Peter Hutton is the Charles Franklin Kellogg and Grace E. Ramsey Kellogg Professor of the Arts at Bard College. Hutton studied painting, sculpture, and film at the San Francisco Art Institute under the tutelage of Robert Nelson, Bruce Nauman, and Bruce Conner.
His students at Bard—and other institutions, including Hampshire College and Harvard University—have included Sadie Benning, Matthew Buckingham, Ken Burns, Hal Hartley, and Mira Nair. Also a former merchant seaman, Hutton has spent nearly 40 years voyaging around the world, often by cargo ship, to create meditative, luminously photographed, and intimately diaristic studies of place, from the Yangtze River to the Polish industrial city of Lódz, and from the fjord valley and coastline of northern Iceland to a ship graveyard on the Bangladeshi shore. In 2008, the Museum of Modern Art held a retrospective of Hutton's career, featuring 18 films and spanning four decades of work. His films have been shown in major museums and at festivals in the United States and Europe, such as the Whitney Biennial (1985, 1991, 1995, 2004). He is been awarded the DAAD Berliner, Dutch Film Critics Award, and Guggenheim Fellowship, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Rockefeller Foundation. He holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has been on the Bard faculty since 1984. Photo by Pete Mauney