Julia Buntaine Hoel is a conceptual artist and founding Executive Director of SciArt Initiative. Julia attained her double BA in neuroscience and sculpture from Hampshire College, her post-baccalaureate certificate in Studio Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows in New York City, Washington D.C., Amherst, Baltimore, Seattle, Madison, Princeton, London, Toronto, Knokke, Sofia, and others. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of New York University and Johns Hopkins University, and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Smithsonian Magazine, and Hyperallergic, among others. She also teaches, consults, curates, and frequently writes about art, and currently holds positions at Pratt Institute, Montserrat College of Art, and Merrimack College.