Victoria Hutson Huntley

American , 1900 - 1963

Victoria Ebbels Hutson Huntley was born in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey in 1900, but lived in New York from just after her birth until 1921. She studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art and took Saturday classes at the Art Students League, while she was still in grammar and high school. In 1918, she enrolled at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art on a scholarship and took on a regular schedule of classes at the Art Students League in 1919. She studied with George Bridgman, John Sloan, Max Weber and George Luks.

Huntley’s father died in 1920 and she attended the Teacher’s College, briefly before moving to Denton, Texas where she became an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the College of Industrial Arts, a position she held from 1921 to 1923. In 1934, after her first marriage to William K. Hutson, she married Ralph Huntley and assumed his name as hers, professionally. Together they moved to West Cornwall, Connecticut. Through the years, her life as an artist took her to New York, Texas, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida.

In 1930, Huntley produced a series of lithographs depicting industrial and factory sites entitled, “Steam and Steel”, which gained national attention. During the 1940s she produced a series of lithographs based on the birds and plants in and around the Florida Everglades.

Huntley exhibited at the Weyhe Gallery in New York City and in the International Exhibition of Art at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930. She was a member of the American Artists Group and an Associate Member of the National Academy. In 1933, she received grants and awards from the Philadelphia Printmakers Club, in 1945 from the Library of Congress (Washington D.C.) and in 1946 from the Association of American Artists. In 1947, she received a grant from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, in 1948- a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 1950 and 1951- awards from the Society of American Graphic Artists.

Huntley taught painting and drawing at the Birch-Wathen School in New York City from 1934 to 1942, she was the resident artist at the Redding Ridge School in Connecticut from 1939 to 1941 and was resident artist and teacher of art at the Pomfret School in Connecticut from 194242 to 1946. In a 1960 article in the magazine, “American Art”, Huntley used her lithograph, “Peck’s Barn” to detail the process of creating a lithograph. She was listed in “Who Was Who In American Art” from Sound View Press in 1985. Victoria Huntley died in Chatham, New Jersey in 1963.
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