Alfred Heber Hutty Biography

Alfred Heber Hutty




Alfred Heber Hutty, painter and printmaker, was born in Grand Haven, Michigan on September 15, 1877.  His primary education was in the Grand Haven public schools, but at age fifteen, he earned a scholarship to the Saint Louis School of Fine Arts where he learned the techniques of stained glass. He went on to design windows in Kansas City before working for eight years at Tiffany's Studio in New York designing stained glass. With the outbreak of World War I, Hutty left this employ to serve in the military.

He studied landscape painting with Birge Harrison in New York at the Art Student's League summer school. Hutty also studied anatomy and life drawing with George Bridgman and painting with Frank Vincent DuMond. After the war, Hutty was hired to develop an art school for the Carolina Art Association (now the Gibbes Museum of Art) in Charleston, South Carolina. While in the south, he learned the techniques of etching and used the medium to capture the charms of the landscape, architecture, and the people of South Carolina.

Hutty purchased a farm in Woodstock, New York with sweeping views of the Catskill Mountains. He divided his time between Woodstock and Charleston and is considered one of the principle artists of the Charleston Renaissance.

He was a member of the British Society of Graphic Arts, the Society of American Etchers, the Chicago Society of Etchers, the California Society of Printmakers, the Prairie Printmakers, the Southern Printmakers, the Allied Artists of America, the National Arts Club, the American Watercolor Society, the Salmagundi Club of New York, and the Rockport and Woodstock Art Associations.

Hutty 's work was illustrated in Fine Prints of the Year for 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932, and 1933. His work in held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bibliotheque Nationale, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Detroit Art Institute, the Fogg Museum of Art, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Alfred H. Hutty died on June 17, 1954, in Woodland, New York.