The Stamps School of Art & Design is excited to introduce Assistant Professor Quinn Alexandria Hunter, a sculptor and performance artist from Charlotte, North Carolina, to its faculty. 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.
Hunter’s journey to Stamps began with a passion for art and storytelling from a young age. During her undergraduate years, Hunter discovered her love of teaching and sharing her artistic knowledge with peers.
“I would help to teach my peers in study sessions, and I just really loved that dynamic, which continued in different ways,” Hunter said. “It felt like a natural fit for becoming a teacher.”
Her artistic journey has been marked by a dedication to uncovering hidden stories, particularly those related to African-American history. She describes her art practice as bringing history and the Black female body into the present, exploring stories lost or deliberately erased over time. Her work skillfully weaves together materiality and conceptual thought.
“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 work has often focused on connecting people to history, a passion that led her to a remarkable endeavor during her early years as a graduate student. While studying in Ohio, she uncovered the history of Christopher Davis, a black man lynched in Athens, Ohio, in the 19th century. Driven by her passion for telling his story, she guerrilla-installed a plaque near the site of his lynching, sparking a movement that ultimately led to the installation of an officially recognized plaque at Ohio University’s campus and another at the Equal Justice Initiatives Memorial Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.