“Aziza” Claudia Gibson-Hunter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Temple University, (BS), and received her MFA from Howard University. After relocating to New York, she attended Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Studio, the Arts Students League, and later received a fellowship from the Bronx Museum of Art. She joined “Where We At “, a group of Black women artists in the early 1980’s. In 1987, she returned to Washington DC and in 1999, joined the Howard University Department of Fine Arts faculty. She continued her studies at the Canadian School for Non Toxic Printmaking.

Her emphasis has been mixed media works since 2005. Ms. Gibson-Hunter has exhibited nationally, and internationally. Aziza is a cofounding member of Black Artists of DC, and continues to advocate for artists through this organization. In 2014, 2006, 2018, and 2020, Ms. Gibson-Hunter was awarded the prestigious Individual Artist Fellowship Program Grant, from the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, Her work is included in the Washington DC Art Bank, the John A. Wilson Building Permanent Art collection, the Washintonian collection, the Liberian Embassy art collection, the Montgomery county Works on Paper collection, and other notable collections. She completed two major public art commissions for the Washington DC Department of General Services. The “Wall of Unity”, (2017) and “ANCESTOR”S (2019) are both located in Washington, DC public schools. In 2019 Aziza was a Pyramid Atlantic Denbo Fellow. She is a member of STABLE, a Washington DC artist community. Ms. Gibson-Hunter has a studio in Washington DC.