After ten years of professional practice in graphic design, and completion of an MFA in Boston University’s School of the Arts, Mr. Hudson joined the UNC Charlotte Department of Art in 1988. Former positions include 2nd VP/Creative Director/Manager of Design Services at New England Mutual Life (The New England), Boston; Advertising /Promotions Design Director for the Marketing Services Division of National Service Industries, Atlanta. He began his career as a graphic designer for The Lithokrome Company after completion of his BFA in Graphic Design at the University of Georgia.
In his first year at UNC Charlotte, he worked with others to develop the department’s first BFA curriculum; leading the development of the graphic design concentration specifically. Serving as the Area Coordinator for the concentration until 2009, Eldred was instrumental in acquiring the faculty, equipment, and facilities that have since provided the framework for steady growth and program refinement in graphic design, digital media and illustration. Specializing in corporate communications design and brand development, he has developed and taught courses at all levels of graphic design, and illustration, and has taught 2D Design, Developmental Art and courses in Art Education.
Eldred served as Department Chair from 2009 until 2018. He remains involved in client-based design projects; primarily for non-profit organizations, and continues to create mixed media artworks for exhibition and private/corporate commissions.