“As for looking back, I am the most fortunate person in the world to have the family and friends that I have in life, in art and art education,” Gunter said.
The show features various pieces and series Gunter has saved over the years which have special meaning to her, including a self portrait she completed during her last year of college to win Best in Show at the 1981 South Carolina College Art Show.
Gunter earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Limestone College, and she also holds both a master’s degree in art education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina. She taught art in Union and Spartanburg counties for 21 years before going into educational administration with Union County Schools.
During her teaching career, Gunter received the South Carolina Secondary Art Educator of the Year award and the South Carolina Art Educator of the Year award from the South Carolina Art Education Association.
Gunter has published in the fields of art and general education, including “The History of Art Education in South Carolina,” which was co-written with former South Carolina Department of Education Music Consultant Ray Doughty. She is a recipient of the Limestone College Outstanding Alumna in Education award.
Gunter has exhibited widely in the state and she is a member of the Spartanburg Artists’ Guild and the Union County Arts Council. Currently, she serves as Director of the Union County Learning Center — which includes Adult Education, the Family Resource Center, and the Achievement Academy — as well as Fine Arts facilitator for the district. She is also the Coordinator of Graduate Art Education at Converse College.
For more information, call the Union County Arts Council at (864) 429-2817.