Huguette Despault May holds Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University.  Earlier, she had studied at the Schuler School of Fine Arts (a classical atelier in Baltimore) and also received an Associate of Arts in Photography with honors from Dundalk Community College, Baltimore, Maryland. 

She served as curator for the contemporary drawing exhibition “Affirming the Hand” (’05) at the Courtyard Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and, since 2005, has exhibited her drawing work annually during the New Bedford Open Studios.  Her earlier pastel work appeared in the Annual Open Exhibition “For Pastels Only” at the National Arts Club in New York while a member of the Pastel Society of America. May’s photography was featured in Finding the Charm in Charm City (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998) and her illustrations were featured in The Baby Gear Guide (Addison-Wesley Publishers, 1985).

May has worked as an illustrator and in the 1990’s owned and operated Art & Image, a professional photography and digital restoration business.  The artist has maintained a studio in New Bedford since 2005, moving to the Hatch Street studios in 2007, where she finds the light and space ideal for working on her large charcoal drawings.  

Drawings from May’s “Hawser” series of rope images have been juried into four volumes of Studio Visit Magazine, A Contemporary Exhibition in Print (The Open Studios Press, 2008/09/10), and were featured on the cover of Volume Six.  Her work is in the corporate collections of MediTech in Fall River, Massachusetts and the Ciba Vision Global headquarters in Duluth, Georgia. In 2015, May's Hawser Series of drawings and related photographs ended a 12-city tour of university museums and galleries in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States.

May's recent Paper Nest drawings and photographs were most recently shown at Highfield Hall and Gardens, Falmouth, Massachusetts.