Alumni Artists-In-Residence

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Clara Hoag

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Clara Grace Hoag was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She received two BFAs from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2009, and she recently received an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia in Athens in 2013.

In her work, Clara uses the suggestion of structure—both architectural and social—to address issues of the human condition: how people are composed, how they compose the world around them, and how complex or elemental that world can be. She says, “Soaring skyscrapers, complex scaffolding, and accumulations of slum housing describe the complexity of 21st Century life—from the dynamic social constructions that keep our world running to the systemic problems that oppress us every day. Single buildings celebrate individuality or highlight the mundane; amalgamations of architecture create tenuous landscapes, where fragility and stability foil each other, constantly seeking balance.”

During her residency at HCCC, Clara plans to accomplish several goals. She intends to make her art more confrontational by increasing the scale of her work; she plans to use construction materials to make her sculptures more gravity defying; and she wants to continue developing her architectural language by integrating new materials, such as concrete, spray foam, plaster, wood, and metal, into each piece.

Clara has participated in group and solo shows in Illinois, Georgia, and Florida, and she is represented by three galleries in Illinois and North Carolina. She also plays a mean banjo! She will be with HCCC from March – August, 2014. To learn more about her work, visit http://claragracehoag.com/home.html.

Above, from top to bottom: Clara Hoag. Photo courtesy the artist. Clara Hoag, "Babel," 2013. Earthenware. 22" x 11" x 6." Photo by Clara Hoag.

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Sarah Mizer

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Originally from Providence, RI, Sarah Mizer is a Richmond, Virginia-based artist whose work ranges from billboards to small glass objects. Sarah has exhibited extensively, reaching galleries from Los Angeles to New York, Milwaukee to Houston, and including her hometowns: Richmond and Providence. Recently, her glasswork was part of a contemporary craft exhibition, Ambiguity and Interface, curated by Ray Cass and Howard Risatti at the Taubman Museum. Sarah’s work is in public collections at Alfred University and Pam and Bill Royall’s Try-Me, as well as many private collections.

While in residence at HCCC, Sarah will be working to bridge her glass installations, drawing, and billboards practices into a more cohesive body of work. She is taking time off from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is the administrative director and assistant professor in the Art Foundation Program. Sarah also sits on the Board of Directors for 1708 Gallery. With a background in glass, she holds her MFA from VCUarts, in the Craft/Material Studies department, and her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Sarah will be with HCCC through August of 2014. Learn more about her work at http://www.sarahrbmizer.com/.

Above, from top to bottom: Sarah Mizer. Photo courtesy the artist. Sarah Mizer, "Rainbow Rocks." 2013. Ink, Gouache and vinyl on paper. Photo courtesy the artist.