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Candace Hunter

Installation Artist

Candace Hunter (chlee) creates collage, paintings, installations and performance art. She tells stories. Through the use of appropriated materials from magazines, vintage maps, cloth, various re-used materials, she offers the new landscape of materials  back to the viewer with a glimpse of history and admiration of the beautiful. Her mixed media artworks are sometimes applause and sometimes rants about the effects of politics and history and a smattering of the now. This personal story-telling is important as an act of meditation and mediation.

 The untold stories of enslaved peoples, of women fighting for potable water, of children who never made it home for dinner and never would again, of men sitting on death row, and of the abducted daughters of Chibok, are just some of the stories that Candace yearns to tell visually. 

During this season of Civil Unrest and the Coronavirus Pandemic, Candace found a way to bring a bit of joy to her personal world and to her audience with the creation of BROWN LIMBED GIRLS. The collages created during the pandemic spoke of joy and whimsy and like Candace, also spoke of hard truths.

 

Profile caption: photo credit: Tenola Plaxico

Featured Artworks

  •  Candace Hunter artwork Those Inbetween

    The seminal image from the HOODED TRUTHS series

  •  Candace Hunter artwork A Mother's Tear

    from an installation for the series, Loss/Scape

  •  Candace Hunter artwork Xenogenesis, Is it a Ship or is it Planet Earth

    from the Octavia Butler inspired exhibition, SO BE IT. SEE TO IT.

  •  Candace Hunter artwork Ancient Ina Text, Fledling, #6/15

    from the Octavia Butler inspired exhibition, SO BE IT. SEE TO IT.

  •  Candace Hunter artwork Covid Sunshine

    from the City of Chicago's Covid Awareness Billboard program

  •  Candace Hunter artwork Indigo

    detail from the installation, DUST IN THEIR VEINS

  •  Candace Hunter artwork Six Feet Apart
  •  Candace Hunter artwork Loss/Scape Mini-mural
  •  Candace Hunter artwork Covid Collages

Next Level / Spare Room Awards

A unique concept in the grantmaking field in which a second award at a higher level is distributed to a past recipient, the 3Arts Next Level/Spare Room Awards reflect our belief that once is not enough and that artists thrive with continued investment at critical junctures.

With a second year of support from an Anonymous Donor at the Chicago Community Foundation, 3Arts provides unrestricted cash grants of $50,000 to three women visual artists who are past 3Arts awardees practicing in the Chicago metropolitan area. 

Selection Process

3Arts awardees who meet the eligibility requirements are invited to submit an online application. A panel of three distinguished judges convene to review the applications and select the recipients. Recipients are artists who are actively making distinctive and compelling work; have plans to advance their next creative leap and/or project; and are at a critical juncture when an award of this size and nature could have a significant impact.

The 2022 recipients will be announced on November 7, 2022. Meet the 2022 judging panel.