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Debora Hunter

Professor Emerita of Art

Debora Hunter taught art and photography at SMU for 40 years, from 1976 to 2017. Hunter was born in Chicago and grew up in architecturally rich Oak Park, Illinois. She attended Northwestern University, receiving a B.A. in English literature with departmental honors and a minor in women’s studies. At Northwestern, she became interested in photography while studying visual sociology with Howard S. Becker. She received a M.F.A. in photography from Rhode Island School of Design, working with Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and the visiting faculty of Minor White and Lisette Model.

Her photographic work includes documentary projects made in Newfoundland and Labrador, “Waiting: Portraits of the Terminally Ill,” “Raw Material: Portraits of Babies” and “Family Landscapes.” In 2002 she completed a permanent public art installation of eight art panels for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s light rail station at Skillman and LBJ Freeway. Since 2004 she has been engaged in a longitudinal study of Taos, New Mexico. Most recently she has exhibited her work at the Dallas Museum of Art, New Mexico History Museum, Kelly Contemporary Gallery and Frontiers of Flight Museum. She will soon show her work at the Haggerty Gallery at University of Dallas.

Selected solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Art Institute of Chicago, International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Kelly Contemporary Gallery (Santa Fe) and Pollock Gallery at SMU. Selected group exhibitions include the Amon Carter Museum, Corcoran Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Witkin Gallery (New York City), Light Factory, Dallas Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Art, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, McKinney Avenue Contemporary (Dallas), Lawndale Annex (Houston), Herbert S. Johnson Museum (Cornell University), Fort Worth Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Bravin Post Lee Gallery (New York City), Center for the Arts (Boulder), Alternative Museum (New York City), Creative Photography Laboratory (MIT, Cambridge), Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions and Amarillo Art Center. Her work is in the permanent collections of Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Amon Carter Museum, Yale University Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Wesleyan University Art Museum, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum and Creative Photography Laboratory of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
B.A., Northwestern University


The Basics of Photography (ASPH 1300), Black and White Photography (ASPH 3300), Color Photography (ASPH 3303), Digital Tools (ASPH 3304), Documentary Impulse (ASPH 3320), The Photographic Portrait (ASPH 3325), Special Topics in Photography (ASPH 3360), Photography in Taos (ASPH 3306, 4306, 5306), in the Division's foundational curriculum and Graduate Hours. She also served as the undergraduate advisor for B.A., B.F.A., B.F.A./M.I.T. art majors, art minors and photography minors.


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Pollock Gallery

Art in Dallas

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Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Meadows Academy for Young Artists

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