Art meets science at Burrison Gallery

Burrison Gallery “Ganglion" by Greg Dunn

At the Burrison Gallery, located inside the University Club at the Inn at Penn, the artwork of graduate student Greg Dunn couples art with science in an eye-catching exhibit.

“Neurons and Nature,” a collection of work by Dunn, a fourth-year graduate student in neuroscience at Penn Medicine, is on display through Aug. 6. Dunn’s paintings are inspired by his study of neurons - the cells that make up the brain - his admiration of Asian art and his love of nature.

Pictured is a photo of “Ganglion,” his striking blood red, gold and black painting of crab neurons.

“In research, we’re constantly being exposed to elegant images of neurons,” Dunn says. “It was exciting to learn that neuro-scientific themes have such artistic potential, as painting these has given me a great deal of satisfaction through unifying my passion for both art and science.”

A self-taught artist, Dunn majored in molecular biology and ethno-musicology while an undergrad at the University of California, Berkeley. When he began painting three years ago, his subjects were primarily neurons, but he has since branched out into scenes in nature, which he says look more like traditional Asian art.

Other paintings in his exhibit include “Japanese Maple,” “Sycamore” and “Summer Grasses.”

The Burrison Gallery presents seven different exhibits a year and welcomes submissions for consideration for future exhibitions. Penn faculty, staff, alums, graduate students or their family members are eligible for consideration.

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Originally published on July 22, 2010