Munson Hunt



Munson Hunt lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and has done so for 25 years. Upon graduation from Parsons School of Design in NYC, Hunt’s sculpture and video installations have been shown nationally and internationally for over 25 years and her video has been shown in film festivals. Her minimal organic forms are associated with maritime shapes, which echo her New England upbringing. The scale of Hunt’s work speaks of human presence and earthy visceral responses. The raw material and simple forms are mysterious and elemental echoing archetypal language.



As a wood sculptor of 30 years my work has always been, and continues to be about the human condition, the place were I live, and how that effects me. I use materials to convey a metaphor for the life I see and feel. Most recently a collection of ten charred wood sculptures of human scale and larger, placed in 6,500 square feet of raw space to create a show titled “Reclamation”. Sound was an under toning element, shadow and light a medium of it’s own. The sculptures were charred and oiled repeatedly and finished with graphite that reflected beautifully in the soft even light of the space. Along with the wood sculptures were two glass sculptures, cast from charred wood. These two slabs of cast glass are gray in color, textured with the surface of burned wood and stand at 96” x 30” x 2” per slab, the sides are polished and the back sandblasted. They stand as a pair to make one piece.

The presence of these sculptures carries a quietness, like a forest after a fire. This came in timing with the largest fire in New Mexico history, which is where I have lived for 25 years in the Santa Fe area. When creating installations I am thinking of environments. Of light, sound, scent and presence that objects carry. This presence is obvious and real but what also interests me is the memory and absence, or the ghost of objects and people. Works on paper of mine concerning this topic are carried out in smoke on paper. The carbon of the smoke leaves a ghost and creates for me the image of objects there, but visceral and transparent.



College of Santa Fe, Student of Master Sculptor, Linda Benglis, 1999
Santa Fe Fine Arts Institute, Student of Master Sculptor, Beverly Pepper, 1993
Parsons School of Design, BFA, 1985
Awards/ Fellowships
Bullseye Glass, Portland OR, 2011
Flatbed Press Printing, Austin, TX, 2000
College of Santa Fe Sculpture Project, Santa Fe, NM, 1998
Selected Solo Shows and Installations
Fine Arts Museum of New Mexico, Installation of "Charred Glass", 2012
Center for Contemporary Art, "Reclamation", 2011
Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX 2009
Ursa Gallery, "Underneath it All" Santa Fe Rail Yard, 2008
Walker Fine Art,: Controlled Chaos", Denver 2008
Galleri Urbane, " The Space Between", Marfa TX. 2007
Santa Fe Community College, "Curious Gravity" 2006
College of Santa Fe, "Sculpture Project", Santa Fe, ,NM 2005
Santa Fe Film Festival, "Heaven and Hell", Santa Fe, NM 2005
Chiaroscuro, "Free From Fear", Santa Fe, NM 2005
Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art, "Natural Displacements". LC,NM 2005
New York Independent Film Festival "Inner Entrapment", 2004
Chiaroscuro Gallery, "Natural Displacements", Santa Fe 2003
Santa Fe Film Festival "A Pair of Balls", 2002
Chiaroscuro Gallery, "Form" Santa Fe, NM, 2001
Finesilver Gallery, "Form" San Antonio, TX, 2001

Selected Group Shows

Bullseye Glass Company, 2011
Launch Projects, Santa Fe, NM, 2010
Wade Wilson Art, Houston, TX , 2010
Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX, 2010
Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO, 2009
Galleri Urbane, Marfa TX 2008
Walker Fine Art, Denver, 2007
Chiaroscuro,"Video 7", Scottsdale, AZ, 2005
AAF Contemporary Art Fair, NY, NY, 2004
Michael Martin Gallery, San Francisco, 2004
Michael Martin Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2003
Michael Martin Gallery, Grand Opening, San Francisco, CA 2002
Monothon at Site Santa Fe, NM, 2002
Chiaroscuro Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 2001
Michael Martin Gallery, New Dialogues, San Francisco, CA, 2001
Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX, 2001
Flatbed Press Galleries, Austin, TX, 2000
Jaquelin Loyd Contemporary, Taos, NM, 2000
Turner-Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2000
Soho 20 Gallery, New York, NY, 1999
Sculpture Project 99, Santa Fe, NM, 1999 Lewallen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 1999
Coleman Contemporary Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, 1999
Santa Fe Counsel for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 1998
Contemporary 98', Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos, NM, 1998
Sculpture Project 98', College of Santa Fe, NM, 1998
Guadalupe Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, 1996
Center for Contemporary Arts, Shrine Show, Santa Fe, NM, 1995
"Boomerang" Movie, New York, NY, 1993
Santa Fe Institute of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, 1993
Copland Rutherford Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 1993
Ramscale Art Associates, New York, NY, 1990-93
Rena Branstien, San Francisco, CA, 1992
Selected Commissions and Collections of Sculpture
Lani McGregor and Dan Shuwerer, Portland OR, 2011
Larry Fodor and John Rotchester, Santa Fe, NM, 2010
Richard McCurdy, Santa Fe, NM
David Arment, Dallas, TX, 2008
New Mexico Arts Commission Permanent Collection, 2004
Cathy Baransik and Steve Novik, MS, 2004
Jaqueline Bolli , Italy, 2001
Eric Misenhiemer , NM, 2001
Ken and Terra Kuhne , NM, 2001
Alison Tinsley and Chris Fields, NM, 2003
Jerry and Alice Kruse, TX, 2003

Selected Publications

Journal North, 2011
THE Magazine, 2011
Pasatiempo, The New Mexican, 2011
Trend Magazine 2011
Santa Fean, 2011
Santa Fean, 2010
Veranda Magazine, 2010
Trend Magazine, 2010
Denver Arts, 2009
Albuquerque Journal, 2010
THE Magaazine October 2008 The Universe of Munson Hunt
3-D Art/ Techne’. New Mexico Artist Series. Fresco Fine Art Publications, Albuquerque Journal September 2003
THE magazine September 2003
The Santa Fe Reporter September 2003
City AZ June 2003
Preservation Magazine May/June 2003
THE Magazine June 2002

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