Courtney Lundgren recently graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL earning a BA in Biology with a minor in art. With a very small art department and shortage of art courses to choose from, Courtney actively sought out to create several independent studies to further prepare herself for her future career as a biomedical illustrator. During her career at Augustana College, Courtney also had the opportunity to intern in the cardiothoracic surgery unit of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center at Houston. Here, she had the opportunity to study and illustrate aortic aneurysms, witness open heart surgeries, and attend the National Marfan Conference being held in Houston. She functioned as a surgical illustrator, with the responsibility of taking on several specific patient cases and creating pre- and post-operative illustrations for both patient and surgeon education. Courtney’s many opportunities and ambition as an undergraduate lead to her being accepted into the University of Illinois at Chicago where she is currently studying Biomedical VIsualization.
If Courtney ever has free time she finds herself playing and learning to tune pianos or learning to speak Italian so she can visit her brother in Trento next year.
“The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle” – Albert Einstein