Earlie Hudnall Jr.

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Earlie  Hudnall Jr. Lady in Black Hat with Feathers_ 3rd Ward_ Houston_ Texas
Lady in Black Hat with Feathers, 3rd Ward, Houston, Texas, 1990
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Earlie  Hudnall Jr. The Wood Chopper
The Wood Chopper, 1986
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Earlie Hudnall Jr.

Earlie Hudnall Jr. Description

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”

 

Collections

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

 

 

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