Current Artists-In-Residence

Audrey LeGalley

CLAY

Audrey LeGalley is a ceramic artist from San Antonio, TX. In 2018, she received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the Southwest School of Art and was awarded the Best in Show title for her senior thesis exhibition. Since then, Audrey has exhibited her work throughout Texas at venues such as Blue Star Contemporary Museum and the Greater Denton Arts Council. She will begin working on her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Texas at San Antonio this coming fall.

Audrey is interested in the relationship between mental health and the domestic. Through the use of porcelain—a material found in nearly every American home, used for tiles, dinnerware, and decoration—she creates objects that express a sense of fear and fragility. By using porcelain in unconventional ways, she opens up an exploration of mental illness, memory, and trauma expressed through the material’s innate fragility. Using hand-building processes, she creates domestic objects and furniture that impart a sense of anxiety in the viewer.

To learn more about her work, visit http://www.audreylegalley.com/.

Photo by: Aubree Gannon

Joyce Lin

Mixed media

Joyce Lin has always been fascinated with internal structures and mechanisms, how things are made and where they come from. She works with a range of mediums, including wood, plastics, and upholstery, to create sculptures and functional furniture objects that explore questions about material, form, and the ever-shifting relationship between humans and their environment. Her current work involves deconstructing furniture archetypes to explore the paradox—of natural and artificial, permanent and impermanent, connection and disconnection, and old and new—that marks contemporary society’s modern materials, processes, and attitudes.

Joyce grew up in Birmingham, AL, where she attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Her cross-disciplinary interests led her to attend the Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program, through which she earned her BFA in furniture design at the Rhode Island School of Design and BA in geology-biology at Brown University in 2017. She has exhibited in various galleries, including the Lawndale Art Center in Houston and International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. She moved to Houston in late 2017 and currently works as a woodshop manager and instructor at TXRX Labs, a nonprofit makerspace located downtown. To learn more about her work, visit www.joyce-lin.com.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

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/.

Photo by artist

Meg Wachs

Metal

Born in Manhattan, raised in the suburbs, and living in the mountains, Meg Wachs considers herself a New Yorker through and through. She received her BFA in metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2012 and recently graduated with her MFA in craft and material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in China, most recently her MFA thesis exhibition at the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

Through processing personal struggle, Meg’s most recent work examines the physiology of anxiety and depression in an effort to demystify the stigmas that surround mental health. She is interested in material explorations and transformations that evoke an emotion for the wearer and/or viewer. Although she considers herself a metalsmith, she uses materials from all disciplines, in search of the right emotional content for her work. While in residence at HCCC, Meg will continue her explorations of mental health and the emotional range through creating jewelry that calms and soothes the wearer. For more information or to see more work, visit www.megwachs.com

Photo courtesy of the artist.