wilson hurst

315 east Gay street

Warrensburg, MO 64093



Doctor of Philosophy, Visual Arts, Philosophy, Aesthetics, & Art Theory

May 2013 - In-Process

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts

Portland, Maine


Master of Fine Arts, Visual Art

August 2010 - August 2012

Vermont College of Fine Arts

Montpelier, Vermont


Master of Science, Printing Technology

June 1981 - October 1982

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York


Bachelor of Science, Professional Photography

June 1979 - May 1981

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York


Bachelor of Science, Biology

September 1969 - May 1973

University of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Professional Experience


October 1973 - Present


North America

Approaching fine art philosophically, personal work is devoted to visual image creation employing diverse photographic processes. Leverage the intrinsic unique characteristics of energy, matter, space, and time to explore the boundaries of physical and transcendent existence. Exhibit images in juried shows and select art galleries.


Adjunct Professor

January 2016 - Present

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho

Teaching on-line photography courses for the Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion.


Assistant Professor

August 2002 - May 2013

The University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

Tenured in the School of Technology and teaching a range of visual communication courses including photography, imaging technologies, and color science. Engaged in ongoing scholarship; photography area coordinator; industry consultant.


Corporate Graphic Arts Coordinator

June 1991 - June 2002

American Greetings

Cleveland, Ohio

Maintained knowledge of technical developments in graphic arts to improve printing and publishing methods. Provided leadership, strategic planning, coordination, and training in graphic arts technical issues for the production plants, prepress areas, and creative design studios. Evaluated and recommended graphics production equipment. Initiated projects at the cutting edge including image processing, direct-cylinder engraving, direct-to-plate systems, and creative computer front-end systems. Collaborated with marketing, creative, and other functional areas to develop new products and enhancements for greeting cards, gift-wrap, and other printed products.


Principal Printing Engineer

October 1990 - April 1991

DataCard Corporation

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Assumed the role of technological leadership in five international printing plants devoted to lithography and screen-printing on plastic substrates. Provided upper management consultation on technological matters germane to printing and imaging technology. Surveyed print production operations and provided analysis on the existing graphics capabilities.


Research Director

October 1985 - October 1990

Realtron Corporation

Denver, Colorado

Directed the design, development, and implementation of printing and publishing technology applied to real estate multiple listing services, emphasizing electronic pre-press text and graphics integration with output on non-impact printers. Improved print production systems to increase manufacturing efficiencies at desired quality levels, including projection plate making methods. Counseled upper management concerning prevailing graphic arts technology. Developed new production systems to service existing business, as well as developing new systems to service entirely new markets.


Coordinator Special Projects

June 1984 - October 1985

Scitex America

Boston, Massachusetts

Researched graphic arts technology associated with specific applications and identified new opportunities and potential development projects involving complex computer-based imaging systems. Prepared comprehensive dissertations and proposals for new development projects based on research. Monitored and documented project progress against technological trends, schedules, and budgets.


Manufacturing Process Designer

December 1982 - April 1984

Clarke Printing, Inc.

San Antonio, Texas

Analyzed and evaluated current and future graphic arts technology relevant to print production methodology at twelve check imprinting facilities, and made recommendations on enhancements. Initiated a research and development program for a non-impact printing press prototype. Planned the start-up of a new pre-press division supporting several lithographic offset web presses.



October 1973 - June 1979

United States Navy

North Atlantic Basin

Engaged in comprehensive flight training; designated a Naval Aviator in January 1975. Performed Naval Officer and operational pilot duties, primarily flying EC-130 Hercules aircraft, culminating in Aircraft Commander Status. Logged over 2,000 pilot-flight hours while conducting airborne communications missions.