S. Hunter has been making Art since he was a little boy growing
up in New Jersey. His first installation piece was a wall of dinosaur
drawings he put up in his bedroom at the age of 7 years old. His
interest in Art continued through adolescence resulting in a Bachelor
of Science degree from James Madison University with a major in
Art. He continued his study of Art earning a Masters degree
in studio Art at James Madison University. Mr. Hunter has since
done post graduate study at Virginia Commonwealth University, Maryland
Institute of Art and Design, the Virginia Museum of Art, the Art
Institute of Chicago Savannah College of Art and Design and at the
Corcoran Gallery of Art.
During the first five years after receiving his
Master's degree Mr. Hunter was a practicing artist but then as a
favor to a friend he agreed to substitute as a high school Art teacher
while his friend recovered from an auto accident. As a substitute
teacher he discovered that he liked the energy of the classroom
and consequently he returned to James Madison University and completed
all the classes necessary to become a certified Art teacher. His
first teaching position was at Colonial Beach High School in Colonial
Beach Virginia and this is where he remained for 32 years.
As an Art educator Mr. Hunter has been the Va.
Art Education Association's Art teacher of the year for the central
region of Virginia, a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Fellow, was
selected as a member of the Teacher's Institute of Contemporary
Art at the Chicago Art Institute and has published numerous articles
in School Arts Magazine and in Arts and Activities Magazine - both
professional journals for Art Education. In 2002 he was selected
as one of lNG's unsung heroes of American Public Education and the
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation honored him in 2009 as an individual
who makes a difference in student achievement by focusing on The
Power of Art.
Currently his artwork has a major digital component
which was inspired through his study of digital imaging at the Corcoran
Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. There he completed 18 hours of
course work to earn a post graduate certificate in electronic publishing.
During the past 10 years Mr. Hunter has received local, regional,
and national awards for his digital printmaking. Now retired from
teaching Mr. Hunter is enjoying being a full time practicing artist
and has recently begun to investigate the Artist Book art form by
hand binding his digital prints to create books. He is finding the
combination of craft and technology to be a new challenge, and he
is drawn to the opportunities that the Artist Book provides to present
an extended exploration of visual and narrative content which is
not possible in a single print image.