Past Studio Artists
2016-2017 Studio Artists - Round 11
Melinda Laszczynski received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Houston in 2015 and her BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2010. She recently had solo shows at Cardoza Fine Art and galleryHOMELAND in Houston, TX. She has participated in group shows at multiple venues across Texas, including Galleri Urbane (Dallas), Lawndale Art Center (Houston), and was recently included in the 2015 Amarillo Museum of Art sculpture biennial. She has also shown at Forum Artspace in Cleveland, OH and SOHO20 in NY, NY. Her work is included in the collections of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, and UT Tyler in Tyler, Texas. Laszczynski was featured in New American Paintings MFA Annual #111 (2014) and #123 (2016).
Randi Long received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston in 2014. She was an artist in residence at Project Row Houses and Alabama Song in 2015. Long collaborated with Gabriel Martinez and James Racliffe for the project Noise Truck, which received an Idea Fund Award in 2016 and 1st Place, Grand Trophy for Best Music, at the Orange Show’s 2016 Art Car Parade. Long has performed in projects with Nameless Sounds at AvantGarten, DiverseWorks and MECA.
Sarah Welch is an artist, illustrator and comix-maker. After receiving her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and moving to Houston in 2012, she began the ongoing comic book series, Endless Monsoon. Welch is a recently initiated co-organizer with Zine Fest Houston and regularly published prints, zines and comics in collaboration with local print shop, Mystic Multiples. She is a past Idea Fund recipient and former resident with UT Dallas CentralTrak. The latest chapter of the Endless Monsoon saga will be released as part of an exhibition at Rice University’s Emergency Room Gallery in fall 2016.
2015-2016 Studio Artists - Round 10
Lawndale Art Center is pleased to announce the residents for the tenth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program.
Bradly Brown received his BFA in Photography from the University of North Texas in 2002. Soon after graduation Brown relocated to New York to work as a photographer and designer. In 2011 Brown returned to Texas to receive his MFA in sculpture from Texas Christian University where he co-founded the artist collective HOMECOMING! Committee, and began working as art-director for semigloss. Magazine. His work has been exhibited at the The Dallas Contemporary, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Hiroshima City University and was included in the 2013 Berlin Becher Triennial and the 2014 Dallas Biennial. Brown received the Fort Worth Weekly’s Visionary Award (2014), Mercedes Benz Financial Service Scholarship (2013) and the Bean Distinguished Lecture Series, St. Anselm College (2008).
Cobra McVey uses found objects and recycled synthetic materials in combination with traditional art making techniques to create futuristic environments that reference contemporary culture. She is the lead singer and guitarist for Winelord, a female punk rock trio hatched from the same B-movie aesthetic that influences her visual art. She is also co-founder, costume maker, and a major dancer of The Bar-B-Que Gang Dance Troupe, an enterprise that combines design and performance. McVey received an MFA from the University of Georgia in 2012 and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University, The Vermont Studio Center and Houston’s Post-Studio Projects.
Anthony Sonnenberg is an artist and educator living and working in Houston, TX. He was born and raised in Graham Texas and received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin (2009) and MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle (2012). His work ranges from porcelain to performance and is known for its labor intensive detail. Sonnenberg’s work has been exhibited across the US and Canada, including exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum (2011), the Shelburne Museum (2014) and the 2011 and 2013 Texas Biennials and he was recently named one of the ten most intriguing people at the Dallas Art Fair by PaperCity Magazine (2016). He is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, TX and Art Palace Gallery in Houston, TX.
The 2015-2016 residents were selected by Emily Peacock, Artist, 2013-2014 Lawndale Studio Artist & Lawndale Programming Committee Member; Bob Snead, Artist & Executive Director, Press Street, New Orleans; and Clint Willour, Curator, Galveston Arts Center.
Josh Bernstein works in a variety of media including sculpture, performance, drawing and printmaking. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Bryan Miller Gallery in Houston and the Emergency Room Gallery at Rice University. It has been reviewed in the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Press, as well as Artforum.com and Art F City. Bernstein’s work is included in several private collections and the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He received his BA from Amherst College and his MFA from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University. He was born in New Hampshire and has lived in Houston for the past six years.
JooYoung Choi was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to Concord, New Hampshire by way of adoption. While completing her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she was reunited with her birth-family. In 2012 Choi received her MFA from Lesley University (MA). Through painting, video art, animation and puppetry she blends auto-biographical narrative with fantasy. Her artwork is organized around a paracosm (a highly structured imaginary world) called The Cosmic Womb. Choi has been included in exhibitions across the United States and South Korea. In 2007 she received a Somerville Arts Council LCC Cultural Heritage Grant. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe Side Kick, as well as Korean Quarterly.
Lina Dib’s installations and compositions range from the ethnographic to the experimental. She has received grants and awards from Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council, AMIDA’s European training program and Rice University’s Humanities Research Center. She is an affiliate artist at the Topological Media Lab in Montreal and Tx/Rx Labs in Houston. Dib has a PhD in Anthropology and is a teaching fellow at Rice University. Recent exhibits and publications include Hirsch Library Project (Museum of Fine Arts Houston), MURMURATIONS (Lawndale Art Center), Sheaf of Times (Rudolph Blume Fine Art; Yerba Buena Gardens; MOP Projects, Sydney, Australia), Microsoundtrack (Pitman Park; Rice University), The Forgetting Dis-ease: Making Time Matter (differences), Of Promises and Prototypes: The Archeology of the Future (LIMN).
The 2014 - 2015 residents were selected by Kimberly Davenport, Director and Chief Curator, Rice Gallery ; David Politzer, 2011-2012 Lawndale Studio Artist; and Katia Zavistovski, Curator and Lawndale Programming Committee member.
2013-2014 Studio Artists - Round 8
Born in Houston Texas, Shayne Murphy received his M.F.A. in Drawing/Painting from the University of North Texas in 2013. Combining realism and abstraction, his work focuses on the creation of invented spaces that combine the real and imagined through paintings, drawings, and installation based works. Shayne recently had his first solo show at 500X Gallery in Dallas, TX.
Jim Nolan’s off-hand and irreverent work combines the aesthetics of working class labor and underground music culture with the language of Minimalism. Nolan lives and works in Houston, TX. He received a B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art. Nolan has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, DEEPSPACENEWYORK, and has had solo shows at the Soap Factory, Minneapolis; MN.ArtMoving, Brooklyn, NY; Art Palace Gallery, Houston, TX.
Emily Peacock is an artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. She received her M.F.A. at the University of Houston, with an emphasis in photograph/digital media. Her interests mainly lie in photographing and making short videos of her family and the vernacular aspects of life. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Vienna, Austria. Her work is also in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston collection.
The 2013-2014 residents were selected by Joshua Fischer, Lawndale Programming Committee Member & Assistant Curator, Rice Gallery; Kerry Inman, Owner, Inman Gallery; and Seth Mittag, Artist & 2011-2012 Lawndale Studio Artist.
2012-2013 STUDIO ARTISTS – Round 7
DOMOKOS / FUTURE BLONDES 0.0.0.0. (Domokos Benczédi) is a Houston based artist/musician. He has been a mainstay in the acts Future Blondes and Rusted Shut for the last 15 years. He has also played in and recorded with the Indian Jewelry, Helios Creed / Chrome, Black Leather Jesus, Church of Cloned Beef, Snake People and many other underground sonic manipulators. Upcoming projects include Future Blondes east coast tour and many ongoing collaborations. Expect aluminum, new installations, disposable/free items and much more.
Nancy Douthey was born in Fort Worth, TX and currently lives and works in Houston, TX. She received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms from University of Houston, in 2010. Douthey has recently performed in the 2012 Lone Star Explosion, InsideOut, as an artist in residence at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL and in Low Lives 2, an international festival curated by Jorge Rojas. She received the Liz Alexander Visual Arts Award from the Houston Arts Alliance in 2011. She currently co-directs local artist-run space, Skydive and will be hosting a discussion for The Artist’s Eye at The Menil Collection in August.
Patrick Turk was born and raised in Galveston Texas. His mind-bending, baroque artistic approach has earned him acclaim, awards and press coverage of his work. He has had individual shows at the Art League Houston and Art Storm; his recent Time Travel Research Institute artworks were prominently featured at the inaugural Texas Contemporary Art Fair. Turk has a solid record of participation in the Houston arts community, coordinating a weekly gathering of art-makers in his home and steadfastly supporting the local arts scene.
The 2012-2013 residents were selected by Dean Daderko, Curator at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Sharon Engelstein, Artist; and Adrienne Johnson Yost, Senior Associate at Kinzelmann Art Consulting and Lawndale Programming Committee Chair.
2011-2012 STUDIO ARTISTS – Round 6
Seth Mittag was born in 1974 in NewPort News, VA and studied at both Southwestern University and the University of Houston, where he earned his MFA in sculpture. Since 2001, his work has been exhibited throughout Texas and was included in the 2005 Texas Biennial. Shortly after, he move to New York and continued to show there along participating in a group show in Berlin. While living in New York he became involved in the film industry working as both a sculptor and art director for several stop animation projects. His film work includes clients such as Michael Eisner, Progresso Soup, The Harlem Globetrotters, Howard Johnson Hotels, Moveon.org, Firstavenuemachine and Adcouncil. His current body of work incorporates the influence of working as a professional puppet maker and his love for storytelling. Seth Mittag lives and works in Houston,TX.
David Politzer was born in Washington DC and has since lived in Upstate New York, Boston, Brooklyn, Glasgow, Oakland, Roswell, Youngstown and now Houston, TX. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University. David's work was shown recently at the Houston Center for Photography, the New Mexico Museum of Art, Vox Populi, video_dumbo and in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Northern Arizona. He was an artist in residence at Yaddo, the Skowhegan School, Roswell Artist in Residence, the Vermont Studio Center and the Kala Art Institute. He currently teaches in the Photography and Digital Media Department at the University of Houston.
Politzer employs video, photography, performance and sculpture to discuss how mass media representations further confuse the vagaries of contemporary social interaction. Specifically, he is interested in portrayals of masculinity on the big and small screens, and the expectations they create. He uses an intimate and straightforward approach along with humor to address such topics as relationships, body image and self-confidence.
Anne J. Regan was born along the blues trail, howling on the banks of the Illinois river in the year of our Lord, nineteen-hundred and eighty. After living on both coasts and earning a BFA from the California College of the Arts, she consulted the stars, carefully packed her records and moved to the South. She went on to earn her MFA from the University of Houston in 2010 and continues conjuring in Texas to this day. She can be found rambling through the heavy Southern landscape or gassing up en route to another site on an endless list of musical haunts, forever on the lookout for a home.
The 2011-2012 residents were selected by Elaine Bradford, Artist and Lawndale Programming Committee member; Rachel Hecker, Artist & Associate Professor, UH School of Art; and Todd Tubutis, Executive Director, Blue Sky, Portland, Oregon.
2010-2011 STUDIO ARTISTS – Round 5
The work of the collaborative team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen has been shown extensively in internationally screenings and exhibitions including SCOPE Basel, LA Freewaves New Media Art Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Boston Underground Film Festival, the Houston Center for Photography, Chicago Underground Film Festival and the Dallas Video Festival, the Hudson River Museum, Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery, Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Dallas Contemporary and the Lawndale Art Center.
Through the performative strategy of what they call formational interventions, Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s work interstices between art and cultural geography by exploring perceptions of language, identity, media, and family within a uniquely American subjectivities and created system.
They have been awarded the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Residency in New York City, a residency at the Experimental Television Center and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Creativity Award. They have also received a Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography and a Houston Arts Alliance Artist Grant.
They live and work in Houston TX where Mary Masgamen is the curator for the mirco-cinema The Aurora Picture Show and Stephan Hillerbrand teaches in the University of Houston Digital Media Program.
Daniel McFarlane was born in Houston, TX. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Studio Art from Sam Houston State University and recently completed an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of Florida. At Florida, McFarlane was awarded an Alumni Fellowship and instructed undergraduate studio courses.
McFarlane has had growing success exhibiting his paintings. This fall he is showing work with the gallery Volume Black in New York City. He was selected by juror Toby Kamps of the Contemporary Arts Museum for the 2010 Baum MFA Competitive to be held at the University of Central Arkansas in September 2010. McFarlane has also been included in exhibits at the Smithsonian Museum and the Faber Birren National Color Award show. His work is featured in the first annual MFA edition of New American Paintings artist book, No. 87 as well as Studio Visit, Vol. 5 and 10.
Anthony Thompson Shumate, a multimedia artist and designer, has an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Houston (2005) and a BFA from the University of Texas in San Antonio (2001). He is the recipient of several arts and advertising awards including a 2006 New Works Fellowship for Emerging Artist from the former Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, an ArtPix Grant for Las Pozas: Steps and Falls, a cd-rom produced in partnership with photographer/videographer Rob Ziebell, six ADDY awards from the American Advertising Federation, and two Bronze Quill awards in excellence in design.
Shumate is a working artist in Houston, where he pursues contemporary sculpture. In work that combines corporate design and contemporary art aesthetics, Shumate creates a subversive commentary on the modern American social landscape. It is unimportant to the artist if the audience is fully in tune with all intellectual, artistic, and sociopolitical aspects of the work, but rather once having seen the work, audience members begin to participate in the commentary or issue that the work itself addresses.
The 2010-2011 residents were selected by Robyn O’Neil, Artist; Andrea Pollan, Director, Curator’s Office, Washington, D.C.; and Robert Ruello, Artist and Lawndale Programming Committee Chair.
2009-2010 STUDIO ARTISTS – Round 4
Dawn Black was born in Louisiana where she received a BFA from Louisiana State University. She earned both MA and MFA, specializing in Painting and Sculpture, from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. In 2000 she spent the summer exploring Venice, Italy while making prints at Scoula di Graphica, a printmaking studio on the Grand Canal. She has had solo exhibitions at Curator’s Office, Washington DC; Kunstoffice, Berlin, Germany and Eve Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at School 33, Baltimore, MD; Morehead State University, Morehead, KY; Florida State University Museum of Art, Tallahassee, FL; Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX; Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA; Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA; Novato Art Center, Novato, CA; Upstate Artists Guild, Albany, NY; Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA; Gallery 119, Chicago, IL; University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA among others. Her work has been recently reviewed by the Washington Post, Art Papers magazine, and online at www.artinamerica.com and is in various private collections, notably the Zacharius collection. Her work is represented by Curator’s Office.
Nick Meriwether received his BFA in painting from the University of Houston in 2006. He is a multidisciplinary artist, whose primary mediums include drawing, sculpture, video and computer software. He works professionally as a photographer's assistant, an art instructor and a graphic designer. He is a member of the local drawing collective Sketch Klubb. During his residency at Lawndale, Meriwether plans on working with microcontrollers and interactive computing to create a new body of sculptural work.
David Waddell is a Houston based artist who creates other worlds through stop-motion animation, small sculptures, and collaged drawings. Lately, digital media has played a larger role in all of the work by combining the use of Flash, Final Cut, a scanner, in addition to photography. The iPod is utilized for viewer interaction with his modern day flipbooks that play out like a nature documentary. Tactility and the use of the hand are an important role throughout the work and the process. Waddell makes creatures, landscapes and houses with found objects and collage. After working on three consecutive collaborations, which include TaMarmaruga shown at Lawndale last season, the nature of his work has been affected in a positive manner. He is excited to work on his individual body of work which will include more experimentation with sound and further layering through the process of filmmaking. Waddell’s work has been included at Gavin Brown Enterprise, Lawndale Art Center, New York Fashion Week, Fotofest and Aurora Picture Show. He received his BFA from University of Texas and his MFA in painting from American University. Waddell is currently the Director of Media Studies at HSPVA.
The three residents were selected by Bill Arning, Director, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Michael Guidry, Artist, Curator of the University of Houston Public Art Collection and Lawndale Programming Committee Chair; and Mary Magsamen, Artist and Curator for Aurora Picture Show.
2008-2009 STUDIO ARTISTS – Round 3
Kevin Curry received his MFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (2008) and his BFA in Graphic Communications from the Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI (1983).
Amber Eagle recently relocated to Houston after ten years living in Mexico. Eagle received her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (1993) and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1988). Eagle was a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art from 1993-1995. Her art car, Our Lady of Transportation, was recently awarded the Mayor's Choice and Participants Choice awards in the 2008 Art Car Parade.
El Franco Lee II received his BFA in Painting from the University of Houston (2007) and was a 2008 Artadia Awards recipient. His work was included in Nexus Texas at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston in 2007.
The three residents were selected by Sylivie Fortin, Art Papers Editor-in-Chief; Francesca Fuchs, artist and Lawndale Programming Committee member; and Dario Robleto, Artist.
2007-2008 STUDIO ARTISTS – Round 2
Danny Kerschen was raised in Houston, Texas; graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine art from the University of Houston in 2001.
Danny Kerschen has been working collaboratively and individually on a variety of socially engaged projects situated within the contradictions and critiques of culture; Danny Kerschen is interested exploring multi-disciplinary methods to derive work including guerilla installations, drawing, exploring the social dynamics of public and shared space, and distribution.
Although disciplines vary, themes recur including fiction and reality, play and progress, repetition and multiplicity, anonymity and solidarity, quotidian materials, absurd humor, and relations of parts to a whole.
Currently, Kerschen has been focused on producing graphite drawings on paper. Dreamlike, yet well defined; the drawings are quiet, subtly tonal, graphite images of asymetrical marching bands enveloped by the negatives space of the paper. The marching bands exist between regimented choreography and collective unraveling. Folly, idiosyncrasy, rebellion, and failure emerge as tender documentation of individuation. While meticulously rendered, the figures seem to drift away into the void of the paper with the gentleness of the gradation.
Lynne McCabe was born in Scotland and lives and works in Houston, TX. McCabe utilizes interactive performance and collaboration between artists and spectators in her exploration of interpersonal relationships. For the Lawndale Studio Artist Program, McCabe is producing a series of printed instructions for social sculpture to be displayed, progressively, in the third floor corridor, culminating in the final instructions being displayed in the O’Quinn gallery in May 2008 as part of the Studio Artist exhibition.
Lynne McCabe received her BA (Honors) Fine Art, Environmental Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 1999. Select solo exhibitions include a series of three exhibitions titled pot•luck at Project Row Houses (2007), Commerce Street Artist Warehouse (2005) and Cactus Bra (2005), Houston, Texas; The Caledonian Institute for the Study of Interpersonal Relationships presents a series of intimate exchanges hosted by Lynne McCabe, Fotofest 2002, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas.; and behind closed doors, slide performance / installation, HCC TV Studio, Houston Texas. McCabe also served as Programming Committee Chair for Lawndale Art Center from 2004 to 2006.
Teresa O'Connor is an installation artist that incorporates video, sound and found objects in a gesture to stimulate the duality of presence and absence, body and landscape. For the Lawndale Studio Artist Program, O'Connor is working with musicians "Sharks and Sailors" to create a music video, and from the music video she plans to extrapolate sound and collected imagery for her installation "The sound of you passing through" to be presented at Lawndale Art Center in May 2008.
Teresa O’Connor lives and works in Houston, TX. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston in 2002. Her solo exhibitions include (G)host, Three Walls, 2007, San Antonio, TX; A Ghost Story, Part I, Deborah Colton Gallery, 2006, Houston TX; and Character Introduction: The Forty Something Male Singer, 2005, Cactus Bra, San Antonio. O’Connor has also curated exhibitions for Polvo, Chicago, IL; Vine Street Studio, Houston, TX; Commerce Street Artist Warehouse, Houston, TX; and Plush Gallery, Houston, TX. O’Connor is proprietor of Hello-Lucky, a boutique specializing in artist designed/produced merchandise.
The three residents were selected by J Hill, Head of the Sculpture Department at the Glassell School, and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Houston; Claudia Schmuckli, Curator for Blaffer Gallery; and Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Lawndale Artist Studio Program alumna.
2007 STUDIO ARTISTS – Round 1
Dawolu Jabari Anderson creates large scale drawings that juxtapose archaic aesthetics with contemporary narratives. Anderson’s work has been exhibited extensively including the 2006 Whitney Biennial both individually and as part of the Otabenga Jones collective.
Donna Huanca creates sculpture and installation environments out of fabric swatches. Her work has been exhibited widely in New York, Chicago, Dallas and Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Houston and in 2006 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Stephanie Saint Sanchez is a film and video artist and the founder of La Chicana Laundry Pictures. Her work has been screened extensively both locally and nationally and received numerous awards. In 2005, she was the recipient of a CACHH emerging artist grant.
A jury consisting of Franklin Sirmans, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection; John Sparagana, Chicago based artist and Professor of Painting at Rice University; and Margo Handwerker, Lawndale Programming Committee member and Curatorial Assistant at the MFAH selected the three residents.