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William Hunter

b. 1947, Long Beach, California

Selected Collections

Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, AZ

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

 

Selected Exhibitions

2012 Masters of Contemporary Wood Art - A Secondary Market Exhibition, del Mano - A Gallery of Fine Contemporary Craft, LLC,

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1999-2011 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

2010 A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Outside the Box: The Art of Wood, Holter Museum, Helena, MT
Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009-10 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition WEST, Santa Fe, NM

2009 William Hunter: Past to Present, SOFA, Chicago, IL

Los Angeles Art Show, represented by del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999-09 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, New York, NY

2008 Spheres of Transformation, Solo Exhibition presented by del Mano Gallery at SOFA, Chicago, IL

Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Scottsdale, NM
Far From The Tree,
Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME
AAW Gallery of Wood Art, St. Paul, MN

2007-08 Shy Boy, She Devil and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft, Selections from the Wornick Collection,

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2007 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Transforming Vision: The Wood Sculpture of William Hunter, 1970-2005, Touring

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Our Turn Now: Artists Speak Out in Wood, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

2004-06 Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, Touring

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

2002-06 Turned Wood - Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005 Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Philadelphia, PA

2004 Masters of Their Craft, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach CA

Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2003 The Inspired Vessel, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA

Into the Woods, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
William Hunter: Rhythms & Transformation, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Santa Fe, NM
Surface + Form, Craftwest Gallery, Perth, Australia
Collectors' Choice, Collectors of Wood Art Forum, SOFA, Chicago, IL

2002-03 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001-03 Challenge VI- Roots: Insights & Inspirations in Contemporary Turned Objects, Touring

Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Washington State University Museum of Art, Pullman, WA
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
The Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR

2001-02 Wood Turning in North America since 1930, Touring

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2001-02 Nature Takes a Turn, International Juried Exhibition,

Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN
University of California, Davis, CA
University of New York, Purchase, NY
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2000-02 Defining Craft I: Collecting for the New Millennium,

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY
Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, IA

2001 Against the Grain: Turned and Sculpted Wood, International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen, TX

William Hunter: Motion & Metaphor, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2000 Living with Form: The Horn Collection of Contemporary Crafts, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

The Fine Art of Wood: the Bohlen Collection, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI Turning Wood into Art: The Jane and Arthur Mason Collection, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

1997-98 Expressions In Wood: Masterworks from the Wornick Collection, Touring

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen, TX

 

Selected Publications

2011 The Cutting Edge: Contemporary Wood Art and the Lipton Collection, Wallace, Kevin, Fine Arts Press.

Conversations with Wood: The Collection of Ruth and David Waterbury, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN.
Woodturning Today: A Dramatic Evolution, American Association of Woodturners, Fox Chapel Publishing, Inc. East Petersburg, PA.

2010 A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection. Nicholas Bell, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum,

Washington, D.C.

2009 Masters: Woodturning: Major Works by Leading Artists. Lark Books, Sterling Publications, New York, NY.

2007 Shy Boy, She Devil and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft, Selections from The Wornick Collection.

Kangas, Matthew; Muniz, Julie & Ward, Gerald. MFA Publications, Boston, MA.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Handbook of the Collection. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN.

2006 Transforming Vision: The Wood Sculpture of William Hunter 1970-2005. Wallace, Kevin.

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA.

2004 Nature Transformed: Wood Art from The Bohlen Collection. Ulmer, Sean. Hudson Hills Press, Manchester,VT.

Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions. Wallace, Kevin. Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

2003 Wood Art Today: Furniture, Vessels, Sculpture. Meilach, Dona. Schiffer Publications, Westchester, PA.

Shifting Foundations, Craftwest. Perth, Western Australia.
Sacred Vessels. National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, New York, NY.

2002 Craft Arts International. Issue 55. “Force of Nature.” Adamson, Glenn. Pp 40-44.

2001 Wood Turning in North America Since 1930. Wood Turning Center and Yale University Art Gallery. Yale University Art Gallery,

New Haven, CT.

Challenge VI- Roots: Insights & Inspirations In Contemporary Turned Objects. Holzapfel, Michelle; Rice, Robin & Tyler,
Christopher. Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA.

2000 Defining Craft I: Collecting for the New Millennium. American Craft Museum, New York, NY.

Turning Wood into Art: The Jane and Arthur Mason Collection. Ramljak, Suzanne and Monroe, Michael.
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY.
Living With Form: The Horn Collection of Contemporary Crafts. Arkansas Arts Center. Bradley Publishing, Little Rock, AR.
The Fine Art of Wood: The Bohlen Collection. Fike, Bonita. Abbeville Press, New York, NY.

1999 Contemporary Turned Wood: New Perspectives in a Rich Tradition. Leier, Ray; Peters, Jan & Wallace, Kevin.

Hand Books Press, Madison, WI.

1996 Expressions In Wood: Masterworks from The Wornick Collection. Cooke, Edward; Kangas, Matthew & Perreault, John.

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA.

Selected Awards & Professional Associations

2013 Makers Award, Renwick Alliance, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, DC

2010 Aileen Osborn Webb Award, College of Fellows, The American Craft Council

2006 Lifetime Achievement Award, Collectors of Wood Art

1989 Founding Director, The Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA

1986 Founding Director, American Association of Woodturners

 

Artist’s Statement

As an artist, I have been fascinated  (obsessed) with how objects communicate to us outside of language, through what I’ve come to call their silent voices. From the beginning of time, from lowly utensils through ritual objects, these voices still speak to us, eliciting associative memories and emotions. This is the heart of my work.  I live to create sculptural objects, which speak intuitively of the energy one feels in the realms of nature and spirit, objects exerting the seductive power of desire.

Each new series developed additional voices; more ways to unleash myself along with the timbers vital energy to bring a transformation of raw material to poetic form.

Three main passages especially expanded my sculptural vocabulary.  Sculpting deeply into the pure form gives it life through illusory motion, drawing the viewer along and adding new voices. Opening the vessel walls put the interplay of form & void into a now more complex dialogue. Deconstruction, which eliminated actual containment, created dramatic new relationships of abstract form and space.  

At their best, the success of each of my sculptures rests in its ability to send your imagination into a new place, free to explore, contemplate and resonate with it.  When my hands and soul as a maker comes through in my work, the silent voices speak.

 

About The Artist

William Hunter is one of the few American artists working today who entered the field of contemporary wood sculpture in its formative stages in the early 1970s. As fellow artists, historians and critics alike have observed, his early forms in wood exploited the material’s rich expressive potential and advanced a new direction for the entire field of contemporary wood sculpture. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Hunter led the field as the medium evolved from its foundations in traditional woodturning practices to its emergence as a vehicle for artistic invention and formal experimentation. Today he is considered among the foremost figures in this important field and has been selected to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collectors of Wood Art, a national organization of artists, collectors, scholars and critics, in November of 2006.

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