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The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards

Terry K. Hunter

2011 Individual Artist and Educator Award

 Terry K. Hunter of Orangeburg has significantly influenced South Carolina’s arts landscape as an artist, administrator, advocate, consultant, curator and educator. Most important to him are the roles of artist and educator. During his nearly 35 years as an artist, Hunter has heightened the awareness of the artist's role—one that transcends the studio and exhibition halls. A recent illustration of this effort is Hunter’s “The Grid Turns the Corner,” a mid-career retrospective of his drawings and prints that has traveled to three states, and along the way, allowed Hunter to serve as an arts ambassador for South Carolina. Returning to the state in February 2011, the exhibition opened alongside “The Grid Comes Full Circle,” an exhibition of Hunter’s students’ work.

Currently the executive director of the Fine Arts Cultural Enrichment Teaching Studios (FACETS), a professional development institute in the arts associated with Clemson University, Hunter is dedicated to the professional development of classroom arts teachers, reconnecting them to the creative process as a way to engage their students. As an artist and educator, he has shared his expertise as a mentor in higher education and as a consultant with arts consortiums and school districts. In addition to serving as a master teacher with the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Hunter has participated in more than 50 solo and group exhibitions throughout the country. He has been listed in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” since 2004 and has been cited for his exemplary teaching by other organizations, such as the South Carolina Art Education Association. Most recently, he was designated Visiting Artist/Scholar by Ohio State University in conjunction with work related to his retrospective exhibition.