installation, digital, oil painting and mixed media
Description of Work:
Both an internationally shown artist and also experienced geneticist, Dr. Hunter O'Reilly reinterprets science as art through abstractions, digital art and installations. Dr. O'Reilly created Radioactive Biohazard, an exhibit reinterpreting science as art looking at biotechnology from a positive perspective. In this exhibit Dr. O'Reilly confronts issues related to human cloning, stem cell research and the human genome project, among others.
Dr. Hunter O’Reilly is both an internationally shown artist and an experienced geneticist. She reinterprets science as art through abstractions, digital art and installations. She holds a Ph.D. and Masters degree in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a bachelors of science from the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. O'Reilly teaches both biology and art at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She created a course, Biology Through Art, where students have the opportunity to create artworks in a biology laboratory.
Dr. O’Reilly has been awarded grants from the Puffin Foundation, the University of Michigan Life Sciences, Values and Society Program and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for Radioactive Biohazard, an exhibit reinterpreting science as art looking at biotechnology from a positive perspective. Radioactive Biohazard premiered at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts in 2001 and will be shown at the Warren Robbins Gallery at the University of Michigan in September 2002 and the Porter Butts Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in January/February 2003. Previously, Dr. O’Reilly’s Abstract Faces series of oil paintings showed internationally including New York, San Francisco, England, Italy, Japan and the Czech Republic.
Radioactive Biohazard: Benefits of Biotechnology Art Exhibit
Dr. Hunter O’Reilly, Ph.D. and collaboration with Electric Eye Neon
2003 Porter Butts Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
2002 Warren Robbins Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2001 Walker's Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
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