Allison Hunter

  • Parakeets , 2009 , 20" x 50" , Digital c-print

    Artwork

CV:

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

2009
"Allison Hunter," Artspace, Raleigh, NC.

2008
"Allison Hunter: Slower Still," Women & Their Work, Austin, TX.

2007
"Allison Hunter: New Animals," Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX.
"Allison Hunter: New Animals," MKG Art Management, Houston, TX.

2006
“Allison Hunter: Simply Stunning,” 511 Gallery, 529 W. 20th St., NY.
“Allison Hunter,” Kinzelman Art Consulting in conjunction with FotoFest 2006, Houston, TX.


2004
"Allison Hunter: New Work," 511 Gallery, New York, NY.

2002
“ALLISON HUNTER: ‘Port of Albany’ Series,” University of Massachusetts at North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
“SIGNMAKERS: Latvia,” The Open-Air Art Museum at Pedvale, Pedvale, Latvia.

1999
“SIGNMAKERS: Lithuania,” Europos Parkas: Europos Centro Muziejus (Museum of the Center of Europe), Vilnius, Lithuania.

Selected Group Exhibitions


2009
“Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2009,” Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX, juried by     Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
“Currents in Contemporary Photography,”  Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC.
"Fellowship 2008," Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA.


2008
“Allison Hunter, Cindy Hurt, and Michelle Murillo,” The Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington, TX.
“Stretching the Truth,” John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI. Curated by Jennifer Jankauskas.
“Subject to Change,” in conjunction with FotoFest 2008, Naühaus Gallery, Houston, TX.

2007
“Harvest Moon Rising: Donna Durbin and Allison Hunter,” Space 125 Gallery, Houston, TX.
"The Big Show," Lawndale Art Center, Houston, juried by Rita Gonzalez, Assistant Curator, Special Exhibitions, LACMA.
"Cold Cuts," Rudolph Projects/Artscan Gallery, Houston.
"Photography Now 2007," Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, juried by Alison D. Nordström, Curator of Photographs, George Eastman House.
"New American Talent," Arthouse, Austin, TX, juried by Anne Ellegood, Associate Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

“Expo 2007,” 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX, juried by Francis Colpitt, corresponding editor to Art in America.
“Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2007,” Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX, juried by Carter Foster, curator of drawings, The Whitney Museum.

2006
“TPS 15: The National Competition,” Texas Photographic Society, travels to the Dougherty Art Center, Austin, TX; the Contemporary Arts Center, Abilene, TX, (Dec. 06 and Jan. 07) and Options Gallery, Odessa, TX (2007).
“The Big Show,” Lawndale Art Center, Houston, juried by Dominic Molon, Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
“Positive/Negative,” Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.

2005
”Extreme: International Photography and Video Art,” Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany, juried by Ute Noll.
”The Material Image: Surface and Substance in Photography,” Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY.


2004
“Industrial/Landscape,” The Arts Center Gallery, Saratoga County Arts Council, Saratoga Springs, NY.
“Hudson Mohawk Invitational Exhibition,” Albany Center Galleries, Albany, NY.

2003
“Small Works Invitational Exhibition,” SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY.
“Kingston Sculpture Biennial 5,” ASK (Art Society of Kingston), Kingston, NY.
“Pirkkala Sculpture Symposium,” Pirkkala Sculpture Park, Pirkkala, Finland.
“Noah’s Ark: Animals Among Us,” Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY.
“Juried Membership Exhibition,” Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX.
“Photography Now 2003,” Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY.
“Spring Invitational Exhibition,” SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY.
“Americana,” School of Visual Arts Westside Gallery, New York, NY.
“Stop and Go,” City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ.

2002
“Eighth International Exhibition of Women’s Art,” SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY.
“2002 Exhibition of the Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region,” Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY.

1999
“Gathering Information: Photography and the Media,” Photographic Resource Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
“Twenty-First Annual Photography Regional,” Rensselaer County, Center for the Arts, Troy, NY.
“Twenty-five Years of Photography,” CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
“Twenty-seventh Annual Photography Exhibit,” Larson Gallery, Yakima, Washington.

1998
Lední slavnost (Ice art), Centrum pro Metamedia (Center for Metamedia), Hermit Foundation, Czech Republic.
“NewArt '98,” Kingston Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
“Twentieth Annual Photography Regional,” Albany Center Galleries, Albany, NY.
“Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show,” Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“Photography, Drawing, and Print Show,” Artworks Gallery, Hartford, Connecticut.

1997
“1997 Exhibition of the Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region,” University Art Museum, Albany, NY.

Online Art Projects

2002
”Primary Sounds,” www.electronicbookreview.com, Music Sound Noise, issue 11.
2001
“Thirteen for Mark Amerika,“ Korea Web Art Festival.

Selected International Video Screenings

2008
Extremely Shorts 11, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, juried by Ed Halter, film critic of The Village Voice.

2000
BOOK/ENDS Conference, Albany Center Galleries, NY.
Axelgrease, (television broadcast), Squeaky Wheel Media Art Cable Broadcast, Buffalo, NY.

1999
HOMEGROWN: Project 1, EMMEDIA, Gallery & Production Society, Calgary, Canada.
BEFF2, The Second Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand (catalogue).
Alternative Cinema, Hamilton College, Department of Art and Art History, NY.

1998
Lední slavnost (Ice art), Centrum pro Metamedia (Center for Metamedia), Hermit Foundation, Czech Republic.
Kick the Machine, Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand.

1997
Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada.
Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada.
Electronic Arts Performance Series, R. P. I., Troy, New York.

1996
New York Experimental Film Festival, New York, NY.
Upstate Media Festival, Syracuse, New York.
Taos Talking Pictures, Taos, New Mexico.
Capital Region Film Festival, Albany, New York.


Residencies, Awards, Professional Service

2007
Award: Honorable Mention, "Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2007," juried by Carter Foster, Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of Art.
Artist Mentor: College Art Association Annual Conference, NY.

2006
Award: Individual Artist Grant, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, TX.
Reviewer, “2006 Meeting Place,” FotoFest 2006, Houston, TX
Member, ArtTable, Houston, TX.
Judge, International Color Photography Awards, www.thecolorawards.com.

2005
Reviewer, Portfolio Critique, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX., Feb.
Invited artist and conference panel moderator, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Chicago IL, Nov.

2004
Juror, 8th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, The Arts Alliance Center At Clear Lake, TX

2003
Award: Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts.
Panel Member: “Arts Grants for Individuals,” New York Foundation for the Arts.
Award: Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts.
Residency: Pirkkala Sculpture Symposium, Pirkkala, Finland.
Committee Member: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY.

2002
Committee Member: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY.
Residency: AiR (Artists in Residence), The Swedish Polytechnic, Nykarleby, Finland.
Guest Artist: Master Class, Baltic Photoschool, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Award: Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts.
Award: University Art Museum Purchase Award, University at Albany, NY.
Award: Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts.

2001
Residency: The Open-Air Art Museum at Pedvale, Pedvale, Latvia.
Award: Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts.

2000
Guest Artist: Alternative Cinema, Hamilton College, Department of Art and Art History, Clinton, NY.

1999
Award: Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts.
Residency: Europos Parkas: Europos Centro Muziejus (Open Air Museum of the Center of Europe), Vilnius, Lithuania.
Award: Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts.

1998
Residency: Center for Metamedia, Plasy, Czech Republic.
Award: Ellen Traut Collection, Artworks Gallery, Hartford, Connecticut.
Award: Graduate Fellowship, Department of Humanistic Studies, University at Albany, Albany, NY.
Committee Member: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY.

1997
Residency: Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Award: Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts.
Committee Member: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY.

1996
Award: Best Director, Capital Region Film Festival, Albany, NY.

Collections
US
Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY.
Center for Photography Woodstock, Woodstock, NY.
University Art Museum, University at Albany, Albany, NY.
Europe
Pirkkala Sculpture Park, Pirkkala, Finland.
Europos Parkas (Museum of the Center of Europe), Vilnius, Latvia.
Open-Air Art Museum, Pedvale, Latvia.

Numerous private collections in the US and Europe.

Reviews/Citations, Catalogs/Publications (for details, see Press)

2007
Murray, Kathleen Wereszynski. “Exhibit Illuminates Fresh Ideas,” Poughkeepsie Journal, June 7.
Britt, Douglas. “My Work: Art”, Zest, Houston Chronicle, April 1, 15.
Garza, Evan.
“For Art's Sake,” 002 Magazine, September, 22.
Gunter, Wesley. “The Loop Art: Animal Instincts,” HOUSTON, March, 78.
Hirsch, Robert. Light & Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Focal Press, expected Fall ‘07.
Klaasmeyer, Kelly and Troy Schulze. “Allison Hunter: New Animals,” Artbeat, Houston Press, April 12-18, vol 19, no. 15, 47.
“Allison Hunter: Simply Stunning/511 Gallery, New York,” www.Vernissage.tv: The Window to the Art World, Jan. 12.
2006
Adamczyk, Stefanie, Fokus Auf Allison Hunter (Focus on Allison Hunter), Frankfurter Rundschau, Nov. 11, 8.
“News/Notes,” Art on Paper, July/August, 14.
Johnson, Patricia. “Hellos and goodbyes in Texas art community,” Zest, Houston Chronicle, Oct. 1, 11.
Uddin, Lisa, “Cary Wolfe, ‘Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory,’ ” Parallax, vol. no 38, 146-147.
Catalog: Fotofest 2006, Kinzelman Art Consulting, 81.
2005
Maloney, Tim. “The Gallery: A Developing Story,” 002 magazine, 22.
2004
Brickman, David. “Judging the Juried,” Metroland, Jan. 22-28, 23.
2003
Kingston Sculpture Biennial 5, Sculpture, October, 21.
Brickman, David. “Focus on Diversity,“ Metroland, May 8-14, 35.
Cahill, Timothy. “A too-narrow regional falls short of its mission,” Times Union, July 13, D1, D14.
Catalog: Pirkkala Sculpture ’03, 18-19.
Catalog: Kingston Sculpture Biennial 2003, p 42.
Catalog: 2003 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region, University Art Museum, University at Albany (SUNY), 12-13.
2002
“Local Web designer displays art in Latvia, Baltic region,” The Business Review, vol. 29, No. 37, Dec. 20-26, 38.
Bjornland, Karen. "67 Artists Featured in Regional Show at Albany Institute," Daily Gazette, June 29, C6.
Cahill, Timothy. "Regional Rewards," Times Union, June 22, 2002, D1, D4.
Catalog: 2002 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk/Hudson Region, Albany Institute of History & Art, 24-25.
2000
Wolfe, Cary. "Allison Hunter's ‘Signmakers,’" electronic book review (ebr), vol. no. 11, 2000.
1999
Valentaite, Milda. "Vienas Vakaras Skulpturu Parke" (One evening in the sculpture park), 7 Meno Dieuol (Seven art days), September 9, 1999.
Catalog: BEFF2 (2nd Bangkok Experimental Film Festival), Bangkok, Thailand, 160-161.
Morgenbroth, Lynda. "Zooming in on Photography," Boston Globe, November, 1999.
1998
"Creative Mix from Cambridge," Boston Globe, April 22, 1998.
1996
Publication: Best of College Photography, Photographer’s Forum, 1996, 42.
1991
"Bookmakers: Allison Hunter," PHOTO (French edition), June, 1991, 65.

March 2005–Oct. 2006
Executive Director
Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX


Oct. 2004–Feb. 2005
Artistic Director
De Santos Gallery, Houston, TX


Curatorial Assistant
2001–02
Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Editor
Oct. 2003–Oct. 2006
Editor, SPOT magazine, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX.


Freelance Author
2000-Present
Authored articles
2004
"Giuseppe Penone: The Poetry of Art and Nature," Sculpture, December, 2004, 28-33.
"Pirkkala Sculpture Park," Sculpture, May, 2004, 20-21.
“Perspectives 141: Aaron Parazette," GlassTire, April 21, 2004.
"The House as Art," Cite: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston, Vol. 60, Spring, 2004, 35.
"Matthew Ritchie: Proposition Player," GlassTire, Jan. 27, 2004.
2002
"The Open-Air Art Museum at Pedvale," Sculpture, July/August, 2002, 20-21.
2001
"Stuttering Screams and Beastly Poetry," ebr 12, www.altx.com/ebr/ebr12/hunt.htm
"Weaving the Web," HOW, December, 166-71.
2000
"Unfolding Laramée," ebr 11, http://www.altx.com/ebr/ebr11/laramee.htm.

EDUCATION
1998-99 Doctorate of Art Candidate, Department of Humanistic Studies, University at Albany.
1997 Master of Fine Art in Electronic Art, Department of Art, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
1990 Diplôme (MFA equivalent) Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne, Switzerland.
1989 Certificat (BFA equivalent) Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne, Switzerland.
1986-87 Undergraduate Studies (MICA) Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.

Biography:

Allison Hunter is a visual artist who over the past twenty years has worked in photography, video, drawing, sculpture, and installation. Hunter earned her first MFA at the Cantonal Art School of Lausanne, Switzerland (1990, Drawing/Photography), and her second MFA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York (1997, Video). Hunter participated in video and sculpture art residencies at institutions such as the Banff Centre for the Arts in Calgary, Canada and the Hermit Center for Metamedia in Plasy, Czech Republic. Hunter’s installation project, titled SIGNMAKERS (1998-2003),was commissioned by three European sculpture centers in Lithuania, Latvia, and Finland, and by the 2003 Kingston Sculpture Biennial in New York. Hunter’s photographs are collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the University Art Museum at SUNY, the Albany Institute of History and Art, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, including at the Kohler Center (Wisconsin), Project 304 (Bangkok), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt) and in solo exhibitions at Women & Their Work (Austin), Artspace (North Carolina), and DiverseWorks (Houston), 2010. Hunter is the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the University of Houston, co-sponsored by the Mitchell Center and the Texas Learning and Computation Center, Fall, 2010. During her residency, she will experiment with stereoscopic 3-D video for her latest installation project, Pollinators. Hunter lives in Houston, Texas.

Statement:

I am interested in making people think about how they perceive and respond to elements of the world around them that are often marginalized or overlooked. I approach this problem in my art work by taking things out of context to show their beauty, grace, and uniqueness. My effort is not to add but to remove elements from the original image to allow the viewer to focus more intently on the process of displacement and reinterpretation. For example, when I photograph living creatures in zoo environments, I frame the scene with the camera and later edit out background information in order to create a sense of mystery that evokes questions from the viewer. My interest in non-human animals stems in part from my background in feminist art and feminist theory, where I first understood how sexism is linked to speciesism. I approach my animals and their re-location in virtual environments as a way to exercise a desire for a better world, one where humans treat all living beings with equal care.