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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Sculptor
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Okra
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Many hands make light work.

Birthplace

Born:
9/12/1935
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Sculptor
Painter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Okra
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Many hands make light work.

Birthplace

Born:
9/12/1935
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Sculptor Richard Hunt was born September 12, 1935, on Chicago's historic South Side. From his mother, Hunt developed an appreciation of the arts, while he developed a business acumen and interest in politics working at his father's barbershop. At an early age, Hunt gravitated towards drawing, painting and the medium through which he was to transform his own life and the art world -- sculpture. Hunt continued his artistic development at the Junior School of The Art Institute. Hunt attended the University of Illinois, Chicago, and later received a B.A.E. in 1957 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Inspired by the modern sculptures of 20th century artists, Richard Hunt began to experiment with new techniques, including welding pieces of metal into abstract shapes. Hunt's impact on the art world was immediate. Hunt exhibited at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, the youngest artist to do so, and sold a piece to the Museum of Modern Art that was chosen for the American Show.
Hunt continued to experimented with a wide-range of sculptural techniques. With his rich body of work, Hunt has explored many historical and contemporary themes and his creations reveal the artist's profound insight into social and political issues. Hunt's ability to transform and fuse raw material with space has earned him the acclaim and respect of many.

Hunt has completed more public sculptures than any other artist in the United States. His signature pieces include Jacob's Ladder at the Carter G. Woodson Library in Chicago, and Flintlock Fantasy in Detroit, Michigan. Hunt served on the governing board of the National Endowment for the Arts and he also served on boards of the Smithsonian. Hunt is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Richard Hunt interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Richard Hunt's favorite things
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Richard Hunt describes his mother's background and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Richard Hunt describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Richard Hunt briefly describes his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Richard Hunt briefly describes his sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Richard Hunt talks about moving from Chicago to rural Illinois as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Richard Hunt briefly describes his father's barbershop
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Richard Hunt talks about his childhood interest in art classes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Richard Hunt discusses further his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Richard Hunt talks about how his parents influenced him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Richard Hunt describes his first formal art classes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Richard Hunt details what he learned in his art classes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Richard Hunt talks about why sculpting appeals to him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Richard Hunt talks about being an art major in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Richard Hunt talks about choosing to go to college for art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Richard Hunt talks about advancing as an artist in college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Richard Hunt talks about being an African American artist in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Richard Hunt discusses which artists inspired him to sculpt with metal
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Richard Hunt talks about exhibiting his work in a Chicago art show at a young age
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Richard Hunt explains American artists' roles in Modernist art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Richard Hunt discusses the merits of applying formal art training to a career in abstract art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Richard Hunt discusses his early metal sculptures
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Richard Hunt discusses how Julio Gonzalez influenced his own art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Richard Hunt talks about the success of his early metalworks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Richard Hunt briefly discusses getting drafted after graduating from college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Richard Hunt talks about his first solo exhibition in New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Richard Hunt talks about producing artwork while in the Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Richard Hunt briefly discusses teaching art classes after his military service
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Richard Hunt talks about his choice of subject matter as an African American artist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Richard Hunt talks about his teaching experiences at different universities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Richard Hunt talks about the art galleries that supported his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Richard Hunt briefly discusses his parents' involvement in his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Richard Hunt talks about other influences on his artwork
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Richard Hunt discusses his public "heritage pieces"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Richard Hunt talks about the artistic process of his public sculpture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Richard Hunt talks about the average time frame of his projects
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Richard Hunt talks about retrospective showings of his work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Richard Hunt discusses his work in relation to the Civil Rights and Black Nationalist movements
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Richard Hunt talks about prominent themes in his work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Richard Hunt talks about another favorite work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Richard Hunt continues to discuss one of his favorite works
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Richard Hunt talks about his current and ongoing projects [2001]
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Richard Hunt discusses an ongoing project in Benton Harbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Richard Hunt reflects on his success as an artist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Richard Hunt details how the art world has changed over the past fifty years
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Richard Hunt talks about owning his own studio space
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Richard Hunt talks about the direction and acceptance of African American art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Richard Hunt discusses his legacy