Snowden Hodges was born in Baltimore and began drawing and painting in the nineteen-sixties under the tutelage of several of the well-known Maryland Realists including, Earl Hofmann, Joseph Sheppard, and other artists who studied with Jacques Maroger. He attended The Maryland Institute College of Art on a Senatorial Scholarship and received a BFA, cum laude, in 1970 and an MFA in 1976. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. His solo exhibitions include exhibits at The British Institute of Florence in Italy, Gump's Gallery in San Francisco, St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, The Queen Emma Gallery in Honolulu, the Commons Gallery at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the Koa Gallery. In 2002 his solo exhibition at The Honolulu Museum of Art, Snowden Hodges: Florence and the Labors of Hercules, received critical acclaim both in Honolulu and nationally.
His work has been featured in many juried and group exhibitions, among them: The Contemporary Art Museum in Honolulu, The Hawaii State Art Museum, The Phoenix-Chase Galleries Ltd., Baltimore, The Maryland Federation of Art Gallery in Annapolis, The Downtown Gallery of the Delaware Art Museum, the Johns Hopkins University, the Brad Cooper Gallery in Tampa Florida, and the Sanyo Hoso Gallery, in Takamatsu, Japan. In addition, his paintings have been selected eleven times for the prestigious annual "Artists of Hawaii Exhibit" at the Honolulu Museum of Art. And he is currently (until March 2, 2018) being honored at Gallery Iolani with 27 of his former students in an exhibit entitled: A Legacy of Teaching.
Many of his works are in important national and international private, public, and corporate collections, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., The Honolulu Museum of Art, the Hawaii State Art Museum, The Pacific Club of Honolulu, The First Hawaiian Bank, The Bank of Hawaii, Kagawa College in Shikoku, Japan, and the British Institute of Florence, Italy. In 2002 Hodges created Atelier Hawai’i, a program in classical realism. In this intensive, immersion curriculum students learned time-honored techniques of drawing and painting. Until 2012, when Hodges retired from teaching, the program was hugely successful, receiving critical acclaim and drawing students from Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, Europe, Canada, and the US mainland.
Hodges has received honors for his paintings and drawings including awards from The Delaware Art Museum, The Artist’s Magazine, The Brad Cooper Gallery in Florida, the “exit” gallery in Ohio, the American Museum of Art in Chicago, and awards in three exhibitions sponsored by the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce. In 1977 he was selected as the expedition artist as part of a National Geographic Society team studying prehistoric Native American structures and astronomy in the southwestern United States. He has received the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts -Acquisition Award five times. In 2002 Hodges was the subject of a short documentary “One- Minute-Egg”, which was produced by PBS Hawaii in conjunction with Egg the Arts Show on national PBS. In 2011 the Emmy Award winning documentary, Artists III by Stuart Yamane, featured Hodges and his Atelier Hawai’i. The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, in 2012, honored Hodges with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Art. In 2016 the KOA Board of Directors awarded Hodges a Lifetime Achievement Award, signifying his status as “a master artist who has been an inspiration to the community through the art he creates, which represents a lifetime achievement in the visual arts.” Hodges currently resides in Honolulu and is a University of Hawaii Professor Emeritus of Art. For more on Hodges, visit www.snowdenhodges.com.