Rick Hurst - Digital / Visual Artist

Deaf since the age of two, and a native of Hattiesburg, MS, Rick graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a major in Graphic Arts and minors in Art History & Advertising.  Not finding a job in the arts field, Rick joined the federal government in the early 80’s, and eventually retired in Washington, DC as a paralegal.


Moving to the Gulf Coast of Alabama, he converted his new garage into an artist’s studio and used his skills in acrylics and watercolors to participate in art markets, artists’ co-ops, galleries and art shows, often winning awards.


Rick began experimenting with digital photos of nature and architecture, altering colors and combining them in multiple overlays and exposures. Since he moved to St Petersburg in 2016, Rick has been creating digital artworks that entice his audience and stimulate their imaginations.

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Art Education


2012-14 “Exploring the Abstract,” Joan Blackburn Studio, Pensacola, FL (One week per year)


1984      Summer Course in Illustration, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY


1982      Bachelor of Fine Arts with minors in Art History & Advertising, University of Southern Mississippi,

              Hattiesburg, MS

As an Art Educator

2013-15 Volunteer art class instructor for multiple groups:  Mobile AL Museum of Art, Alabama Institute for the

             Deaf & Blind, Space 301 Gallery (Mobile Center for the Living Arts), The Exceptional Foundation of the

             Gulf Coast (Daphne, AL), and in several secondary schools in Mississippi and Florida

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Aug thru 2016 Jan    “Rick Hurst Art,” Daphne City Hall Art Gallery, Daphne, AL

                                       (One-man show, 26 artworks.  Acrylics, watercolors, digitals)

Catalogs / Magazines / Zines / Art Books

2020 September       “Art Folio 2021,” Day III Productions – Dallas, TX (Curated) (Forthcoming)

2020 August             "Rick Hurst Art - Zurich 2.0," ​ArtBox Project, Zurich, Switzerland,

                                 (11 pp., Bio, 15 artworks)   Zurich 2.0 Catalog

2020 May                  Xanadu Art Gallery Catalogue, Scottsdale, AZ (3 artworks)

2020 March               “Rick Hurst Art - Barcelona 1.0,” ArtBox Project, Zurich, Switzerland,

                                 (16 pp., Bio, 15 artworks) ISBN: 978-3-03899-295-0  Barcelona 1.0 Catalog 

2019 December         “Rick Hurst Art - Miami 2.0,” ArtBox Project, Zurich, Switzerland,

                                 (16 pp., Bio, 14 artworks) ISBN: 978-3-03899-295-0  Miami 2.0 Catalog

2019 September       "Best Inspirational Contemporary Artists I" - Coffee Table Art Book

                                  Art Quench Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2 pp., Bio, 4 images)


2019 Third Edition     salann Magazine, Salt & Light Studios, Longmont, CO (2 pp.)

2015 First Quarter     Xanadu Art Gallery Catalogue, Scottsdale, AZ (p. 27, 3 artworks)

Group Exhibitions

2021 February

  - Deaf Surrealism, Dyer Arts Center (Rochester Institute of Technology) – Rochester, NY (Juried – Upcoming)

2021 Jan-Feb

  - iMotif Photography Exhibition, Sohn Fine Art – Lenox, MA (Juried - Upcoming)

2020 Oct-Dec   

  - 30th Annual All-Florida Art Show, Arts Council of Marin County – Stuart, FL (Juried – Upcoming)

2020 Sep

  - 2020 ARTDEX Art Competition, Prize Winner (1 of 10), ARTDEX | Art Collectors International – New York, NY


2020 July

  - Living in Color Exhibit, "Merit" Award (1 of 3), Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Saint Charles, IL (Juried)

2020 May

  - Deaf Visual Arts Festival – Virtual Online Gallery, “Best of Show” Award,

         DeafInc.org, St Louis, MO (Juried)

2020 April

  - Quarantine Art, Files & Film 2020 Digital Art Guide – Uncertain Times,

         FilesAndFilm.com Online Publication, St Petersburg, FL (Juried)


2020 Jan           

  - 2020 Art Fort Lauderdale - artINDIE, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Juried)

2019 Dec          

  - ArtBox Project Miami 2.0, Art Basel, Miami, FL (Juried)


2019 Nov          

  - Snap to Grid Exhibit, L A Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA (Juried)

  - Sweater Weather Exhibit, Chad Mize Gallery, St Petersburg, FL (Juried)

2019 Oct           

  - Open Source Exhibit, L A Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA (Juried)

  - ArtBox Talent Exhibit, ArtBox Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland (Juried)

2019 Sept

  - Open Source Exhibit, L A Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA (Juried)

2019 August

  - Open Source Exhibit, L A Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA (Juried)

2019 July

  - Open Source Exhibit, L A Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA (Juried)

  - HCA Cellphone Photo Contest, Roberts Museum of Art, Avon Park, FL (Juried)

2019 May/June

  - Florida Deaf Art Show, Pinellas Park, FL (Juried)

  - Tampa Regional Artists Gallery, Old Hyde Park, South Tampa, FL (Juried)


  - Private commissions in St Petersburg & St Pete Beach, FL


  - InstaPete Gallery Contest, St Petersburg, FL (Awards, Juried)


  - Greater Boston Area Usher Syndrome 1F Collaborative Fundraising Event, Newton, MA (Participating Artist)

2015 May/June   

  - Quayside Gallery, Pensacola, FL (Juried Exhibit)


  - Fairhope Artist’s Gallery, Fairhope, AL (Artist’s Co-op, Juried)

  - Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, Gulf Shores, AL (Artist’s Co-op, Juried)

  - Member’s Judge Art Show, Daphne Art Center, Daphne, AL (Participating Judge)


  - Cathedral Square Gallery, Mobile, AL (Artist’s Co-op, Juried)

  - University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL (Fall Art Exhibit, Juried)

  - Colors of the Coast Contest, Mobile, AL (“People’s Choice” Award, Juried)

  - Quayside Gallery, Pensacola, FL (Juried Exhibit)

  - Shores Arts Alliance, Gulf Shores, AL (Monthly Art Market)

  - Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope, AL (Exhibiting Artist, Juried)

  - Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF), Montgomery, AL (“Best of Ornamental”

    Purchase Award in the AWF Flora & Fauna Art Competition) (Category Winner, Juried)

  - Patina Gallery, Fairhope, AL (Exhibiting Artist Juried)

  - Daphne Art Center, Daphne, AL (Award, Juried)


  - Innova Art Gallery, Mobile, AL (Artist’s Co-op, Juried)

  - Teala’s Treasures, Foley, AL (Exhibiting Artist, Juried)

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