Artist in Residence

 

 

      

Ceramics

Aaron J. Becker

Aaron Becker’s current portfolio consists primarily of vases and pouring pots that question the ideas of containment and challenges the concept of form for utility versus form for aesthetic design. The pots are created around the ideas of these vessels functioning in a domestic space and how relationships with these objects are changing. He is interested in the interpersonal relationships that people form with the objects around them in today's material culture.

 

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Drawing & Painting

Alex Boersma

Alex Boersma is an artist and scientific illustrator from Toronto, ON. She received a BA in Geology and Studio Art from Vassar College in 2015, and a Master’s in Science Illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay in 2017. Her artwork engages with the tradition of natural history illustration as a visual record of our changing relationships to non-human organisms. As an illustrator, Alex works with museums, scientists, and conservationists, creating visuals to engage the public in scientific ideas.


alexboersma.com

 

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Printmaking & Book Arts

Rachelle Hill

Rachelle Hill is a printmaker, artist and educator from Chicago. Born in Pontiac, Michigan, and raised near Metro Detroit, Rachelle received her undergraduate degree at Northeastern Illinois University in printmaking and her MFA in printmaking at Northern Illinois University. She works at various print shops across the city and as a teaching artist, bringing transformative arts education to Chicago youth. Her current work explores mapping as a way to investigate land and identity, creating a dialogue through the use of abstraction to contemplate how home and landscape condition the way we approach the world.

rachellehill.virb.com/rachelle-hill 

 

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Metalsmithing & Jewelry

Younha Jung

Younha was born in Busan, South Korea, and moved to the United States in 2012. She graduated from Silla University with a BFA in 2007, and a Master of Fine Arts in 2009. She obtained an additional MFA from Kent State University in 2015. After graduating, she moved to Houston for an Artist In Residency position at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Her specialty is wearable contemporary metalwork through which she has been working to express emotional changes that humans feel as part of a course of adaptation to the change in their surroundings.


younhajung.com

 

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Digital Arts & Photography

PWMD (Marissa Dembkoski & Paal Williams)

PWMD is a collaborative artist team composed of Marissa Dembkoski and Paal Williams. They received their BFAs from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Photography and Art History in 2017. Their work intertwines artistic tensions from the history of photography, and contemporary modes of photographic production to question the constructs of visual culture. They are currently living and working in St. Louis, MO. 

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Metalsmithing & Jewelry

Danni Xu

Danni Xu is a recent graduate student from Indiana University Bloomington with a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design, with a dual degree in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management. Danni enjoys spending time in her studio working on limited production work and hoping to create one-of-kind hand fabricated jewelry line in the future. Her body of work ranges from wearable art jewelry to installation art. Danni just finished her solo exhibition in the spring, showcasing her past three years research work about personal wellness development. Her works has been exhibited in various location throughout the United States.

dannixu.com

 

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Ceramics

Shiyuan Xu

Shiyuan Xu was born in Hangzhou, P.R China. Shiyuan received her BA in Ceramics from China Academy of Art in 2012, and an MFA from Arizona State University in 2016. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, which includes Untied States, South Korea, Slovenia and China. Shiyuan is the recipient of 2017 Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist, and she has been awarded multiple prestigious artist residencies, such as Archie Bray Foundation, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Lawrence Arts Center. 

 

 

 

 

 

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