Gene Hedge was born (1928) and raised in rural Indiana. After military service, he briefly attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. There he encountered the writing of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and the following year (1949) went to study at the Institute of Design in Chicago. He received a B.S. degree in Visual Design from the Institute of Design (1953), and he also took courses at the Art Institute of Chicago and began working in collage. 

During this period, the influence of Eugene Dana (painter 1912-1996), Aaron Siskind (photographer 1903-1991), and Robert Nickle (designer & collagist 1919-1980) became especially important, first as teachers at the Institute of Design and later as friends. At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hedge became involved with the Exhibition Momentum group of young artists, exhibiting his collages in the 1954 show.

Picked-up by Allan Frumkin Gallery in Chicago, Hedge soon began to show his distinctive collage-paintings in group shows around the United States including the Carnegie International exhibition in Pittsburgh (1955) and the Art Institute of Chicago (1956). It was in this year that Hedge relocated to New York City. 

His work was then included in the New Talent/Art in America at New York City’s Rockefeller Center (1959), Contemporary American Painting at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1963), Collage in America at the Museum of Modern Art (1966), 100 Years: 100 Artists at Art Institute of Chicago (1979). Hedge was represented by B.C. Holland Gallery (Chicago) and the Poindexter Gallery (New York), and he also showed at the Stable Gallery (New York) and other galleries and museums across the United States.

In the early 1970s, Hedge began traveling to explore new landscapes, art and architecture, especially that of the Southwestern United States, the Middle-East, and India. During these often-lengthy journeys, he photographically documented all that he was experiencing visually.  Having formally studied multiple artistic disciplines, Hedge expanded his work exploring new painting techniques and lithography.

From an early age, Hedge observed an asymmetrical order to natural objects like fruit, fish, feathers, or seashells. Using macro-digital photography and large format printmaking, Hedge’s work provides a viewer with a sense of joy and wonder through un-manipulated images of natural visual organizations normally unseen by the human eye.

Gene Hedge taught students and teachers and developed educational programs in design at the School of Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. (1968 -1973), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (1980-1986).

Hedge’s works are represented in the permanent collections of:
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Bauhaus Chicago Archive (Chicago, IL)
The Chase Manhattan Bank (New York, NY)
Chicago Historical Society, Institute of Design Collection, (Chicago, IL)
James Michener Collection at Blanton Art Museum (Austin, Texas)
The Lannan Foundation (Santa Fe, NM)
Poindexter Collection at Yellowstone Art Museum (Billings, MT)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL)
Union Carbide (New York)
University of Illinois, Institute of Design Archive, (Chicago, IL)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)
And private collections

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