MacArthur Fellows Program

Gary R. Hill

Video Artist | Class of 1998

Video Artist
Seattle, Washington
47 at time of award
Area of Focus
Moving Image
Published July 1, 1998

About Gary's Work

Gary Hill is an artist who has produced a large body of single-channel video works and mixed-media installations.

Originally a sculptor, Hill began working with sound and video in the early 1970s. His use of text, speech, and image explores the physicality of language and issues of perception and viewer interactivity. For example, in his piece, Tall Ships (1992), the viewer enters the space in which the video images are projected. The boundary between viewer and image is blurred as the images of people approach and recede in ghostly cadence. The thresholds between language and image, silence and sound, and light and darkness are of primary concern in much of Hill’s work.


Hill is a visiting professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and at the Le Fresnoy, Studio Nationale des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing, France. He has taught at the State University of New York, Buffalo (1979-80), Bard College (1983), and the Cornish College of the Arts (1985-92). His works were featured in two solo traveling exhibitions, one organized by the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle (1994) and another organized by the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, in Wolfsburg, Germany (2001).

Gary Hill is self-educated.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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