Current 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

Glass

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.

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Caitie Sellers

Metal

Caitie Sellers received her BFA in Craft/Material Studies from Viriginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. After graduating, she spent the summer of 2008 teaching jewelry-making lessons to women in isolated regions near Xela, Guatemala. Upon returning to the U.S., Caitie moved between Montana and North Carolina, developing her own jewelry, working professionally as a floral designer, and assisting artists such as Joanna Gollberg, Natalya Pinchuk, and Amy Tavern.

Caitie’s work is informed by her observations of the many places she’s lived, from rural Virginia to Central America. She is interested in themes of urbanization, architecture, and social development. During her residency at HCCC, Caitie will use the local landscape of Houston to inspire a new body of work that will be a mixture of ink and wire drawings for the body and for the wall.

Caitie was chosen to speak at the 2012 Society of North American Goldsmiths’ conference as a Spotlight Emerging Artist and was a finalist for the Society for Contemporary Craft’s LEAP Award. Caitie will be with HCCC from December 2013 through August 2014. To learn more about her work, visit http://www.caitiesellers.com/.

Above, from top to bottom: Caitie Sellers. Photo courtesy the artist. Caitie Sellers, "Megawatt Earrings," 2013. Sterling silver and steel. 2.5"x 1.25.” Photo by the artist.

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Delaney Smith

Fiber

Delaney Smith is a visual artist working primarily with paper and bookmaking to create sculptures and interactive books. With a focus on aligning process and inherent qualities of material, she explores the ideas of accumulation, transformation, and duality. Her interactive books develop as the viewer alters the pages, creating a unique story of marks and questioning expectations of how one should approach a book.

Delaney received her BFA in graphic communications from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MFA in fibers from the University of North Texas. Her work has recently been selected for Materials Hard and Soft and is part of the permanent collection at Texas Women’s State University. She has received several grants and scholarships from the University of North Texas, including the B. Craig Raupe Travel Grant to attend the Yuma Art Symposium in Yuma, Arizona.

During her one-year residency, Delaney will continue to explore interactivity in her sculptures and books. She finds inspiration in collaborative environments and challenges herself to stay receptive.  Interchange with visitors and further experimentation with materials will shape her work. She will be with HCCC through August of 2014.  For more information, visit http://delaneysmithstudio.com/.

Above, from top to bottom: Delaney Smith. Photo courtesy the artist. Delaney Smith, "Knebix," 2013. Cast repurposed paper. Photo by Matt Golden.