Alumni Artists-In-Residence

Corey Ackelmire


Corey AckelmireAs a metalsmith, Corey Ackelmire is interested in how people make, keep, alter, and use objects for emotional, superstitious, and practical purposes. Metal objects, from common currency to silver spoons, tend to be both durable and malleable, common and sacred, sentimental and mundane. Exploring their place in material culture is the
focus of her work.
Corey earned her BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing from Missouri State University in 2003 and her MFA in jewelry/metals/enameling from Kent State University in 2007. She has been an educator since 2005, is a published author, and has exhibited her work in numerous national and international exhibitions. Currently, she is a full-time instructor and the Visual Art Program coordinator at Houston Community College in Houston, Texas. To learn more about her work, visit

Ean Escoto


Ean Escoto works in jewelry metals, incorporating fabrication, casting, ceramics, 3D printing, and electronics.  He believes that jewelry accrues sentimental value as it is carried through life events, and he wants his jewelry to be a participant in people’s lives.  His work always provides the wearer with a small story or mystery to share. Whether derived from studies in materials, technique, or interaction, his pieces shrink the gaps from plinth to hand and person to person by rewarding curiosity and investigation.

Ean was raised in the small, picturesque town of June Lake, California. He moved to San Diego to study bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego, but he graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in applied design for jewelry, metalsmithing, and ceramics in 2016. Ean is a 2016 Windgate Fellow. He has been a partner in a private studio for five years, and his work has been shown in Taboo Studio, San Diego, CA, and Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. While at HCCC, he plans to work on jewelry that expresses its motivations and goals through electronically controlled movement. He will also continue to develop the more accessible side of his jewelry line. To learn more, visit

Daniel Garver


Originally from Madison, WI, Daniel Garver studied painting in Cortona, Italy, as an undergraduate and received a BFA concentrated in ceramics and art history in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  In order to pursue educational experiences in craft, he later moved to Penland, North Carolina, where he worked as a studio assistant, teaching assistant, and freelance artist.  In 2015, Daniel received a Core Fellowship at the Penland School of Crafts. Over the course of this two-year fellowship, his work shifted dramatically from ceramics to textiles, while he simultaneously explored metal fabrication, printmaking, paper folding, and drawing. His bold, pattern-heavy work in weaving and drawing explores topics of mathematical sequences, visual perception, and structural systems.

Daniel’s work has been exhibited nationally at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Earlham College, Penland School of Crafts, Peter’s Valley, Red Lodge Clay Center, Caldwell Arts Council (NC), and most recently at the Meadows Gallery (Denton, TX), in the exhibition, Materials: Hard and Soft.  During his six-month residency at HCCC, Daniel will continue his research and production of tapestry weaving and natural dyeing, specifically exploring the process of ikat, in which individual threads are bound, dyed, and woven to create intricate nuanced patterns. To learn more about Daniel’s work, visit