Award-Winning Artist Sedrick Huckaby Helping Students Find Their Dreams at UTA

UT Arlington assistant professor of art Sedrick Huckaby’s large-scale portraits and quilt paintings have become identifiable and celebrated works of art across the country. But while his art career is important to him and his family, he continues to share his journey with students at UTA’s Art & Art History Department, helping young artists discovery and develop their dreams.

A Fort Worth native, the subjects of his paintings are mostly of his own family, their quilts and their African-American neighborhood. Huckaby is married to artist Letitia Huckaby and is the father of three children.

Before landing at UTA as a professor, Huckaby obtained his bachelors in fine arts degree from Boston University and a master’s of fine arts from Yale University.  With funds from the Alice Kimble English Traveling Fellowship, Huckaby was able to travel the U.S. and abroad studying the works of Henry Tanner.

He continues to be the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Most recently, Huckaby was recognized as the 2018 Texas State Visual Artist 2D by the Texas Commission on the Arts in May 2017.

Photo courtesy: The University of Texas at Arlington

In 2016, he was the winner of the 2016 Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award, given annually by the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University.

He’s won a Guggenheim Fellowship and has works in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum in New York City and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His self-portrait, “Sedrick, Sed, Daddy,” hangs in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., one of seven winners of the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

While he’s grateful for the numerous awards and accolades, Huckaby values his role as a professor at UT Arlington and he enjoys helping young students develop their talents.

“It’s been great to be a part of the Arlington community,” Huckaby said. “UTA has grown and it’s been a very positive experience for me. I was looking for a place that I could contribute. I searched around, they opened the door and low and behold, 10 years later, I’m still here.”