FullSizeRenderMar Hester is a photosculptor studio artist and educator working in Durham, NC. Before completing her MFA in 2016, Mar previously worked as a concert photographer, photographing major musical artists and the traveling festival culture throughout the southeast.

Mar’s sculptural work and photographs have been shown in galleries and other venues across the United States and Canada since 2007. She was awarded second place at the 4th Annual Photography competition in Jackson Hole, WY and acted as exhibition judge for the 5th Annual Juried Photo Exhibition in Fletcher, NC.

In addition, her photographs have been featured in over 15 different publications including weekly and daily newspapers as well as on four covers of a nationally distributed magazine. In 2017, her work was published internationally in “Iceview,” an Icelandic artist publication.

Mar’s studio is currently at Golden Belt and she is also a member of the Durham Art Guild. Artist Residencies include Nes Artist Residency – Skagastrond, Iceland, Vermont Studio Center – Johnson, VT and Elsewhere Studios – Paonia, CO. Most recently, Mar completed a 6-month residency as a Regional Emerging Artist at Artspace in Raleigh, NC.

Currently, Mar is teaching photography at Durham School of the Arts.


To see a different side of my photographic work, please visit my Visual Essays (Blog)