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Department of Art

Daniel Hunt

Associate Professor & Area Coordinator, Sculpture


Office: Willard 001C

1983  BFA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sculpture
1985  AM  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Art Education
1989  MFA Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Sculpture


Daniel Hunt, Associate Professor, Sculpture: B.F.A. and A.M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.F.A., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  Professor Hunt teaches all levels of Sculpture and is an expert in working with a variety of materials.  He regularly employs recycled cast aluminum and iron, steel and wood to generate sculptures and installations, many times building the equipment necessary to cast metal.  He has taught many workshops and courses nationally and internationally with this focus. 

Incorporating narrative and iconographic imagery with a humorous edge, Daniel Hunt’s ideas are inspired by the experiences of living and the study of Theology, which are often shaped by music, literature, film, art history and hot rod culture.  His work is housed in private collections, has been publicly commissioned and exhibited widely in the United States and the UK. 

Artist Statement

One autumn, Michael and I spent many days hunting and had become attuned to any "squirrelly" movements in the forest. Poking our heads over a steep river bank, we discovered and startled a granddaddy fox squirrel. Instead of choosing a dry escape route, he ran to the end of an oak that had fallen half way across the water. Momentarily, he clung to some dangling twigs, then surprised us by leaping into the river and swimming to the other side. He must have swam twenty yards. For a squirrel, he was a pretty good swimmer.

Daniel Hunt. "Up a Creek" (Detail). Aluminum, Bronze, and Oak. 71"x46"x36". 1997