Christopher Hutchinson is an accomplished Jamaican conceptual artist, professor and contributor to the art community as a writer, critic and founder of the nonprofit Smoke School of Art. He is a Professor of Art at Atlanta Metropolitan State College and has been featured as a lecturer including prestigious engagements at University of Alabama and the Auburn Avenue Research Library. For two decades, Chris has been a practicing artist. His works have been exhibited in internationally recognized institutions including City College New York (CUNY) and featured at the world’s leading international galleries such as Art Basel Miami. He has always had an innate passion for creating spaces where Africans and people of African descent contribute to an inclusive contemporary dialogue—ever evolving, not reflexive but pioneering. This requires challenging the rubric of the canon of art history, a systemic space of exclusion for the Other: women and non-Whites, and where necessary he rewrites it. He received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama.
Students at the graduate level need access to interdisciplinary thinking founded in a strong knowledge of traditional painting skills and techniques. As a professor, Chris encourages his students to include interdisciplinary media and practice in developing their course work.
Art Appreciation: This three part course starts with contemporary art from a Western perspective then shifts to include the Renaissance to Realism. The final focus area is on art through a postcolonial lens from Cubism to Socially relevant art.
Art Capstone: Students create a diverse portfolio that includes projects that use additive, subtractive, fabric, and found objects while developing their own narrative.
Painting, Drawing, Sculpture/Installation: Students are challenged to demonstrate the ability to push painting into other areas that may include installation, object-making, performance and time-based media.