Olivia Huntley | Raleigh, North Carolina | odhuntley@gmail.com

 

Inspired by dada and surrealism, as well as the American south, my work is composed of found materials such as metal, wood, text, images, found objects, and textiles, which possess a history of their own that support and inform the work. I collect these materials and incorporate them into mixed media assemblages, often introducing paint, graphite, and photographic elements.

My choice of materials and use of photography represents romanticized notions of southern culture, while the manipulation of the materials addresses deeper political issues that plague the American south, such as class, race, tradition, and values. I use white gesso to represent the whitewashing of American southern values and photography to explore death and the passage of time. As a southern woman, I strongly identify with the American south and aim to critically examine my cultural environment. My work is a conversation between materials; a discourse between my own personal sentimentality of the American southern aesthetic and my political and social frustrations embedded in the condition of American southern heritage.

 

EDUCATION

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bachelors of Fine Arts, Studio Art | May 2018

Cumulative GPA: 3.61

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

C/luster, Undergraduate Studio Art Senior Exhibition, John and June Alcott Gallery, University of North Carolina Department of Art and Art History, Chapel Hill, NC - May 2018

 

Occluded Front, Undergraduate Art Awards Group Exhibition, John and June Allcott Undergraduate Gallery, University of North Carolina Department of Art and Art History, Chapel Hill, NC – March 2018

 

Cameras are Clocks for Seeing, Conceptual Photography Exhibition, Featured Artist, John and June Allcott Undergraduate Gallery, University of North Carolina Department of Art and Art History, Chapel Hill, NC – November 2017 – February 2018

 

Fall 2017 Juried Group Exhibition, Featured Artist, SAMple Gallery, University of North Carolina Department of Art and Art History, Chapel Hill, NC – October 2017

 

Populus, Collaborative Group Exhibition and Installation, John and June Allcott Undergraduate Gallery, University of North Carolina Department of Art and Art History, Chapel Hill, NC – October 2017

 

Cellar Door Literary Magazine, Featured Work, I Found Six Dollars in the Yard - Spring 2017

 

Visual Arts Gallery Group Exhibition, Featured Artist, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC – 2013

 

“Parent’s Weekend” Gallery Exhibition, Featured Artist, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC – 2013

 

Winter 2012 Group Exhibition, Featured Artist, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC – 2012

 

“Parent’s Weekend” Gallery Exhibition, Featured Artist, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC – 2012

 

AWARDS

The Anderson Undergraduate Studio Art Award, University of North Carolina, 2017-2018

 

1st Place for Digitally Enhanced Photography, General Federation of Women’s Clubs North Carolina Merit Awards, 2012

 

2nd Place for Ceramics, General Federation of Women’s Clubs North Carolina Merit Awards, 2012

 

2nd Place for Black and White Photography, General Federation of Women’s Clubs North Carolina Merit Awards, 2012

 

2nd Place for Color Photography, General Federation of Women’s Clubs North Carolina Merit Awards, 2012

 

2nd Place for Digitally Enhanced Photography, General Federation of Women’s Clubs North Carolina Merit Awards, 2012

 

Gold Key Winner for Excellence in Visual Arts, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, 2011

 

Gold Key Winner for Excellence in Visual Arts, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, 2011