Current Artists-In-Residence

Hillerbrand+Magsamen

Interdisciplinary Craft + Photography Residency

Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s practice utilizes collaboration, process, and media experimentation through video, photography, installation, sculpture, and interdisciplinary performance. They explore their relationships to each other and society with an uncanny sensibility that merges the real and unreal, blurring boundaries between life and art, and often include their two children, Maddie and Emmett, in their work.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s work has been presented at festivals such as Ann Arbor Film Festival, Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX), CounterCurrent Festival (Houston, TX), and Diffusion Photography Festival (Wales, UK). Exhibitions include the Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI), Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY), and Center for Photography Woodstock (Woodstock, NY). They have received grants from Sustainable Arts Foundation, Austin Film Society, Houston Arts Alliance, and Experimental Television Center and participated in numerous residency programs, including Wassaic Projects (Wassaic, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), I-Park (East Haddam, CT), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York, NY), Experimental Television Center (Owego, NY), Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC), Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX), and Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM).

Stephan Hillerbrand is an associate professor at the University of Houston. Mary Magsamen is the curator at Aurora Picture Show. For more information, visit http://www.hillerbrandmagsamen.com/.

Hong Hong

Paper

Hong Hong is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice sits at the intersection of craft, painting, and earthwork. Born in Hefei, China, she immigrated with her mother to North Dakota when she was 10 years old. Hong earned her MFA from University of Georgia in 2014 and her BFA from the State University of New York in 2011. Since then, Hong has traveled across the United States to make site-responsive monumental paper works. In her nomadic practice, traditional processes of Tibetan and Japanese papermaking coalesce with feminist rituals and performances.

Hong’s artwork has been exhibited at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Georgia Museum of Art, Real Art Ways, Penland School of Crafts, Madison Museum of Fine Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Jewett Arts Center, and New Mexico History Museum. Hong is the recipient of fellowships and grants from MacDowell, Yaddo, National Endowment for the Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, and Connecticut Office for the Arts. Her work has been reviewed by Art21, Artnet News, Hyperallergic, Art New England, Hand Papermaking, and Two Coats of Paint.

To learn more about Hong’s work, visit https://www.honghong.studio/.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Stephanie Robison

Fiber

The sculpture of Stephanie Robison plays with multiple oppositional relationships. Working with industrial fabrics and wood, she creates large-scale installations that examine relationships between culture, nature, and the built environment. Her latest series of work combines traditional stone carving and the process of needle felting wool. By merging incongruous materials such as wool and marble, she works to synthesize and fuse: organic and geometric, natural and architectural, handmade and the uniform industrial. Focusing on materiality and color with this new work, Robison creates charming, often humorous or awkward forms referencing aspects of the body, relationships, and the environment. While in residence at HCCC, Robison plans to expand her current body of work by gaining material knowledge through further exploration into needle felting and stone carving.

Originally from Oregon, Robison currently resides in California, where she teaches sculpture at the City College of San Francisco and serves as educational director for the California Sculptors Symposium. Robison holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Marylhurst University and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Oregon. Her work has been exhibited at Whatcom Museum and Tacoma Art Museum in Washington; Marin Museum of Contemporary Art and Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in California; Peter Robertson Gallery in Alberta, Canada; Yeiser Art Center in Kentucky; and Site:Brooklyn Gallery in New York. To learn more, visit http://www.stephanierobison.com/.

Photo Courtesy of the artist.

Kirstin Willders

Clay

Kirstin Wilders headshotKirstin Willders is a multi-disciplinary artist working in wheel-thrown ceramics, light, and mixed materials. Her work is concerned with structures, the sacred, the sublime, and the senses. She utilizes canonical architectural structure as an entry point to social structures, personal identity, and proprioceptive experience. Somatic presence and sensory engagement are also integral to her work. With a background in both ceramics and art history, Kirstin’s studio practice is rooted in material and historical research and has been significantly impacted by extended periods of time spent studying in Italy.

Kirstin received a BFA in ceramics and a BA in art history from Kent State University in 2012. She went on to earn an MA in Italian Renaissance Art History from Syracuse University’s graduate program in Renaissance Art in 2017. In 2020, she graduated from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University with an MFA in ceramic art. She was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Student Achievement Award by the International Sculpture Center. Learn more about Kirstin’s work at www.kirstinwillders.com.

 

Photo courtesy of the artist.