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Hunter Cole, formerly Hunter O'Reilly, is the both an internationally shown artist and also experienced geneticist. Her name changed in January 2009. She reinterprets science as art through abstractions, digital art and installations. She holds a Ph.D. and Master's degree in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Cole teaches biology and art at Loyola University Chicago. She created a course, Biology Through Art, where students have the opportunity to create innovative artworks in a biology laboratory.


Dr. Cole lecturing in the Biology Through Art class


With her extensive laboratory experience, Dr. Cole brings a unique and challenging perspective to the world of biotechnology via her art. When other scientists just see cells, she sees faces and living entities. Dr. Cole sees a person not only as a whole but also as a composite of their DNA and cells.


"DNA Is Everywhere: DNA Fingerprinting I," oil on canvas
(75 x 50 in.) ©1999 Hunter Cole, Ph.D.

Dr. Cole has been awarded grants from the Puffin Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Fisher Scientific for the creation of Radioactive Biohazard, an exhibit reinterpreting science as art looking at biotechnology from a positive perspective. Radioactive Biohazard was shown at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts in 2001, at the Warren Robbins Gallery at the University of Michigan in September 2002 and the Porter Butts Galley at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. Her exhibit Genetic Revelations showed at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2004. Most recently her drawings created with bioluminescent bacteria, the exhibit Living Drawings, was shown at Honors College at Oakland University in 2005 and the Loyola Univeristy Museum of Art in 2006.

   

"Blue Self Portrait,"
digital print, neon and plexiglass
(40 x 30 x 6 1/4 in.) © 2001 Hunter Cole, Ph.D.

Photo Credit: Brian Bednarek

Dr. Cole lecturing in front of her laboratory
installation in the Radioactive Biohazard exhibit
Photo Credit: Brian Bednarek

Previously, Dr. Cole’s Abstract Faces series of oil paintings showed internationally including New York, San Francisco, England, Italy, Japan and the Czech Republic.



"Human Dog Spine," dog spine, neon and plexiglass
(29 x 17 x 14 1/2 in.) ©2001 Hunter Cole, Ph.D.

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