Alumni Artists-In-Residence



Jessica Andersen was born in the small farming community of Audubon, Iowa. She received a BFA in jewelry and metal arts in 2009 from the University of Iowa. In 2011, Jessica started a new chapter, leaving the Midwest for the West Coast, to attend graduate school at San Diego State University, where she received her MFA in jewelry and metalwork. Jessica recently finished a six-month residency at Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri, where she had time to experiment and develop her work as a studio artist. More importantly, perhaps, she was able to teach in the Mural Arts and Crafting a Future program, learning just how deeply individuals can be affected by close mentorship.

Jessica’s work addresses the affect of objects and defined notions of waste in relation to ideas of collection. In her work, she attempts to showcase the form and appeal of detritus in the construction and presentation of jewelry. She hopes to generate new interactions between the wearer and object and between viewer and cultural predispositions.

Jessica will be with HCCC through August, 2017. During her six-month residency, she plans to continue developing work and grow new ideas concerning the relationships between objects and the value and memory instilled upon them. For more information, please visit

Above, from top to bottom: Photo of Jessica Andersen by Jeremy Nuttall. Jessica Andersen, "Creature," 2014. Table legs, steel. Photo by the artist.



Vivian Chiu was born in Los Angeles and emigrated to Hong Kong at the age of three. Her interests in creating objects and the visual arts led her to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated with a BFA in furniture design. With an aptitude for problem solving and a sensitivity towards materials, Vivian creates sculptures that attempt to formalize coincidental happenings in repetitive processes. Using the conflicts and commonalities between Eastern and Western culture, Vivian channels her physical energy into labor-intensive methods to not only create visually dynamic work but also to pay conscious homage to her family’s history in factory work.

Vivian has completed residencies with Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Sculpture Space, Haystack Mountain School, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.  She most recently lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY.

Vivian will be with HCCC from June – August, 2017.  For more information, visit


Above, from top to bottom: Photo of Vivian Chiu by Alex Priest. Vivian Chiu, “Flaming Mountains,” 2015. Birch Plywood, 38” x 30” x 30.” Photo by Vivian Chiu.



Rebecca Lynn Hewitt was born in Appleton, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, with a bachelor of fine arts in jewelry and metalsmithing, in 2016. She was recently named the Ethical Metalsmith Student Committee’s “2016 Emerging Artist.”

Rebecca’s work investigates environmental issues through wearable and handheld objects, as well as community engagement. Creating wearable work allows overwhelming issues to be presented in an intimate but approachable manner. She views her work as a platform to seek self-education and improvement, while also encouraging others to educate themselves.

During her residency, Rebecca will continue to research environmental issues through wearable work and community workshops. She will also continue to expand her jewelry line, Flora and Grain. Primarily working with sustainable materials, such as dried and pressed flora, wood, and silver, Rebecca will explore how to best merge traditional metalsmithing techniques with technology.

Rebecca will be at HCCC through August, 2017. To learn more about her work, please visit

Above, from top to bottom: Rebecca Hewitt, "To Plant," 2016. Baptisa tinctoria seeds, walnut, sterling silver, steel. Pendant is 1.5" x 1.5" on an 18" chain. Photo by Claire LaFontaine. Photo of Rebecca Hewitt by Jessica Watkins.

Liz Robb


Liz Robb’s art practice focuses on soft sculpture.  Based in San Francisco, she works sculpturally to create textured surfaces and forms with natural materials such as wool, cotton, jute, and indigo. Currently, she is creating a new collection of work inspired by the colors, textures, history, and life in desert landscapes.  After spending time in Joshua Tree, California, and Oaxaca de Juárez, México, she is looking forward to exploring and creating work influenced by the Chihuahuan Desert in Texas. This new collection will break the two-dimensional grid in favor of more fluid, three-dimensional concepts that consider negative space and light. She will be pulling from the extraordinary natural environment of the desert, layering ideas, imagery, sound, and traditional textile techniques such as weaving, wrapping, and dying. For more information on Liz’s work, please visit



Eric Stearns was born near North Platte, Nebraska. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2003 from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, and then opened his first studio, Stearns Ceramics, in North Platte. After a couple of years teaching full time, working in his studio, and assisting his family on the ranch, he re-committed to his art and received a Master of Fine Arts in 2008, studying under Linda Ganstrom at Fort Hays State University.  Eric then returned to Doane College and is now associate professor and chair of the Art Department.

When not teaching, Eric spends time in the studio creating sculptural, pierced raku art. Through his work, he hopes to strike a chord with the viewer that conveys a fragile and fleeting existence.  He uses the raku process to accentuate the intersecting fragility of life, passionate connections, and the pain of betrayal, using the matrix of the objects to allude to those concepts.  With his interest in mathematics, he creates patterns and explores the relationships between those patterns, as well as the effects of the color and texture of the glazes he uses to elicit emotional responses.  He says, “Each piece created is an attempt at a reflection of who I am as a person and as an artist at the moment my hands touch the clay and then continues through the glazing and firing processes.  In this reflection, my hope is that a viewer can find a connection to their own experiences on this journey of life.”

Eric will be at HCCC through June, 2017.  To learn more about his work, visit  

Above, from top to bottom: Eric Stearns. Photo by Eric Stearns. Eric Stearns, “Paladin Shield,” 2016. Raku, 16" x 5." Photo by Eric Stearns.



Jenna Wright graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a BFA focusing on ceramics and a BSE in art education. She received her MFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Primarily a ceramic sculptor, she often incorporates mixed media into her works.

Jenna says her work starts with the home and the dense suburban environment of her native New Jersey.  “The essence of intimacy and abstraction of the sociological home is what I debate. The molding of an individual, the formation (interior/exterior) of a home, and the shaping of a landscape all have common ideals in our society. I am exploring how conventional social pressures impact our understanding of home, domestic comforts, and objects, as well as introducing personal subject matter.”

Jenna was an artist-In-residence at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, Maryland. Most recently, she had a solo show at VisArts Center in Rockville, Maryland, showcasing work incorporating a variety of materials.  She has also participated in juried group exhibitions such as Women’s XXChange in Baltimore, Maryland, and Emulsion in Washington, D.C.

Jenna will be with HCCC for the month of July, 2017.  For more information, please visit

Above, from top to bottom: Photo of Jenna Wright by Jenna Wright. Jenna Wright, “Partially Decorative,” 2017. Glazed earthenware and vinyl. Photo by Jenna Wright.