“The Grid Turns The Corner: A Mid Career Retrospective” by Terry K. Hunter at the I.P. Stanback

Monday, January 31, 2011

The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium (The Stanback) and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at SC State University present “The Grid Turns The Corner: A Mid-Career Retrospective,” including drawings and prints by Dr. Terry K. Hunter.  This multi-faceted event will begin on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Fine Arts Recital Hall, with the viewing of a visual narrative entitled “The Grid Turns The Corner.” Following will be the exhibition opening, a reception and book signing at The Stanback.  The exhibition will be on display from Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 through Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011.

The Grid Turns The Corner

The exhibition will showcase nearly 40 years of Hunter's work from early non-figurative abstractions to his current involvement with grid configuration. Curated by Angela Corbett, this collection of 52 works is the first comprehensive exhibition of Hunter's work. It chronicles the influence of the socio-cultural environment that shaped the artist's vision and steered him toward social commentary as a vehicle for creative expression. “The Grid Turns The Corner: A Mid-Career Retrospective,” provides a clear view of Hunter’s growth and artistic maturation. Additionally, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the reciprocal relationship between Hunter’s work as an artist and his role as a teacher. It fuses periods of productivity into a presentation that provides a context for their influence on Hunter's work.

Also on display will be “The Grid Comes Full Circle.”  Spanning over 30 years, “The Grid Comes Full Circle” includes art works by students Hunter taught over the years in Orangeburg, S.C., including students from Felton Laboratory School, SC State University and Claflin University. The exhibition also includes works from students Hunter taught at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts in Greenville, S.C. A version of this exhibition shown at the Fine Arts Center on campus also includes mixed media works by participants in the summer studio institutes conducted by Hunter for the past three years.  Hunter also has an extensive legacy of art education in South Carolina and beyond and has mentored numerous high school and college students who have become established artists.

Hunter completed most of the works in “The Grid Turns The Corner” during his early career as a public school art teacher, while receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and drawing, and in his capacity as a professor of art, graphic designer, museum director and arts administrator.

Born in Tallahassee, Fla., Hunter grew up during the 1960's and was influenced by a commitment to family, church and education. Hunter credits his parents for initial inspiration for achievement. Most of his other role models and influences emerged from relatives, many of whom were educators, and he cites other professionals drawn from his immediate community for providing additional motivation. These influences, coupled with the advent of television with its coverage of the cultural and social revolution of the 1960’s, played a dominant role in the development of Hunter's values and mores, and subsequently his approach to image making.

Hunter currently serves as the executive director of the Fine Arts Cultural Enrichment Teaching Studios (FACETS), a professional development institute in the arts associated with Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

For additional information about the exhibition, “The Grid Turns The Corner: A Mid-Career Retrospective,” contact the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at (803) 536-7174, or visit www.scsuCRASH.blogspot.com.