Many Mini Residency: Houston

Participants

Robert Boyd has always been interested in art. He received a degree in art & art history from Rice University. He has been writing an art blog called The Great God Pan Is Dead since August, 2009. He also enjoys reading, playing Words With Friends, and several other nerdy pass times. http://thegreatgodpanisdead.blogspot.com

Elaine Bradford lives and works in Houston, TX. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2003) and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin (2000). Recent solo shows have been at ArtLeague Houston, Houston, TX; Hunt Gallery, Webster University, St. Louis, MO; and Women & Their Work, Austin, TX. She is a founding member and Exhibition Coordinator of BOX 13 ArtSpace, an innovative artist run studio and gallery space in Houston and is on the Artist Board of DiverseWorks, Houston and on the Programming Committee of Lawndale Art Center, Houston. Bradford was the recipient of a 2008 Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. Most recently, she completed a residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and a Civic Art Commission for the City of Houston, permanently installed at Vinson Neighborhood Library in Fall 2010. http://elainebradford.weebly.com

Karen Brasier-Young is an artist who lives and works in Houston. She studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati (M. Arch 2010) and sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute. http://karenbrasier.carbonmade.com

Officially founded in 2008, Chin Xaou Ti Won is a Houston-based audio project specializing in ambient sound structures and avant-garde infused synth-pop interspersed with a stylistic approach to contemporary classical music. Musicians, Markus Cone and St-Michel, use a myriad of synthesizers, electronics, processing devices and computer hardware/software while organically embedding layers of live percussion and found sound, creating a unique, multifaceted atmosphere setting them apart from the typical niche common in the electronic/pop sub-genre. Nudging their way into the Houston art scene, Chin Xaou Ti Won has performed at a number of galleries, including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Lawndale, as well as claiming the title of Musicians-in-Residence at local Houston gallery, Skydive. CXTW has also collaborated with various artists, including Adela Andea and Susan Chen.

Sasha Dela, originally from Atlanta, currently resides in Houston Texas. Dela completed a residency at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Core Program in 2007. She received her Master of Fine Art in San Francisco at California College of the Arts in 2005, and her Bachelor of Fine Art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2000, and was awarded the DeCosse Fellowship, to study at the Accademia Di Belle Arte, Florence, Italy in 2000. Dela is Regional Editor for the Temporary Art Review, St Louis, and writes reviews and conducts interviews published in Fluent Collaborative/Might Be Good Austin, and Glasstire, Houston. Sasha Dela is the co-founder and co-director of SKYDIVE, an art space hosting a range of art practices that push the limits of their material forms.

Jeremy De Prez was born in Portland, Maine and received his MFA in painting from the University of Houston in 2011 and his BFA in painting from the University of Houston in 2007. His work has been shown in Houston at the Blaffer Museum, Lawndale Art Center, The Joanna, PG Contemporary, Williams Tower and The Temporary Space as well as in Hyderabad, India at Muse Gallery. He is a recipient of the Freed Travel Grant and recently had his work covered on Glasstire.com. Jeremy currently lives and works in Houston, Texas.

Nancy Douthey is a performance artist that received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms from the University of Houston.  Her work has been exhibited at Texas Gallery, Reed College, Clemson University, Diverseworks, Lawndale Art Center and any given public space she sees fit. She has recently been included in LowLives 3, a live www. performance festival, curated by Jorge Rojas. She will be included in the Atlantic Center for the Arts Summer 2011 residency program with the master artist and playwright, Heather Woodbury. She finds it crucial to work in shows that create social change. Using her alter ego, Tammy Faye Fisher, she is often out on the streets reminding us all that the tragedy of our lives is our own lack of acceptance. Nancy is currently a co-director of SkyDive, in Houston, Texas.

DumpTruck is an open artist collaborative founded by Mat Wolff, Cory Wagner and Noelle Mason in Fall of 2008.  Active members Wagner and Wolff live and work in Houston, TX. Wagner is the co-owner of DumpTruckdesign, a sustainable design and furniture fabrication extension of the collaborative. Wolff is the Associate Director of the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Norberto Gomez, Jr. is a visual artist and musician from Alice, Texas.He currently lives and works in Richmond, VA, where he is also a doctoral student in Media, Art, and Text at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received an MFA in painting & drawing from University of Houston in 2009 and a BFA from Texas A&M University -Kingsville in 2006. Visit: www.norbertogomezjr.com &www.theparasitichead.tumblr.com

Nancy Lili Gonzalez lives in Austin, Texas where she copy-edits the bi-weekly art e-journal …might be good and helps organize the annual poetry conference, CantoMundo. She writes book reviews, maintains a blog, and doodles for fun. Nancy Lili is very excited to participate in Many Mini and she hopes to produce stunning poetry during her stay.

Matthew Gorgol is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Sculpture from the University of Houston.

Margo Handwerker is a PhD student in the School of Architecture at Princeton University. Her dissertation examines ideas of utility in late 20th century art and architecture.

Rachel Hecker is an artist and associate professor at the University of Houston School of Art. www.rachelhecker.net, rachelhecker.blogspot.com

Formerly a bounty hunter, house painter, and au pair, Candace Hicks lives and works in Athens, Texas. She is represented by Booklyn in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder and only employee of the Institute for Truth and Beauty, established 2010.

Rachel Hooper lives and works in Houston, Texas. She is a Ph.D. student in art history at Rice University and associate curator and Cynthia Woods Mitchell fellow at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. She is a regular contributor to Art Lies, …might be good, and SPOT Magazine and has contributed to catalogs such as Plot for a Biennial: Sharjah Biennial 10 (2011), Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (Walker Art Center, 2008), and Brave New Worlds (Walker Art Center, 2007). http://waxbythefire.wordpress.com

Chuck Ivy is a research artist and copywright, a photographer, musician, and, generally speaking, a man of many hats—mostly fedoras. His pursuit of photography began in 2000 after he and his wife moved to Los Angeles. He received his Associate of Arts degree in Commercial Photography at Santa Monica College before returning to Houston. He received his BFA in Photography/Digital Media from the University of Houston in 2009, where he is currently working towards an MFA in Interdisciplinary Practices & Emerging Forms. Chuck is also a member of Beans Barton & the Bi-Peds, a band which combines music, poetry, performance art and theatrical elements.

Boby Kalloor is a multidisciplinary artist currently residing and creating art in Houston, TX.

Jeremy Keas is a nationally recognized photographer and visual artist based in Houston, Texas. He received his BS in Technology & Graphic Communications, with a minor in photography from the University of Houston. His portfolio, focus and range is diverse, Jeremy has been commissioned for work of both commercial and fine art appeal serving clients as diverse as Time Magazine, Red Bull North America, Diesel Clothing, various national non-profits such as the American Cancer Society, and notable gallery spaces such as DiverseWorks Art Space to name a few.

Emily Link Born in Syracuse, NY, and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Emily Link spent her youth immersed in wilderness, remnants of the Civil War and Native American legend. Since being transplanted to Texas, she has worked to build an enriched cultural past in an environment that exists only for the future. Link works to expand upon existing myths and legends to create another dimensional layer that stems from her life experiences. In 2008 she received her BFA from the University of Houston. Emily Link is currently based in Houston, TX, working from her studio at BOX 13 ArtSpace. www.emaileelink.com

Jonatan Lopez is an interdisciplinary artist. Through his work he examines issues of debate within the realms of religion, sexuality, politics and science, employing self analysis, statistical and empirical observation. His works often become surveys and social experiments that question mainstream views and encourage valuable community discussion. Jonatan has exhibited in numerous venues in Texas, from traditional venues such as Bayou City Art Festival to alternative spaces like Project Row Houses and DiverseWorks. He currently lives in the Houston Heights with his partner and their three Labrador dogs. www.jonatanlopez.com

Mev Luna is a new strong voice in postqueer movement using their twisted modern day perversion as a new form of sexual identity. They move effortlessly through heavy real topics of gender and sexuality in an accessible, humorous way. Relying on performative transformation, a contemporary approach to textiles in a collaboration with media art. They are currently working on a BFA from California College of the Arts, and their works have exhibited at The Marguiles Collection Warehouse, Artist’s Television Access in San Francisco, and as part of Open Your Golden Gates in Berlin, Hamburg, and Montreal.

Yvonne Lung is a multi medium artist who currently works and resides in Philadelphia. Her work explores the idea of interpretation and translation due to her experience as a Mandarin interpreter for US immigration court and Homeland Security. www.yvonnelung.com

Christie Malvin was born in San Francisco where she spent most of her childhood. After spending time in Houston, Texas she went on to seek a combined BA/BFA degree in Art History and Fine Arts at The George Washington University. She currently spends her time working and playing in both Washington, D.C. and Houston, Texas. She is a multi-media artist whose work primarily deals with issues of youth, identity and the role of women in contemporary society. http://christieam.wordpress.com

Matt Manalo was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and is currently residing and making art in Houston, Texas. He received his Bachelors Degree in Painting and minored in Art History at the University of Houston. He works in different media and always tries to experiment with different materials. www.mattmanalo.com

David McClain is a multi-media artist living and working in Houston, Texas. He primarily works with photography, parade floats, archives, painting and text. David has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a resident artist at Box 13 Artspace. His website is quite out of date but can be viewed at www.davidmcclain.com.

Tina McPherson is the Library Supervisor of the William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library at the University of Houston and Design Advocacy Director for AIGA Houston, residing in Houston, Texas. She will be graduating in December 2011 with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. She earned a B.A. in Art History from George Mason University and Graphic Communications from the Art Institute of Houston. She is interested in Librarianship, Architecture, Graphic Communications and Art awareness. http://twitter.com/#!/TinaMMcPherson

Paul Middendorf is an artist and curator living and working in Houston, Texas after recently moving from Portland, Oregon where he lived for 10 years. Middendorf is currently the Director and Founder of galleryHOMELAND, a 6 year old non-profit arts organization located in Portland, Oregon and Houston, Texas. From the Fall of 2009 to Summer of 2010 Paul was the Co Director of the East/West Project in Berlin, Germany. The East/West Project was a temporary 9 month long cultural exchange program that brought over two dozen artists back and forth between Germany to the US.
Middendorf ‘s own work has been exhibited and showcased around the globe. His installations and performances have been featured at Scope Miami, the
Hamptons, and Scope Basel Switzerland, as well as PS1 MOMA.  His solo and collaborative projects have traveled up and down the west coast, across
the US and along the Eastern Sea Board.  He has curated and performed in over 70 exhibitions and continues to expand and refine his practice.

Richard Nix was born, raised and currently living and working in Houston TX. He received a MFA in 2010 from the University of Houston with an interest in the figure and drawing based on rules and restrictions. His work consists of collage, painting, sculpture, video and several printmaking techniques.

Gissette Padilla was born in Coro, Falcon, Venezuela. She moved to Houston, Texas at the age of 8. She received her BFA from The University of Houston in 2008 and her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. Her works consist of a combination of drawing, painting, and various printmaking techniques. Her work has been exhibited in a number of juried and group exhibitions in Houston, San Antonio, Sequin, and Austria.

Lindsay Palmer’s work focuses primarily on the political impact of using one’s imagination. She often imagines sustainability, moveable borders, and life on the prairie. She currently works as a member of the Austin Green Art Creative Team Collaborative, and recently completed a public works and signage piece with them, for Eastside Memorial Green Tech High in Austin, TX. She also teaches with Theatre Action Project, a non-profit with the goal of using arts and theatre education for social change. http://lindsaypalmer.blogspot.com, http://lindsayjpalmer.com

Emily Peacock is a photographer who was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in from Sam Houston State University in 2006. In 2011 she received her M.F.A. at the University of Houston, with an emphasis in photograph/digital media. Her interests many lie in photographing her family and peculiar or strange everyday objects or situations. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows in Houston, and she will be exhibiting in the 2012 FotoFest.

Ryan Perry is a multi-media artist operating in and around Houston, TX. He studied Studio Art and Psycholgy at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. His interests include slow jams, stargazing, traveling, wrapping his head in things, sipping pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

Linda Post explores how perception and individual position can be examined in experiential video installations, sound works, media sculpture and photography.  Often in site-specific projects, a choreography of the everyday emerges as simple everyday actions are performed and systematized.  Her projects have been presented at various venues including MOMA, the Sculpture Center, PS.1 Contemporary Art Center and the Hirshhorn Museum.

Britt Ragsdale is a visual artist currently living and working in Houston, TX. She recently received her MFA from the University of Houston and her BFA from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Known for her restrained manipulation of everyday materials and imagery, Ragsdale is motivated by the uncanny possibilities that familiar materials have when they are rendered unfamiliar through construction and/or presentation. She explores these interests through photography, video, sculpture, installation and performance. www.brittragsdale.com

Darcy L. Rosenberger is an artist living and working in Houston, TX. She was born in 1987. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston after studying visual art at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She lives to live, and that means, dancing, biking, loving, needing, giving, taking, making, making out, and creating beautiful moments.

Raised in Beaumont, corrupted in Houston…Stephanie Saint Sanchez aka DJ ESTEFF is an awesome by any means necessary media artist, movie maker, instigator and it says so right on her business card so it must be true. As founder of La Chicana Laundry Pictures she has made over 25 award winning, genre-bending shorts. She also started the Senorita Cinema film festival the only all Latina Film Festival in Texas. She is a recipient a (SWAMP) Southwest Alternate Media Project Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship and Lawndale Artist Studio Program. As DJ ESTEFF she has been spinning that delicious vinyl all over Houston and projecting accompanying viddys from her own personal arsenal for the peoples. www.lachicanalaundry.com

Carrie Schneider is a conceptual artist who sees artists as activators, free agents, problem solvers, tricksters, healers, liminal space dwellers and conduits for change. Her work includes collaborating in the development of labotanica, facilitating art projects for refugee youth from Burma, and launching an online library of public-generated audio walking tours around Houston (HearOurHouston.com). www.thecarrieart.com

Sketchy Neighbors, composed of 8 Houston artists, aims to create accessible artwork for exhibition outside of the conventional gallery space. On a fateful night in February 2009, artists Katsola and Carlos Hernandez gathered a random collection of fellow local artists they didn’t know and had never worked with. The goal – to start a sketch group. Exactly 39 minutes and 42 seconds into the casual meet and greet, that arbitrary congregation of artists became…the Sketchy Neighbors. Keeping in step with prior groundbreaking shows, Sketchy Neighbors, composed of Marisa Avelar, Anthony Butkovich, Brenda Cruz, Jordan Johnson, Katsola, Devon Moore, Melissa Perez, Chris Thompson, and Jeff Whiteley, is thrilled to move beyond the conventional art object into a more experimental and temporal event that their Many Mini Residency provides. For more information about Sketchy Neighbors, checkout their website www.sketchyneighbors.com or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/sketchyneighbors.

Lindsey Slavin is a Houstonian artist finishing her BFA in Sculpture in 2012 at the University of Houston, where she is a member of the Honors College and a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She works in a wide variety of media and tends to focus on intimate and distant connections between people. Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions in Houston. Lindsey is a docent at Blaffer Art Museum and co-producer of Honors College Club Theater. She loves swing dancing, traveling, and genealogy. http://lindseystella.weebly.com, http://please-touch-the-art.blogspot.com

Internationally unknown artist, curator and founding Reverend of NAP Church and the controversial Southern Naptist Convention Emily Sloan is currently based out of Beulah, Texas and Houston, Texas. When not promoting the benefits of napping, Sloan employs the role of investigative performer Zarvin Mindler inspired by Houston investigative reporter Marvin Zindler. To see more of her work, please visit: www.emilysloan.com

Mike Smith is a multi-medium artist working out of Houston, Texas, recently graduated with a BFA in painting and a minor in art history from the University of Houston. His work actively explores multiple aspects of the human condition, on both a social and personal level. www.mikesmithart.com

Jordan Adair Stephens was born and raised in Houston, TX, and graduated from Baylor University in 2010 with a BFA in Studio Art – Fabric Design, summa cum laude. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is pursuing his MFA at the California College of the Arts. Although he was accepted into the interdisciplinary Fine Arts graduate program through the Textiles department, his most recent work has been focusing on costume, video, and performance. Examples of past work can be found at www.jordanadairstephens.com.

Melissa Tran is a visual artist based in Houston, Texas. She is currently working on the completion of her BFA in Photography/Digital Media at the University of Houston and has interned with the Aurora Picture Show. Her work is tactile in nature, and of recent has revolved around ideas of marriage and domesticity — a sort of extended self portrait.

Alex Tu Lives/works in Houston, TX. BFA painting/interdisciplinary arts/entrepreneurship.

Regina Vigil is a poet/photographer living in Houston. She received a BA in Creative Writing at the University of Houston. She has poetry forthcoming in Indiana Review and her photography was recently a part of Houston Arts Alliance’s Sacred Songs/Sacred Cites – Seeing The Unseen: The Folk Arts of Houston’s Faith Communities photo exhibition.

Sapphire Williams was born in Nassau, Bahamas and now lives and works in Houston, Texas. Currently pursuing her BFA in Sculpture, Sapphire uses a varied series of approaches to explore ideas surrounding codependency. In her non-art making time Sapphire enjoys collecting vintage things, pretty dresses and helping elephants escape the zoo. www.wix.com/sapphirewilliams/art

June Woest was born in Wichita, Kansas. Her M.F.A. is from the University of Houston, where she spent equal amounts of time in the interdisciplinary study of ceramics, painting, and photography. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and earned her undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University in rural western Kansas. She is the proprietor and curator of an alternative exhibition space, RoadsignUSA, a 5 x 12 ft. billboard near her Houston studio. She teaches at Houston Community College, Southeast. www.JuneWoest.com

Mat Wolff is an artist and writer living in Houston, TX. He is a founding member of the artist collaborative DumpTruck and the Associate Director of the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects at the Architecture Center Houston.

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