BiographyDon Hunt was born January 4, 1946. After earning his BA degree at Luther College in 1968, he attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the South Bear Pottery school in Decorah, IA founded by Dean Schwarz. He received MA and MFA degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1988 and 1989 respectively.
Hunt was a ceramics and sculpture instructor at Madison West High School from 1968 until 2002. In addition he was the founder-developer of the Colucci Gallery at West High School. During those years he also was an artist-in-residence at Bethel Horizons in Dodgeville, WI, and a lecturer in the University of Wisconsin ceramics department. At Bethel Horizons, Hunt founded “Horizons Art Ventures,” clay workshops which brought teachers and students together.
Hunt co-founded a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser called the Souper Bowl where soup was served in bowls made by local potters. He was honored for this work by being named Communitarian of the Year by the local Habitat chapter. In 1999 the Wisconsin Art Education Association named him Art Educator of the Year. The University of Wisconsin Art Education Association awarded him the Art Educator of the Year title in 2002. Hunt was active in professional organizations as well as community associations. He frequently made presentations to these groups and published articles in area magazines.
He exhibited widely throughout the Midwest. His works were shown at Luther College in fall 1998 in an exhibit called Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: A Testimony in Clay. Hunt died August 6, 2008, at the age of 62.
Hunt donated two ceramic works to the Fine Arts Collection. In 1998, he gave his watering can with lid called Petrified Time to the collection. Made of stoneware, it was high fired with a salt glaze. At the same time he donated Two Hands One Heart, a hand modeled clay heart shape constructed of two profiles which create the illusion of a face. Hand impressions with stone pupils suggest eyes. It is attached to a plexiglas sheet in the form of a heart. Ed and Elizabeth Kaschins donated Hunt’s color woodcut called Country Sunset to the Fine Arts Collection in 1999.
Source of BiographyHunt, Donald. “Madison’s West High School.” Ceramics Monthly Supplement. 42:1 (January 1994), 7-8 Obituary, Luther Magazine. 42:1 (Fall 2008), 82-83