Keliy Anderson-Staley, Assistant Professor
BA, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
MFA, Hunter College, New York, NY

Keliy Anderson-Staley came to the University of Houston after teaching at universities in Arkansas and New Jersey and at the Center for Alternative Photography in New York City. She works in color film and a range of historic photographic processes, including wet-plate collodion. Anderson-Staley’s current work deals with photographic history and its relationship to our cultural perception of identity. Her earlier color project, Off the Grid chronicles the lives of a number of families—including her parents in her childhood home—in northern Maine living without electricity or running water. She is also interested in installation art that makes use of photographic media. 

Anderson-Staley’s projects have been funded by grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Howard Foundation (administered through Brown University) and the Puffin Foundation. 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. Anderson-Staley’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, including the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, the California Museum of Photography and the Bronx Museum of Art. Her work is included in the collections of the Library of Congress, Southeast Museum of Photography, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston and the Portland Museum of Art (Maine). Her work has been written about and reviewed in the New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Photo District News, ARTnews, B&W Magazine (UK), Camerawork, Philadelphia Inquirer and Oxford American, which named her one of “100 superstars of Southern art.” Her forthcoming book of tintype portraits, On a Wet Bough, will be published by Waltz Books. 

Photography/Digital Media / BFA



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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.



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.


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 holds an MFA from Syracuse University. David is the recipient of the 2011 HCP Carol Crow Fellowship Award. He has had solo shows at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), Roswell Museum and Art Center (Roswell, NM), Artspace (New Haven, CT) and Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX). Group show and screening venues include the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New Mexico Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, the Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN), Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), the Syracuse International Film Festival, video_dumbo (Brooklyn and New York, NY) and Gallery Korea (New York, NY). He was an artist in residence at Djerassi, Lawndale Art Center, Yaddo, the Skowhegan School, Roswell Artist in Residence, and the Kala Art Institute. 

Politzer is interested in the success and failure of our shared attempts to faithfully represent nature. Using video, collage and photography he struggles to understand the unquenchable human compulsion to recreate nature (for better or worse), while trying to manage and reconcile his own desires to do so.

In past single-channel and performative video sculpture, Politzer explored how mass media representations further confuse the vagaries of contemporary social interaction. For his series “Storytelling,” he was specifically interested in portrayals of masculinity on the big and small screens and the expectations they create. With an intimate, straightforward approach along with humor, Politzer addressed relationships, body image and self-confidence.

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