Quinn Alexandria Hunter, a sculptor and performance artist from Charlotte, N.C., has joined U-M Stamps School of Art & Design as an assistant professor. Hunter brings a wealth of experience, a passion for interdisciplinary art, and a commitment to amplifying underrepresented narratives to the Stamps community.
Hunter received her BFA in new media and design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016 and her MFA in sculpture and expanded practice from Ohio University in 2020. Hunter examines how erased or forgotten histories and cultural memories impact how the world sees, digests, and ultimately consumes Black female bodies and the spaces around them through object-making and performance.
“My art practice is about making history and the Black female body present in space. It is about uncovering truths and beauty and pain and laying them next to each other in a way that is real and uncomfortable,” Hunter said.
Hunter’s work in progress, Paradise: The Myth of a Liberal North, layers Detroit’s history, geography, and social relations through art. Hunter uncovered two Detroit neighborhoods and archived images. The project involves digitally woven images using a jacquard loom and physically removing “signs of life” from the piece.
Hunter’s contributions to the art world have garnered recognition and accolades. She received the prestigious Hollis Parry/Ann Parry Billman Fine Arts Award from Ohio University in 2019. Additionally, her talent was acknowledged with the 2020 artist-in-residence at the Chautauqua School of Art and the 2020 – 2021 artist-in-residence at Wayne State University. Hunter is a 2023 Gilda Award Recipient through The Kresge Foundation in Detroit.
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