Alfred Heber Hutty (1877-1954) was a master painter and printmaker born in Grand Haven, Michigan. His first schooling in art was at the Kansas City School of Fine Arts, to which he was awarded a scholarship to study stained glass design. In 1908, he became one of the first artists to settle in the Art Students League colony at Woodstock, New York. During this period of about ten years, Hutty crafted stunning oils and watercolors of the natural surroundings of Woodstock. To supplement his income, he also worked at Tiffany's Studios designing stained glass windows.
Hutty first visited Charleston in 1920 and immediately fell in love, writing back to his wife, "Come quick, have found Heaven." His family, which included his only child, Warren Crafton Hutty moved to Charleston shortly thereafter. Hutty became the first professional director of the Carolina Art Association Art School, which is now the Gibbes Museum of Art. It is due to this initial relationship that the Gibbes is now the largest public repository of Hutty's work. Hutty is most known for printmaking, a medium he first dabbled in when he came to Charleston. His subject matter is primarily scenes of the Charleston Renaissanceâ€”from the surviving antebellum architecture to the large African American population. Hutty brought great attention to Charleston with his works and is shown in numerous museums and collections across America today.