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Keliy Anderson-Staley, Assistant Professor

BA, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
MFA, Hunter College, New York, NY

Keliy Anderson-Staley’s work has been exhibited at the Akron Art Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, California Museum of Photography, National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Ogden Museum of Southern Art. She has had major solo exhibitions at Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA; Palitz Gallery in New York City; Society for Photographic Education in Cleveland; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL; and University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME. Her work is included in the collections of Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Comer Collection at UT Dallas, Haverford College, Honickman Foundation, Library of Congress, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, and the Portland Museum of Art (Maine). Locally, she has had solo exhibitions at the Lawndale Art Center, Galveston Arts Center, Houston Center for Photography and Rice University Media Center.

Anderson-Staley’s projects have been funded by grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Houston Arts Alliance, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, George and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation, Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Puffin Foundation. She was a recipient of the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography and the Clarence John Laughlin award from the New Orleans Photo Alliance. In 2010 she was an artist-in-residence at Light Work in Syracuse, NY and the work she produced there was published as a solo issue of their journal, Contact Sheet. Her book of tintype portraits, On a Wet Bough, was published in 2014 by Waltz Books.

Anderson-Staley’s work has been written about and reviewed in the New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Photo District News, Photograph, Art New England, ARTnews, B&W Magazine, Camerawork and Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2016 she completed a major public commission for the Greater Cleveland Rapid Transit Association and the Cleveland Foundation, producing a series of 50 portraits that were installed in the rapid train tunnel at the Cleveland Hopkins airport. She is currently working on a series of public art installations, called Shelter in Place. She is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Anderson-Staley works in color film, digital capture and a range of historic photographic processes, including wet-plate collodion. She is fascinated by portraiture and the complex dynamic between the sitter and the photographer. Her work deals with photographic history and its relationship to our perceptions of cultural identity and the problems of autobiographical representation.

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Stephan Hillerbrand,  Associate Professor 

Interdisciplinary Studies, Munich Art Academy
BFA, Southern Methodist Univeristy
MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art

The collaborative husband/wife team of Mary Magsamen and Stephan Hillerbrand has been working together over the past several years after meeting at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Their work has been included in group exhibitions and screenings nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art and the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. Their work has recently been in group exhibitions at LA Freewaves Film and Video Festival, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Boston Center for the Arts and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. They were awarded the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Residency in New York City at The Woolworth Building, a residency at the Experimental Television Center and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Creativity Award.

Stephan Hillerbrand's exhibitions include Nexus Contemporary Art in Atlanta, Artspace in New Haven and the Mississippi Museum of Art. Hillerbrand is a National Endowment for the Arts and Art Matters Grant recipient and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. He was a Fulbright Fellow for the German Technology and Education seminar and has been awarded a second Fulbright Fellowship to study at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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Delilah Montoya, Professor

BA, University of New Mexico
MA, University of New Mexico
MFA, University of New Mexico

Professor Montoya came to the University of Houston 2001 after teaching at both Smith College and Hampshire College. Her work is grounded in the experiences of the Southwest and brings together a multiplicity of syncretic forms and practices from those of Aztec, Mexico and Spain, to cross-border vernacular traditions, all of which are shaded by contemporary American customs and values.

Montoya's numerous projects investigate cultural phenomena, always addressing and often confronting viewers' assumptions. Women Boxers: The New Warriors, a book project featuring a collection of portraits is such a project. Funded in part by the University of Houston Small Grants Program and Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County and was published though Arte Publico Press. The work was first exhibited during Fotofest 2006 at Project Row House, and later traveled to Los Angeles, New York City, Santa Fe and Dallas where Charles Dee Mitchell reviewed it for Art in America.

Montoya's work was part of with the International Center for Photography exhibition "Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self" and "Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum." Her work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She received 2008 Artadia Award and was honor with Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship in 2009. Her gallery affiliations are Andrew Smith Gallery, Photographs Do Not Bend and Redbud Gallery.

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David Politzer, Associate Professor

Fine Art Photography Study Abroad Program, Glasgow School of Art
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
BS. Skidmore College
MFA. Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

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 New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe), Asterisk Gallery (Cleveland), video_dumbo (Brooklyn) and a solo exhibition at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Next year his photographs will be featured inTexas Talent at Fotofest Gallery and the Houston Center for Photography. He was an artist in residence at Yaddo, the Skowhegan School, Roswell Artist in Residence, the Vermont Studio Center and the Kala Art Institute.

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.

David was Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at Youngstown State University prior to coming to Houston in 2010.

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