- Gina Hunt
Gina Hunt explores physical, spatial relationships largely within the bounds of painting in order to ask questions about the complexities and subjectivity of vision, color, and perception. Working extensively with canvas, dye, paint, scrim, and wood, her process-based works are sites of perceptual phenomena while remaining rooted in a material-based physicality. The work is produced using manual, repetitive processes which present layers of heightened optical nuances through their construction and craft. Material choices are rooted in the traditions of painting, with an understanding that canvas is a malleable textile and a wooden stretcher can absorb color. The canvas and its wooden support become image, object, and subject.
Gina has recently presented solo exhibitions at The Franklin (Chicago, Illinois), 65GRAND (Chicago, Illinois), Western Pole (Chicago, Illinois), STNDRD Projects (St. Louis, Missouri), University Galleries at Illinois State University (Normal, Illinois), and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (Doha, Qatar), among others.
Her work has been included in recent group shows at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Chicago, Illinois), Cleve Carney Art Gallery (Glen Ellyn, Illinois), Heaven Gallery (Chicago, Illinois), Drew University (Madison, New Jersey), Baby Blue Gallery (Chicago, Illinois), Practise (Oak Park, Illinois), DEMO Project (Springfield, Illinois), E. Tay Gallery (New York City, New York), Elmhurst Art Museum (Elmhurst, Illinois), Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (St. Louis, Missouri), Front Room Gallery (Brooklyn, New York), and The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, Minnesota), among others.
In 2018-19, Hunt was a HATCH Resident at Chicago Artists Coalition. From 2015-2016, she received the international Artist Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, where she was a practicing artist and faculty member within the Painting and Printmaking Department and exhibited a solo exhibition of new paintings and sculpture. In 2016, Gina was awarded residencies at Hinge Arts (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) and the Badlands National Park (South Dakota). At both residencies, Hunt focused on creating temporary, site-specific sculptural installations integrated within landscape and architecture.
Gina received an M.F.A. in Painting from Illinois State University (2015), an M.A. in Painting from Minnesota State University (2012), and a B.F.A. in Painting, Printmaking, and Art History from Minnesota State University (2009). Her work has been featured in reviews and publications such as The Rib (Boston, Massachusetts), Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar), Salt Hill (Syracuse University), and New American Paintings.
She currently lives and works in Chicago, where she is a faculty member in the Drawing, Painting and Printmaking Department at Loyola University Chicago. Gina's artwork is represented by 65GRAND.