EARLIE HUDNALL, JR. (b. 1946)
In 1946, Earlie Hudnall, Jr. was born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. His sense of community within his family and that of the African-American culture is what helped shape his work as an artist. Hudnall began photographing while serving as a Marine in the Vietnam War in the 1960’s. In 1968, he relocated to Houston to attend Texas Southern University and received his BA in Art Education in 1976. There he found the encouragement to continue photographing his subject matter of the everyday for African-Americans in the South. Hudnall made Houston his permanent home and has been working as the university photographer at Texas Southern University since 1990.
Hudnall is a board member for the Houston Center for Photography and an Executive Board member in the Texas Photographic Society. His work has been influential in the portrayal of the African-American community and culture. The director of Academy Award winner for Best Picture in 2017, Moonlight, mentioned Hudnall as visual inspiration on how the film should depict African-Americans both aesthetically and symbolically.
His photographs are in many notable public and private collections across America, including the Smithsonian, Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Biographical and Career Highlights
1946 Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
1966-1968 Served in the United States Marine Corps.
1976 Graduated with a BA from Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
1990-Present Works as university photographer at Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
-Resides in Houston, TX where he serves as a Houston Center for Photography Board Member and Executive Board Member for the Texas Photographic Society
Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions
2017-18 Homecoming: The 8th Biannual Art Alumni Exhibition, The University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX.
2017 On My Journey: The Legacy of John Biggers, curated by Sally Reynolds, Arts Brookfield, Houston, TX.
2015-16 Homecoming: The Seventh Biennial Art Alumni Exhibition, The University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX.
2014 Houston Founders at City Hall, organized by William Reaves Fine Art and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Houston’s City Hall, Houston, TX
2013 Homecoming: The Sixth Biennial Art Alumni Exhibition, The University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX.
2013 African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, FL
2013 In Conversation: Modern African American Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
2012 African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
2011 Eyes of Texas, Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, TX
1998 Solo Exhibition, Museum of Abilene, Abilene, TX
1997 Solo Exhibition, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
1997 Portraits of a Community: Photographs by Earlie Hudnall, Jr., African American Art Museum, Dallas, TX
1997 The South By Its Photographers, Columbia Museum of Art, New York, NY
1996 Earlie Hudnall, Jr., Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, TX
1996 Project Galveston: Earlie Hudnall, Jr. and the Children of the Galveston Housing Authority, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX
1996 The South By Its Photographers, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
1996 Three Visions, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1995 Changing Perspectives, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1995 Houston: Earlie Hudnall, Jr., Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
1994 Project Galveston: Earlie Hudnall, Jr. and the Children of the Galveston Housing Authority, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX
1994 Free Within Ourselves: African American Art in the Collection of the National Museum of American Art, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
1994 Portraits of Community: African American Photography in Texas, Diverseworks, Houston, TX
1994 Six Texas Photographers, Transco Tower Gallery, Houston, TX
1994 Texas Photographic Society’s Annual Governor’s Exhibition, Wunderlich Gallery, Austin, TX
1993 Seeing the Forest for the Trees, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1993 Fur, Fins, Feathers and More, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX
1993 Texas Photographers: Recent Acquisitions from the Mundy and Willour Collections, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1993 Earlie Hudnall, Jr.: A Southern Spirit, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
1993 Diverse Directions, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
1992 Three from the South: Southern Visions, Dishman Gallery, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
1992 Haiti and Belize, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
1991 Earlie Hudnall, Jr., Benteler-Morgan Galleries, Houston, TX
1986 Houston with Love: Reaping and Sowing, Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX
1986 America: Another Perspective, Tisch Scholl of the Arts, The Photo Center Gallery, New York
1984 African-American Photographers of the Southwest 1950-1984, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
1984 Images of the Wards, Houston Public Library, Houston, TX
1982 Africa, America and the Black Caribbean, Sutton’s Black Heritage Gallery, Houston, TX
1982 Through the Eyes of Earlie Hudnall, M.D. Anderson Library, University of Houston, TX
1981 Permanent Photography Exhibition, Kashmere Gardens Library, Houston, commissioned by the Cultural Arts Council of Houston
Grants and Awards
1997 Annual “Perspectives in African-American Art” commission by Seagram’s Gin
1992 Second Prize: “Texas Art Celebration ‘92” Assistance League of Houston
1987 First Place, Black and White, ADA Photographic First Annual Competition
1981 Cultural Arts Council of Houston Visual Artist’s Grant: “Art in Community Places”
Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
Elisha Johnson Center for the Aged, Houston, TX
Gernsheim Collection, Lugano, Switzerland
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, UT, Austin, TX
Kashmere Gardens Library, Houston, TX
LaSalle Bank Photography Collection
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
Texaco, U.S.A., Houston, TX
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA