Dallas Art Fair Names Associate Professor Debora Hunter as 2016 Honoree
Hunter to be special guest at March 31 kickoff at Neiman Marcus
The eighth annual Dallas Art Fair has named Associate Professor of Photography Debora Hunter as its 2016 honoree. Hunter, who is retiring this May after 40 years of teaching art and photography at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, will be this year’s special guest at the March 31 Dallas Art Fair Patron Kick-Off Party at the flagship Neiman Marcus store in downtown Dallas. As part of the evening’s events she will talk about the relationship between community and culture.
On top of the honoree recognition, Neiman’s is providing Hunter with an unusual exhibit space for which she created a new series of site-specific photographs. From March 26 to April 24, six of her large-scale images will be featured in one of Neiman’s display windows at the downtown Dallas location.
“I recently became interested in making photographs of the very site where the photographs will be displayed,” says Hunter. “Perhaps I am asking the public to ponder the difference between their experiences of the place with that of my own.
“Using the reflective surface of glass, I can juxtapose the insular, gendered and economic pageantry of the window world with the dynamic movement of urban reality. Further, I am looking forward to photographing people viewing my photographs of the windows within the window once my photographs are installed -- a kind of artistic house of mirrors."
Dallas Art Fair and SMU connections
From Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17, the Dallas Art Fair will feature nearly 100 prominent national and international art dealers and galleries showing and selling paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video and installations by modern and contemporary artists from all over the globe. Exhibitors are coming from London, New York, Bogotá, Milan, Dubai, Mexico City, Zurich, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Guadalajara, Rome, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong, Paris and other cities worldwide, and will set up in the F.I.G. (Fashion Industry Gallery) building near the Dallas Museum of Art. Multiple activities surrounding the Fair will once again be centered in the downtown Dallas Arts District, the largest urban arts district in the nation. The ticketed event is open to the public.
Additional works by Hunter will also be exhibited at the 2016 Dallas Art Fair at the James Kelly Contemporary booth. Kelly was one of Hunter’s students in the 1970s, graduating from Meadows in 1977 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
“Jim eventually moved to Santa Fe and built a very highly regarded gallery there,” says Hunter. “He is a great SMU success story. I am delighted to be represented by him.”
Another of Hunter’s students who figures prominently in the Dallas Art Fair, Kelly Coppock Cornell (B.F.A. ’11), began interning with the Dallas Art Fair as a Meadows student and is now a leading staff member of the Dallas Art Fair team.
“It's been great fun to work with Kelly in her new capacity,” says Hunter. “I sponsored her first internship with the Dallas Art Fair and now she is gainfully employed by them and contributing to the vitality of the contemporary art scene in Dallas.
“One of the joys of teaching at SMU for so many years is seeing how our students prosper and participate so positively in our community and culture.”
Exhibitors at the 2016 Fair representing SMU-connected artists and alumni include Conduit Gallery, Barry Whistler Gallery, Cris Worley Fine Arts, and Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden.
About Debora Hunter
Hunter, who has taught art and photography at SMU Meadows for four decades, says one of the joys of teaching at SMU for so many years is seeing students prosper and participate positively in the culture and in the community.
After graduating with an M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied with photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, Hunter joined the faculty of SMU Meadows School of the Arts in 1976.
Over the years, Hunter’s body of work has included documentary projects made in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the series “Waiting: Portraits of the Terminally Ill,” “Raw Material: Portraits of Babies” and “Family Landscapes.” Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Art Institute of Chicago, International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House (Rochester, N.Y.), James Kelly Contemporary Gallery (Santa Fe) and Pollock Gallery at SMU. Selected group exhibitions include the Amon Carter Museum, Corcoran Museum of Art (Washington, D.C.), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, D.C.), Witkin Gallery (New York City), Light Factory (Charlotte, N.C.), Dallas Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Art, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, McKinney Avenue Contemporary (Dallas), Lawndale Annex (Houston) and Herbert S. Johnson Museum (Cornell University). Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications.
Debora Hunter is represented by James Kelly Contemporary of Santa Fe.
Read more about Associate Professor Debora Hunter; see Professor Hunter’s website and examples of her work.
Read more about SMU Meadows Division of Art and the 2016 Dallas Art Fair.