Candace "Chlee" Hunter

Candace Hunter
Visual Artist, Lecturer, Arts Writer, Performance Artist

Chicago based, Ms. Hunter studied Fine Arts at Barat and Mundelein Colleges. She has resided in New York, LA (twice), Miami and Singapore, with travels to Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Korea, and Brazil. Still on the list...Addis Ababa, Mauritius, Johannesburg...

Ms. Hunter's three-year solo series: "Prayer Circles: Sacred Text and Abstract Thought", concluded in 2005, at which time she embarked on her "50 x 50" tour which took her work to LA, Houston, New York, Newark and Miami.

Recently, chlee's work has been included in highly successful shows at the Nicole Gallery, a solo show at ETA Creative Arts Foundation, group shows at the Flat Iron Building, the National Black Fine Art Show, "Art of the Diaspora: the Dan Parker Collection", showcased at the UNITY 2008 Journalists of Color National Conference, the 2008 Chicago Jazz Festival, "Women in the Course of their Daily Lives" at the Grace Institute in NYC, and the Midsummer Arts Faire (Quincy, IL) where she won first place in the Young Collector's Gallery.

Ms. Hunter served as the Arts & Culture Editor for the N'DIGO newspaper for seven years and oft was an arts correspondent for WTTW- Channel 11 and as an arts correspondent on WBEZ, the city's public radio station. She is a sought-after arts auctioneer and often sits on panels for the city and arts entities within the city.

Her art is impacted by her early fascination with handwriting, the magnificence of cathedrals, the brilliance of bridges, the eyes and hands of the Emperor of Ethiopia, and a deep love of race. These things have compelled the woman to be artist -- to illuminate whenever possible, to investigate as much as possible, and to respect...always.

Her work has been collected locally and nationally, including: The Interfaith Center of Manhattan, Church of the Three Crosses (Chgo), the SonEdna Foundation (MS), Nancy Giles (CBS Sunday Morning), Julian Roberts and Amina Dickerson, Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Dorsey, Patric McCoy (Pres., Diasporal Rhythyms), Dan Parker (Author, "Art of the Diaspora"), Samm-Art Williams, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Carter Harrison, Ronne Hartfield, Kai El'Zabar, Alita Tucker, Arlene Crawford, and many others.
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