GIBSON-HUNTER STUDIO

 

Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter graduated from Temple University with a degree in art education. Claudia attended graduate studying printmaking at Howard University under Winston Kennedy. After completing her MFA in printmaking, while living in New York, she studied in Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Studio and later received a fellowship from the Bronx Museum of Art. She joined “Where We At “, a noted Black women’s artists group in Harlem. While in New York she also studied at the Arts Students League. She was a Foundation Program advisor at Parsons School of Design until 1987, when she returned to Washington, DC to raise her family. In 1999 she was invited to take an adjunct position at Howard University to teach printmaking. While at Howard University, she completed a residency with the Canadian School for Non Toxic Printmaking with Keith Howard. She was awarded two grants within the university, one to install non-toxic printmaking equipment. Howard University became one of the few Non-Toxic printmaking studios in the country.

In 2002 Aziza decided to pursue her art making full time. In 2003 her focus became painting. By 2005 she was combining printmaking and assemblage with painting, moving into mixed media works. Since then she has exhibited in Washington DC, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, Florida, Great Britain, Argentina and Poland. She was one of the ten artists chosen to create a digital print portfolio with David Adamson for the DC Commission on the Arts. Ms. Gibson-Hunter completed a banner for the Washington DC Art Walk as part of a public art piece erected on the grounds of the former Washington DC Convention Center. A co-founder of Black Artists of DC, she represented BADC during Art Basel Miami 06, in the Design District. In the same year Ms. Gibson-Hunter was awarded the Artist Fellowship Program Grant, from the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities. In 2010 she took a residency with Pyramid Atlantic where she studied papermaking. She has since completed a residency with the Vermont Studio Center and in 2018 received an Independent Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission. Her, “Wall of Unity”, was completed in August of 2017 and installed in the Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Washington DC. Her work is included in the Washington DC Art Bank, the John A. Wilson Building permanent art collection, the Liberian Embassy collection in Monrovia, and the Washingtonian collection.