Gene Hood grew up in Columbia, SC. He attended Davidson College but transferred to the University of South Carolina upon deciding to major in art. He received a BFA degree in drawing from USC in 1976. In 1978 Gene entered the MFA program at the University of Florida, studying primarily with John O’Connor and Ken Kerslake. He received his MFA in drawing in 1980. Hood then decided to pursue further study in the area of art history, and entered the masters program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He left UNC in 1981 for the PhD program in Comparative Arts at Ohio University. He completed coursework by 1984, whereupon he took a position with the Department of Art of the University Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Dr. Hood completed his dissertation and received his doctoral degree in 1989. In 1993 Gene traveled to Scotland to teach on the Wisconsin-in-Scotland program in Dalkeith. In fall 1996 Hood took on full-time teaching of art history at UWEC. Gene and his wife Lisa have two children, Olivia and Iain, who accompanied their parents to Scotland in 1999 and 2005, where Gene taught on the WIS Program for a second and third time. Dr. Hood served as Chair of the Department of Art & Design at UWEC in 2001-2004. His current scholarly interest is researching the art and architecture in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Krakow, and Budapest as preparation for teaching on the Central European Travel Seminar.