Chicago based, Ms. Hunter studied Fine Arts at Barat and Mundelein Colleges. Presently she is enrolled in the Visual Arts Practioner Certification Program at the Graham School.
Presently, Ms. Hunter is sharing her installation, “Dust in Their Veins: a Visual Response to the Global Water Crisis” at the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston after successful runs at the DuSable Museum of African American History and the inaugural exhibit at the Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University. The series of sculptural collages and paintings deal with the issue of Women and Water Rights. The first of the series, about the miracle and the misuse of water will, she hopes, in viewing, illicit thought and provoke action.
chlee’s (Candace Hunter’s pseudonym) 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, 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.