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Bill Hutson Collection

Identifier: MS 073


This collection documents the professional career of contemporary African-American artist Bill Hutson. It contains personal materials relating to Bill Hutson's career as a fine artist and teacher. As a fine artist, these items include resumes, prizes, fellowships, exhibitions, interviews, images of artwork, personal photographs, and sales. As a teacher, items include C.V.s, employment histories, contracts, course syllabi, guest lectures, bibliographies, and curated exhibitions. -- The bulk of the collection consists of exhibition materials (catalogs and announcements) collected by Bill Hutson from 1970 to 2010. These unique materials document the development of African-American abstract art in the later half of the 20th century. In addition, the collection richly chronicles Bill Hutson?s individual and group exhibitions over the course of five decades. -- Contemporaries of Bill Hutson who are extensively chronicled in the collection include Edward Clark, Alvin Loving, Melvin Edwards, Sam Middleton, Howardena Pindell, Frank Bowling, Nanette Carter, Sam Gilliam, Joe Overstreet, Jack Whitten, Yvonne Pickering Carter, Richard Mayhew, William T. Williams, Herbert Gentry, Benny Andrews, Bob Blackburn, and Romare Bearden.


  • 1925-2016,
  • Majority of material found within 1970-2020


Language of Material

The majority of materials are in English, some in French.

Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Publication may be restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

American artist William R. Hutson was born on September 6, 1936, in San Marcos, TX. Hutson studied at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA, and the San Francisco Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA. Hutson has been a guest speaker or visual arts educator at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; The University of Paris-Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France; Ecole Nationale d' Art et Manufacture, Libreville, Gabon; Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; The National Museum of Art, Lagos, Nigeria; Lalit Kala Akademy, the National Academy of Art, New Delhi, India and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. -- Throughout his career, Bill Hutson has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Cassandra Foundation Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Currently, the artist lives and works in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he is the Jennie Brown Cook and Betsy Hess Cook Distinguished Artist-In-Residence, and Assistant Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History, at Franklin and Marshall College. -- Hutson's work has been shown in solo exhibitions at numerous museums and galleries and is included in the permanent collections of the Brandywine Graphic Workshop, Philadelphia, PA; Arco Collection, Philadelphia, PA; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD; Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA; Editions George Visat, Paris, France; Boysmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; National Museum of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia and the San Francisco Museum of Modem Art, San Francisco, CA.


35 Linear feet (78 boxes)


Collection: organized into five main series, then arranged by format and chronological sequence in various sub-series. The five main series include: Exhibition materials; Bill Hutson materials (career, teaching and exhibitions papers); Miscellaneous materials; Audio-visual materials; Slides (35 mm).

Ownership and Custodial History

All of the materials in this collection were donated to the college in 2010 by artist and former F&M professor Bill Hutson. A feature article describing the gift can be found in the Summer 2010 issue of F&M Magazine. The feature is also accessible online at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Bill Hutson. Address--Lancaster, Pa. Method of acquisition--Gift (ongoing); Date of acquisition--2010-.

Related Archival Materials

In addition to the Bill Hutson Collection MS 73, over 500 works of art, including paintings, sculpture, prints, and works on paper are housed at the Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin and Marshall College. Also housed at the Phillips Museum is the Bill Huston Poster Collection, comprising 415 cataloged exhibition and event posters relating to 20th century African-American and abstract art. A significant collection of monographs relating to African-American history and art can also be accessed via the college library's online catalog. A keyword search for "Bill Huston Collection" will reveal the accessioned titles..

Related collection includes the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection of Abstract Art by Black Artists located at the Saint Louis Museum of Art. A link to the collection finding aid can be found here

An overview of the collection can be found here

Processing Information

Processing completed 2012; 2016.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States