Bio

Quinn Alexandria Hunter is a sculptor and performance artist from North Carolina who completed her MFA work at Ohio University. She works primarily with hair and the African American female body as material. Quinn is interested in the erasure of history from spaces and how the contemporary uses of space impacts the way we as a culture see the past.

Her work negotiates between the self and the world. Hunter’s practice is contending with the false narratives of a romanticized past and interrupting them by laying a truth next to them. Using hair weave, a material that is culturally, socially, and physically connected to the Black female body to make her objects, she is connecting the Black female labor and pain to a space and time that it is contemporarily being erased.  Through making Hunter remembers them and is re-inscribing their labor back into place in the heart of Appalachia where the underground railroad once ran. Quinn is a recipient of the  I. Hollis Parry/Ann Parry Billman Award (2019), The International Sculpture Center’s 2019 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture (2019) and a headline performer at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Performance Art Festival.

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EDUCATION

MFA 2020 in Sculpture + Expanded Practice-Ohio University, Athens, OH 

 Post Bac, 2017 in Ceramics Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

BFA 2016 (Magna Cum Laude) in New Media and Design -University of North Carolina at Greensboro,  Greensboro, NC

Study Abroad, Florence, Italy - 2014

 

PROFESSIONAL WORK 

Field Work

2020/21 Wayne State University Artist in Residence, August 2020 - May 2021, Detroit, MI 

2020 Chautauqua Visual Arts 2020  Artist in Residence, Chautauqua, NY

2020 Ohio University Summer Programs Coordinator, Athens, OH

2019 Ohio University Summer Programs Coordinator, Athens, OH

2019 Arrowmont Pentaculum Residency, Gatlinburg, TN 

2019 Carrie Mae Weems Master class responding to her “Notes on Grace” with performance.

2018 Ohio University Summer Program, Assistant Coordinator, Athens, OH

2016 New York Arts Practicum, Apprentice, New York City, NY 

Under Michael Mandiberg in the 5 boroughs of NYC. I worked under practicing artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti over the eight week period as her studio assistant. Together we made several prints in her series that were part of her collaboration with Simone Leigh's "The Waiting Room" at The New Museum.

2014 The Light Factory, Education Intern, Charlotte, NC 

2012 McColl Center for Visual Art, Education Intern, Charlotte, NC

2011 McColl Center for Visual Art, Education Intern, Charlotte, NC 

 

Teaching Experience 

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Space, Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 - Instructor of Record

Core studio for visual communication in 3-dimensional media as applied to contemporary art and design practices. 

Intro to Weaving - Spring 2021 - Instructor of Record

Exploring weaving by using simple weave patterns using various threading techniques. Also investigating the interaction between different types of fibers woven together. 

Intermediate  Weaving - Spring 2021 - Instructor of Record

 

Ohio University, Athens, OH 

Function, January 2020 - May 2020 - Instructor of Record

Students investigate modes of creative research and methodologies of art and design to inform and expand their own practice.

Critical Perspectives, August 2019 - December 2019 - Instructor of Record

Emphasizes the historical and theoretical contexts and approaches that inform the production and analysis of visual culture.

Function, January 2019 - May 2019 - Instructor of Record

BFA Practicum, August 2018 - December 2018 - Teaching Assistant

Foundations Area, August 2018 - December 2018 - Teaching Assistant

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 

Figure Building with Andrea Key Connell, Spring 2017 - Teaching Assistant

Intro to Ceramics with Magdolen Dykstra, Summer 2017 - Teaching Assistant

Intro to Ceramics with Shannon Slaight-Brown, Fall 2016 -Teaching Assistant

HONORS & AWARDS

2019 Ohio+5 Biennial Best in Show, Dairy Barn Art Center

2019 Council on Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity Discretionary Fund award, Ohio University, Athens, OH 

2019 Ohio University School of Art + Design Travel Research Award/Portland, OR, Ohio University, Athens, OH 

2019 Ohio University School of Art + Design Travel Research Award/ Pittsburgh, PA, Ohio University, Athens, OH 

2019 International Sculpture Center, Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, Hamilton NJ

2019 Student Enhancement Award Grant from the Council on Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity, Ohio University, Athens OH 

2019 I. Hollis Parry/Ann Billman Fine Arts Award, Athens, OH

2019 Ohio University full Stipend and full tuition waiver  

2019 Athens Voices Best in show, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens OH 

2018 Regular Style exhibition 3rd Place overall, Missoula, MT 

2018 Graduate Student Senate Fall Travel Award, Ohio University, Athens, OH 

2018 Anderson Ranch Partener Scholarship, Snowmass, CO

2018 Graduate Student Senate Original Works Grant Spring, Ohio University, Athen, OH 

2018 Ohio University Full Stipend and Full Tuition Waiver 

2017 Ohio University Full Tuition Waiver​​ 

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), Greensboro, NC

2016 Magna Cum Laude, UNCG, Greensboro, NC 

2016 Corraddi Art and Literary Magazine Spring Winner, Greensboro, NC 

2016 The Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo 1st place, UNCG, Greensboro, NC

2015 Corraddi Art and Literary Magazine Fall Winner, Greensboro, NC

2012/16 Dean's list 7 consecutive semesters, UNCG, Greensboro, NC

2013/16 Chancellor's list 6 consecutive semesters, UNCG, Greensboro, NC


 

PRESENTATION OF WORK 

Performances

Foundations, 2020, We Out Here, DASiN, Granville, OH, Curated by Justin Colman 

Foundations, 2020,  Ohio+5, Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH, Curated by Kevin Harris, Shalya Marsh, Robert Peppers  

Foundations, 2019, Pittsburg Performance Art Festival — Multi-day Multi-venue International Performance Art Festival in Pittsburg, PA 

Wade in the Water, 2019, in collaboration with Carrie Mae Weems “Grace Notes” in the Forum Theatre, Athens, OH

Served, 2018, Weld House, Athens, OH - performance for audience in Weld House on Ohio

 University campus, Athens, OH

Foundations, 2018, District Clay Gallery, Washington, DC

— in conjunction with the opening of “Veiled”, Curated by Kelcy Chase Folsom  ​

Sweeten to Taste, 2018, Seigfreid Gallery and the greater uptown Athens, OH

— in conjunction with “Temporal and corporeal: A broad scope of Performance art”

Failed Performances of Black femininity, 2018, Ridges Asylum, Athens, OH

 — performance for camera in the abandoned Ridges Asylum Complex, Athens, OH  

 

Selected Exhibitions

2021 A Way of Escape, The Carr Center, Detroit, MI

2021 Roots Run Deep, Brewhouse Association, Pittsburgh, PA 

2021 Untitled solo show, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

2021 See You Then, I Hear You Now,, Praxis arts, Cleveland, OH

2020 CVA School of Art Student & Emerging Artist Exhibition, Chautauqua, NY

2020 Respond/React, Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (COVID Postponed)

2020 I See You Then, I Hear You Now, MFA thesis exhibition, Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, OH 

2020 We Out Here, DASiN, Granville, OH, Curated by Justin Colman 

2020 Groundwork, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA, Curated by Blair Clemo (COVID Postponed)

2020 American Artifacts, Richmond, VA, Curated by Bri Murphy and Erik Zohn

2020 Ohio+5, Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH, Curated by Kevin Harris, Shalya Marsh, Robert Peppers

2019 Cross Sections, University of Montana, Missoula, MN

2019 Jewels: An Exhibition of Distinguished Alumni from UNCG School of Art, Gatewood

 Gallery, Greensboro NC, Curated by Amy Purcell

2019 Tenacity [Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture], Portland OR, 

Littman + White Gallery, Juried by Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Alison Wong, and Melanie VanHouten

2019 Dinners Ready, Gallery Bang Bang, Nashville, TN Curated by Pam Marlene Taylor

2019 Dangerously Close to weaving, The Rymer Gallery, Nashville, TN Curated by Pam

  Marlene Taylor

2019 Athens Voices, The Dairy Barn, Athens, OH Juried by Brian T. Alloway, Karla 

Hackenmiller, and Joseph Norman

2018 Regular style, University of Montana, Missoula, MN

2018 ​ Veiled,  District Clay Gallery, Washington, DC curated by Kelsey Chase Folsom 

2018 ii,  Seigfred Gallery, Athens, OH

2018  Connected, Blend Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI  Curated by E.J. Cobb 

2018  Temporal and Corporeal; A Broad Scope of Performance Art,  Athens, OH Curated by

  Jennie Klein and Courtney Kessel

2018  Overture,  Trisolini Gallery, Athens, OH

2017  Hope, Acknowledgement, and Recovery, The FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA

2016 GreenHill Winter Show, The GreenHill, Greensboro, NC Curated by Edie Carpenter

2016  Excerpt from the New South, Hawthorn Gallery, Richmond, VA

2016   A Small Collection,  The Collegiate School, Richmond, VA

2016  Toast, The Depot, Richmond, VA

2016   Senior Show, Gatewood Gallery, Greensboro, NC

2015  [RE]Generative New Media Festival,  Elon University, Elon, NC

2014  North, South, East, West, What Grew Us, Todd Art Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN

 

Presentations of Work

2021 Visiting Artist Lecture at Denison University, Granville, OH (Upcoming)

2021 TEDx Ohio University: Thriving in rural communities (Upcoming)

2019 29th International Sculpture Conference: The Multifaceted Maker, Portland, OR

 

PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

2020 Quinn Hunter Joins Wayne as Artist-in-Residence link

2020 OU Graduate Quinn Hunter One of Only 38 Worldwide Selected For 2020 Chautauqua Visual Arts Residency Program link

2020 Socially-distanced MFA student art galleries link 

2020 2020 CVA School of Art Students and Emerging Artist Exhibition link 

2020 Recent OHIO graduate Hunter participates in virtual Chautauqua residency program  Link

2019 Sculpture Magazine, “Outstanding student achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award”  September/ October 2019

2019 Pittsburg Performance Art Festival From Art Installation To Dance, The 5th Annual Pittsburgh Performance Art Festival Offers Up Global Experiences August 2019

2019 Pittsburg Performance Art Festival “Performance-Art Festival Returns, Relocates To Millvale” August 2019

2019 Dangerously Close to Weaving Is a Proud Celebration of Textile Art Nashville Scene, June 20 

2019 Athens Messenger, January 2019 

2016 Carolinian Artist of the Week, February 

2016 Coraddi Art and Literary Magazine, Spring

2015 Coraddi Art and Literary Magazine, Fall 

2015 Coraddi Art and Literary Magazine, Spring

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