Artist 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.

Above: Dawn Hunter holding Santiago Ramón y Cajal's Nobel Prize at the Instituto Cajal, Madrid, Spain. Photo: Ricardo Martínez Murillo.

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 Arts, 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 she received the 2017-2018 Fulbright España Senior Research Fellowship to the Instituto Cajal, Madrid.