Alumni Artists-In-Residence

Robert Raphael

Clay

Robert Raphael’s porcelain objects draw on the complex history of decorative art, while making reference to strength, delicacy, sexuality and gender. His thickly glazed surfaces contribute to the making process through warping, cracking, and other chemical changes that occur during the firing process. Neoclassicism has been the primary inspiration of his sculptures, in addition to the modernist aesthetics of Weiner Werkstatte and the desire to conflate the roles of ornament and structure.

Robert earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has most recently lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been exhibited at venues such as Honey Ramka, NY; Norte Maar, NY; Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; LMAK Gallery, NY; and Jonathan Hopson in Houston, TX. He has participated in numerous residency programs, including Zentrum Für Keramik, Berlin; The Shigaraki Ceramic Sculpture Park, Japan; Illinois State University Visiting Artist Program, IL; and Civitella Ranieri in Umbertide, Italy. To learn more about his work, visit http://robraphael.com.

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Jared Theis

MIXED MEDIA

Jared Theis was born in 1977. He earned an MFA from the University of California, Davis in 2012. While in California, he received a Joan Mitchell MFA grant and the Robert Arneson Award. In 2014, he was awarded a Statens Kunstnerstipend from Kulturrådet Norway Arts Council in Oslo. In 2017, he was awarded a three-month residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, through Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, Texas. He recently exhibited his work at Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway; Mass Gallery, Austin, Texas; and the Oslo Prosjektrom, Norway. He currently works in San Antonio, Texas.

Over the past five years, Jared has been building a type of personal mythology or system that follows a group of fantastical creatures through time and various stages of evolution. His investigations are realized through clay and fiber sculptures, installation, performance, and video. He uses this system as a lens through which to reflect upon life on earth, human societies, and our own evolutionary path. While at HCCC, he plans to explore the evolving cultural life of these characters through a type of reality TV show.

To learn more about his work, visit https://www.jaredtheis.com/.

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