Current Artists-In-Residence

Lauren Eckert

Metal and Mixed Media

 Lauren Eckert is a multimedia object maker and illustrator from southern New Jersey.  She works in fields such as digital fabrication, video, audio, and robotics and brings this research back to her creative home, in the crafts disciplines. She uses the tools and materials of industry—metal, computers, screens, 3D printing, and code—as a means to witness the machine’s collaborative relationship with people and thought.  As a result of this experience, her objects and digital works come from, look towards, and suggest her visions for anticipated versions of the future.

Lauren attended Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, where she received her BFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM in 2019. She has received awards including a Shapeways Education Grant, the Temple University 2019 Rio Grande Student Award, and a Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference Student Scholarship. Her work was included in the 2018 SNAG Jewelry and Metals Survey and has been exhibited in venues such as the Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, PA; Nazareth College Arts Center, Rochester, NY; and Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. In 2018, she curated the show, The Virtual Hand, for Temple University. To learn more about Lauren’s work, visit

Lauren’s residency is generously underwritten by Sara and Bill Morgan.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Tim Gonchoroff


Tim is a fiber and mixed-media artist from Virginia. His work focuses on traditional craft processes, including natural dyeing, weaving, carpentry, and many others, as a conduit for investigating and documenting particular elements in environments that are products of an anthropogenic ecology. He is a self-taught weaver that uses a variety of non-traditional materials from unexpected sources such as plastic shopping bags, vinyl advertising banners, and videocassette tapes.  At HCCC, Tim will continue to introduce elements of materiality, narrative, and symbolism in large-scale weavings that incorporate imagery and text.

Tim received his Bachelor’s degree in art history from the College of William & Mary (2010) and his MFA in sculpture and dimensional studies from Alfred University (2015). He is also the recipient of a Fulbright Grant (2016) to research natural dyes in Arctic Norway. Prior to moving to Houston, he lived near the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley, where he taught sculpture at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas.

To learn more about his work, visit

Tim’s residency is generously supported in part by Kathryn and Richard Rabinow.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Nicolle LaMere


 Nicolle LaMere is on a journey to know cosmos. LaMere works with ceramics and elemental materials to create sculptural objects and installations. Ideas pertaining to existence take the form of spheres and voids, via vessels. LaMere primarily works with molds and slip-dipped burnable materials. While in residence at HCCC, LaMere plans to spend her time expanding her current body of work, as well as exploring the utilization of translucent porcelain and lithophane techniques to create illuminated spaces expressing the divinity of environment.

LaMere spent her first 25 years in southern Wisconsin, on the fringe of suburbia and farmland. Having received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2011), LaMere relocated to Lubbock, Texas, in 2014, to complete her MFA from Texas Tech University (2017). After graduation, she participated in the Land Art of the American West program, traveling over 6,000 miles and camping throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. LaMere has completed multiple technical ceramic research grants, the most recent being the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship (2015). LaMere is currently an art instructor at Art League Houston and maintains a studio at Box13 ArtSpace in Houston. To learn more about her work, visit

Nicolle’s residency is generously underwritten by Sara and Bill Morgan.

Brian Vu


 Brian Vu is a multidisciplinary artist born in North Texas. His approach to ceramics addresses the coexistence of the semi-permanent and the ephemeral, as well as the improvisation of memory with the mundane and domestic. He works in a wide variety of mediums, such as ceramic sculpture, dance performance, painting, and impermanent installation, to explore these themes. Minimalism, color, and taking up large volumes of space are motifs that he uses to frame his work.

In his current work, Brian is creating and utilizing ceramic props or stand-ins that reference the domestic household and the daily functions performed within those spaces. He is particularly interested in rectilinear spaces, which are associated with anthropology, aesthetic, function, space, and architecture, and with the relationships he creates between the ceramic object and the rectangle.

Brian holds a BA with a concentration in ceramics and contemporary dance from Bennington College and a MA in ceramics from Cranbook Academy of Art, where he studied under Ian McDonald. Brian was nominated for the Emerging Artist Award and received the New Beginnings Award from Cranbrook and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. In the summer of 2018, Brian was the artist-in-residence at Locust Projects in the Miami Design District and exhibited lung tone_ mirror print_, a solo show merging both clay and dance performance.

Brian’s residency is generously underwritten by Leslie and Brad Bucher.

Portrait by Jonathan Barber