Current Artists-In-Residence

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Jonathan Clark

Mixed Media

Jonathan Clark was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, and moved to Houston, Texas, in 1996. He graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. Since graduating, he has worked as an artist, artist assistant, installer, design consultant, landscape designer and gallery curator.

The concept of Jonathan’s work is based on a strong interest in mathematical principles and scientific theories. He uses patterns and techniques of problem solving—such as ratios, fractals, tiling, proportions and correlations between macro and microcosms—that are found in the natural world. The Divine Proportion is the bass-line equation for his creative process to unfold. Found in nature from the furthest stars to our fingertips, the Divine Proportion can be used as a tool for discovery and understanding of regenerative and harmonious forms.

Jonathan uses mostly multiples of familiar materials, such as pencils, Q-tips, and matches, to create objects that have the ability to expand to seemingly endless shapes and sizes.

“I have nurtured my craft to be an experience of balancing the relationship of parts to the whole. The viewer can relate to the concept of the art form based on his/her own interpretation, experiences and interests. Often, there is more to discover the closer you examine the piece.” His intent for using math and science as a template is to provide an opportunity to learn more about our connection to the radiance of things.

Jonathan has completed artist residencies at Darke Gallery in Houston and in Breckenridge, Colorado. He had his first solo show, “Ratio,” at Darke Gallery in 2013. He has exhibited large-scale works—made from thousands of pencils–at the Houston Public Library and has been part of group shows at Anya Tish Gallery and Assistance League of Houston at Williams Tower. He has created numerous commissioned pieces of art, from small-scale collections to large-scale outdoor installations.

During his residency at HCCC, Jonathan wants to continue to create new components for his art and provide a clear correlation among his interests in math, science and nature through craft. He looks forward to interacting with the public to further his connection with the Houston community. He will be with HCCC through August of 2015.

For more information, visit: http://www.jonclarkart.com/

Above, from top to bottom: Jonathan Clark. Photo courtesy the artist. Jonathan Clark, "Super Pencil," 2014. Pencils. 5.5 feet long x 3 feet wide. Photo by Marisa Brodie.

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Terry Fromm

Metal

Terry Fromm grew up in Milwaukee, WI, and took her first junior art classes at the Milwaukee Art Institute. After getting a degree in Medical Technology from Marquette University and taking a long detour in a technical career at ExxonMobil, Terry now spends her time as a full-time artist and metalsmith living in Houston.

Terry began working with metal in 2010, taking her first jewelry classes with Courtney Grey at Creative Side Jewelry Academy in Austin, Texas. She has participated in metals workshops at Penland School of Crafts with Lola Brooks in 2011, and with Ndidi Ekubia in 2014; at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts with Michael Good in 2012; and at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts with John Cogswell. She is currently enrolled in the Diploma Certificate Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Glassell School of Art, where she has studied with Sandie Zilker, Nathan Dube, and Jan Harrell.

Terry’s metal art is constructed from a variety of metals that are often manipulated so that they mimic the look and characteristics of other softer materials. Inspired by flowing forms observed both in nature and in draping textiles, she creates small quantities of finely crafted jewelry and small sculptural vessels by transforming flat sheets of metal into simple, sculptural forms with an illusion of softness and movement. During her residency at HCCC, she plans to develop a cohesive body of sculptural work exploring the interplay of materials and properties.

Terry’s work has been exhibited in “CraftTexas 2014” at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; “The Glassell School of Art Annual Juried Student Exhibition 2015 and 2013;” “Rising Eyes of Texas 2015;” Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX (a statewide juried exhibition for undergraduate and graduate students emerging in the visual arts); and “Crafting the Cocktail: Handmade Objects and Implements for Classic and Modern Libations,” Craft in America Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2015. She is currently the president of the Houston Metal Arts Guild (HMAG) and a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

Terry will be with HCCC in July and August, 2015. To learn more about her work,visit www.terryfromm.com.

Above, from top to bottom: Terry Fromm. Photo courtesy the artist. Terry Fromm, “Shot Glasses and Tray,” 2015. Lead-free pewter, copper, enamel. Six fabricated pewter glasses rest on a hand raised and enameled copper tray. Photo by Gregg Jacob.

Natasha Hovey

Natasha Hovey

Clay

Natasha Hovey was born and raised in New Hampton, Iowa. She received her BFA from The University of Iowa in 2011 and recently received her MFA from The University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As a sculptor working in ceramics, Natasha is driven to explore the body’s internal systems at a microscopic level, utilizing the concept of the multiple through a slip-casting process. Curiosity of human physiology motivates her to explore the unfamiliar workings and genetic mappings within the human body, specifically her own genetic variations. Her work is influenced by historical anatomical imagery, as well as contemporary computer-generated models that abstract raw organic matter into two-dimensional form.

Natasha has recently exhibited work at the MANA Contemporary in Chicago and the Glassell School of Art at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has been awarded the University Wide Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, the Iowa Center for the Arts Council Award, and The University of Iowa Emerging Artist Scholarship. This past summer, she attended a ten-week residency at Sunday Morning @ European Work Center in the Netherlands, through NCECA’s International Residency Program.

She will be with HCCC from September, 2014, through August, 2015. To learn more about her work, please visit www.natashahovey.com.

Above, from top to bottom: Natasha Hovey. Photo courtesy the artist. Natasha Hovey, "6P° 21’ DQ2’’" (detail), 2014. Casted ceramic, cement, foam, paper, cable, hardware,wood. 2014. Photo by Jim Escalante.

Colette Spears

Collette Spears

Clay

Collette Spears hails from Indiana, where she received her BFA in ceramics and BA in psychology from Ball State University in 2014. She worked as an educational assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts during the summer of 2013 and has spent time assisting renowned kiln builder, Ted Neal, with kilns for various clay studios in Indiana, Kentucky, California, and British Columbia.

In her work, Collette explores how art serves as a therapeutic expulsion for the body and mind through process. As someone who has worked to cope with generalized anxiety, finding a healthy outlet for excess energy is essential. She translates psychological tension into clay work, via carving, pattern and form, placing great emphasis on precision and craft. She explores concepts of perfectionism, connection, and vulnerability and is learning to embrace struggle as a critical part of a fulfilling, productive lifestyle. During her one-year residency, she will continue to develop a balance of pattern and form in her work, strengthen concepts, and hopefully find inspiration within the other artistic disciplines represented at HCCC.

Collette has exhibited nationally and was the 2014 NICHE Award Student Winner of the Ceramics: Sculptural category. She was also a NICHE finalist in two other categories and a Windgate Fellowship nominee. She will be with HCCC from September, 2014, through August, 2015. To learn more about Collette, visit www.collettespears.com.

Above, from top to bottom: Collette Spears. Photo courtesy the artist. Collette Spears, "Kitchen and Jar Set" (detail), 2014. Clay. Photo by Serena Nancarrow.

Rena Wood

Rena Wood

Fiber

Rena Wood is a fiber artist from St. Louis, MO. She received her BFA in fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2006 and earned her MFA from the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. While in graduate school, Rena received a graduate thesis assistantship and a research grant for travel to London to participate in a workshop at the Royal School of Needlework. Rena has completed artist residencies at the Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design in St. Louis, MO; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN; and the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, ME.

Working primarily with textile materials and processes, Rena’s work “gives physical form to the ephemeral sense of memory.” Often using vintage materials, she combines her own history with that of a previous maker. “The time I spend working is marked by each stitch, each knot, and each repetitive act of my hands. I construct and deconstruct my materials to show a suspension between formation and falling apart, the acts of remembering and forgetting, and to represent time passing and time stopped.”

During her year-long residency at HCCC, Rena plans to expand her studio practice to develop large installations with textile materials and spend time on her labor-intensive stitched work. She will be with HCCC from September, 2014, through August, 2015. For more information, visit www.renawood.com.

Above, from top to bottom: Rena Wood. Photo courtesy the artist. Rena Wood, "Fabricated Perspective" (detail), 2014. Vintage lace, thread, felt. 9 x 8 feet. Photo by Rena Wood.