Resident Artist

Above, from top to bottom: Kamila Szczesna. Photo courtesy the artist. Kamila Szczesna, “Objects no 40 & 41,” 2009. Porcelain, foam, string. Aprox. 13 in. x 9 x 5.5 in. each. Photo by Czeslaw Chwiszczuk.

Kamila Szczesna

Medium: Clay
Residency: December 1, 2013–
February 28, 2014

Kamila Szczesna is an interdisciplinary artist working in various media and formats, including ceramic sculptures, drawing, and installation. In her work, she explores the complex interactions between the human body and the human mind.

During her residency at HCCC, Kamila will complete a series of hand-shaped ceramic sculptures that present the human touch as evidence of one’s existence. Through the “Meteopatic” project, she will explore the correlation between weather conditions and specific qualities of her work—in specific, examining under which conditions the work tends to be more dynamic rather than static, simple rather than complex, and other factors. The works will be accompanied by a mapping of the weather conditions, paired with photographs, in the form of a 2D collage.

Though she has lived and worked in Galveston, TX, since 2002, Kamila was born in Poland, where she earned her master’s degree at the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw. Her work has been exhibited and is held in public collections in Poland, Japan, Spain, Germany, Korea, and Denmark, as well as in the United States. In addition to having been selected for several artist residencies throughout Poland and Germany, Kamila has received numerous awards, including the First Place Award at Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art; the First Prize at Contemporary Ceramics CERCO-09 in Zaragoza, Spain; and the Bronze Award at the 8th International Ceramics Competition in Tajimi City, Japan. She will be with HCCC through February, 2014. To learn more about Kamila’s work, visit https://www.kamilaszczesna.com/.

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The application for the 2025 – 2026 cycle opens January 1, 2025. It’s free to apply!

The Artist Residency Program is designed to offer time and space for craft artists to focus on their creative work and interact with the public. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all craft media, including but not limited to clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media.

The application for the 2025 – 2026 cycle opens January 1, 2025. It’s free to apply!

The Artist Residency Program is designed to offer time and space for craft artists to focus on their creative work and interact with the public. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all craft media, including but not limited to clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media.

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