University gallery explores the anatomical body

Contemporary interpretations of human anatomy will be on view in McMaster Gallery beginning March 7 running through April 1. “Arte Corporis: Exploring the Anatomical Body” features drawing, painting and ceramics by a group of nationally and internationally renowned women artists.

“Each artist in the exhibition employs her own connection to the study of medicine and anatomy through a wide range of applications and approaches,” says gallery curator Shannon Lindsey. “The variations in the exhibition are a direct reflection on the artist’s sensibility, each using different materials to best express their connection to the study of the human body.”

“Arte Corporis” is free and open to the public, and includes works by painters Dawn Hunter of Columbia and Melissa Gwyn of California, in addition to mixed artist Lisa Temple-Cox of the United Kingdom and ceramist Mallory Wetherell of Nebraska.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The exhibition will showcase “Mammalian Retina #3,” a pen-and-marker drawing by Dawn Hunter, a Carolina professor of art who was inspired to create the new work while researching Santiago Ramon y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience. “I was immediately captivated, inspired and intrigued with Cajal’s artistic drawing, his research and personality,” says Hunter.

Painter, mixed media artist and independent researcher Lisa Temple-Cox will exhibit her Sepia-pen drawing “Hand Dissection Studies,” which is the result of her current interests in the art and symbols found in medical museums.

Viewers of “Arte Corporis” will find similarities to works by some the great masters such as Da Vinci and Michalengelo in this exhibit, explains Lindsey. “The study of anatomy and medicine in the history of visual art is a continuous study of self reflection. Artists throughout history have wanted insight on how and why we function the way we do as human beings.”

UofSC fine arts graduate Mallory Wetherell’s “Encased” is one of the ceramic pieces that will be exhibited. The porcelain sculpture is a three-dimensional interpretation of the heart and lungs and is part of her latest work featuring human anatomy.

“Arte Corporis” coincides with the two-day symposium, “Art, Anatomy and Medicine since 1700” at the Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main St.) on March 31-April 1. Scholarly papers addressing visual, theoretical, cultural, historical and contemporary connections among the visual arts, anatomy/dissection and medicine from the 18th century to today will be presented.

An exhibition reception is at 5:30 p.m., March 31 in McMaster Gallery, 1615 Senate St. Parking is available on Pickens, Senate and Henderson streets.

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