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Alfred Heber Hutty

The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty Woodstock to Charleston
Edited by Sara C. Arnold and Stephen G. Hoffius
Foreword by Angela D. Mack
With a Catalog of Known Prints by Edith Howle
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Alfred Heber Hutty (1877 – 1954) was born in Grand Haven, Michigan. He showed a talent for draftsmanship at a young age and was given a scholarship to study stained glass design at the KansasCity School of Fine Arts. After marriage and the birth of his only child, he moved to St. Louis, where he met his mentor Birge Harrison. Hutty followed Harrison to the burgeoning art colony in Woodstock, New York in 1908 and studied painting under Harrison’s tutelage at the New York Art Students League Summer School. To supplement his income, Hutty temporarily relocated to the New York area where he gained employment in stained glass window design at Tiffany’s Studios for eight years, until the outbreak of World War I. While in New York, Hutty studied anatomy and life drawing under George Bridgman, and impressionist landscape painting with Frank Vincent DuMond at the Art Student’s League. Later, Hutty would return to Woodstock, having purchased a farm with panoramic views of the Catskills, aptly named ‘Broadview’. He devoted the first decade of his career at Woodstock painting impressionistic landscapes.

At the end of World War I, Hutty applied for a position to direct an art school in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the first professional director of the Carolina Art Association Art School. The CAA managed the Gibbes Art Gallery that would later become the Gibbes Museum of Art. During his first season in Charleston, Hutty was encouraged to learn etching and did so when he returned to Woodstock in the summer of 1920. A talented draftsman, Hutty’s hand captured the quite charm of Charleston façades and the landscape around Charleston and Woodstock. In the years that followed he was praised for his etchings, especially those of Charleston and trees, two of his most beloved subjects. From 1920 onward, Alfred Hutty and his wife Bessie shared their time between the two art colonies. Hutty was one of the principle artists of the Charleston Renaissance along with Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith and Anna Heyward Taylor. His evocative paintings, drawings, etchings and drypoints have earned him the reputation of a master, and his work is exhibited in museums and private collections around the United States. He has been critically acclaimed and the subject many articles, books and solo museum exhibitions. Alfred Hutty died in 1954.