Gordon Huether was born in Rochester, NY in 1959, to German immigrant parents. Having dual
citizenship in Germany and the U.S., Huether has spent much time traveling between both
countries. Huether learned art composition and appreciation at an early age from his father. In the
course of his initial artistic explorations, Huether was determined to create a lasting impact on the
world around him through the creation of large-scale works of art. In 1987, committed to this goal,
Huether founded his studio in Napa, California with a mission to create site-specific art
In 1989, Huether was awarded his first public art commission for the University of Alaska
Geophysical Institute. Given the opportunity to collaborate with a building design and construction
team on this project, Huether was able to achieve a significant step in his career as an artist. His
careful consideration of the artwork installation in context with the space and its users has led to
many major public art awards around the globe.
During his frequent visits to Germany in the early 1990s, Huether’s aesthetic vision took an
important turn, which was influenced by Professor Johannes Schreiter. While the medium of
glass had initially inspired Huether’s material impulses, Schreiter’s work inspired him to unlock
and express vital ideas and humanistic passion in his own work. Huether began to concentrate on
the intellectual and emotional message one can deliver through an artistic creation. His work
became about communicating a story, and not just creating objects of beauty.
For more than 25 years, Napa artist Gordon Huether has been creating large-scale, site-specific
art installations integrated into architecture and landscape for both public and private clients
throughout the world. Huether’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries across the
country and he has received more than 60 public art commissions and more than 150 private
Projects have included art installations for airports, corporations, civic buildings, hotels and
hospitals, libraries, museums, parking garages, recreation and transportation centers and,
Huether has extensive experience working with a variety of materials including glass, wood, resin,
composite materials, and metal, such as aluminum, bronze, and steel. As well as, salvaged
metals, found objects, water, and lighting sources including LED’s on the installations he creates.
Huether also creates fine art pieces that give him the opportunity for exploration, self-discovery
and the telling of stories through a multitude of materials. Much of his work is inspired by the
effects nature has on man-made materials such as the rusty patterns present in deteriorating
metal. These materials, translated into works of art, serve as a reminder of the temporal character
of man’s achievements and the awe-inspiring forces of nature.