Jillian Conrad , Associate Professor
MFA, Sculpture, RISD
BA, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM
Jillian grew up in New Mexico, and moved to Houston From NYC. She has a BA in Classics from St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM (1995) and an MFA in Sculpture from RISD (2004). She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colorado College from 2004-2006 and moved to New York in 2006 to participate in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program. From 2008-2010 she will be part of the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has participated in numerous residencies, including Art Omi, Vermont Studio Center, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Lower Eastside Printshop. Recent shows include The solid matter of a celestial body at Clough-Hanson Gallery in Memphis, TN, Interface Nature at Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY, and Colliding Islands at Cast Gallery, Hobart, Australia. Jillian was an artist teacher with the Joan Mitchell Foundation, NY and a graduate studio critic at the Maine College of Art.
Paul Kittelson, Associate Professor & Program CoordinatorMFA, University of Houston
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
Since 1983, Professor Kittelson has shown his work regionally and nationally in numerous one-person and group exhibitions. His work was selected for: “Contemporary Art Houston” at the Shanghai Museum of Fine Art, Shanghai China (2006), “Food Matters - Explorations in Contemporary Art” at the Katona Museum of Art in New York (2003) and The Altoids Curiously Strong Collection at the New Museum in New York (1999). He has received a Creative Artist Program Award (1997) from the Cultural Arts Council Houston, An NEA Arts-In-Education Grant (1996) and a Mid- America Arts Alliance Grant (1989).
Kittelson participates in both traditional exhibits and public projects that have ranged from early site-specific works using discarded materials- “Stegosaurus” (1986) and “Mindless Competition” (1988)- to numerous community based projects: “Travisaurus” (1992), “Douglass Elementary”(1996) and Cunningham Elementary (1995). His more recent accomplishments include large-scale commissions at prominent locations in downtown Houston: “Bayou Beacons” (2001) and “Heritage Lanterns” (2005). Kittelson's expressive use of materials and witty sense of subject matter have carried over into his recent gallery exhibitions: “Bending Venus” (2004) and “Elsewhere” (2007) at Barbara Davis Gallery. Both series dealt with domestic imagery (food and furniture) in an absurd and evocative fashion that is characteristically Kittelson.
Anna Mayer, Assistant Professor
MFA, California Institute of the Arts
BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BA, Washington University
Mayer’s practice is sculptural and social, with an emphasis on hand-built ceramics. Her methodology emerges from enacting formative site-specific projects in Southern California, an interest in the relationship between speech and consciousness, and extensive engagement with the various social practices and feminist histories of Los Angeles. Selected exhibitions include Night Gallery (LA), Galerie Catherine Bastide (BR), Ballroom Marfa (TX), Kendall Koppe (UK), Commonwealth & Council (LA), Klaus Von Nichtssagend (NY), Machine Project (LA), Hammer Museum (LA), Luckman Gallery at CalState LA, and Pomona Musem (CA). In 2014 she, along with UK artist Laura Aldridge, enacted a large-scale social sculpture at the Glasgow International biennial. Mayer’s writing has appeared in X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly and ART21 Magazine, as well as in her artist’s book, Loose Lips Loosen Lips. She contributed a chapter on social practice art to the Institute For Figuring’s Crochet Coral Reef book. In addition to her solo practice, Mayer works with Jemima Wyman as part of the collaborative duo CamLab, which has staged events and exhibited in Los Angeles at MOCA, the Hammer Museum, Armory Center for the Arts, and Wildness at the Silver Platter. In Fall 2015 CamLab was the Wanlass Visiting Artist at Occidental College, and in 2017 they received a Fellowship from The Woman’s Building and Metabolic Studio (CA). Mayer has been Assistant Director of the LA-based Institute For Figuring, a “feral organization”, since 2009.