Bridging the Legacy of Cajal symposium held at the NIH, Hunter presented:  Bequeathed Aesthetics:
the origins of Santiago Ramón y Cajal's artistic perceptions
.  In the presentation she traced the aesthetic origins
of Cajal's scientific drawings.  Hunter examined his childhood experiences and his deep connection as a youth to
the novel Don Quixote, and how that novel was seminal in its imagery, romanticism, individuality and philosophy to
Cajal's discovery and perception of the neuron as an individual unit.  Through a comparison of Cajal's early
landscape drawings to the work of Goya's sensibility, she then further connected Cajal's artistic and specific
perceptual influence to the great master - an artist who was from the same region of Spain as Cajal, Aragon.  
Above, drawing by Dawn Hunter, Cabreiroá, Researchers, Cajal and Boots, ink and pen on paper, 2018.