Jillian Conrad, Assistant Professor
BA, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM
MFA, Sculpture, RISD
Jillian Conrad was born in Farmington, NM and currently lives and works in Houston, TX. She received a BS from St. John’s College, NM and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, RI. Recent awards include the Artadia Artist’s Award (New York, NY), Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant (Houston, TX), and the Kittredge Trust (Boston, MA). She has participated in numerous residencies, including Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Houston, TX), Triangle International Artist Residency (New York, NY), Lower Eastside Printshop (New York, NY), and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program (New York, NY). Important recent exhibitions include Ley Lines at Devin Borden Gallery, On Tenterhooks at Miller Gallery (St. Louis, MO), Not-not-not Image Objects at Meulensteen Gallery, (New York, NY), and Vista at Socrates Sculpture Park (New York, NY); and her work has been discussed in numerous publications including ArtForum, Art Lies, New York Times, and …might be good.
Paul Kittelson, Associate Professor & Area Coordinator
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
MFA, University of Houston
Since 1983, Professor Kittelson has shown his work regionally, nationally and internationally in numerous one-person and group exhibitions. His work was selected for: “Western Sequels: Art From The Lone Star” which traveled from The Athens School of Fine Arts in Athens, Greece (2012) to the Tophane-l Amire Culture & Art Center in Istambul, Turkey (2013). His work was also included in "Contemporary Art Houston: Art From The Lone Star" at the Shanghai Museum of Fine Art, Shanghai China (2006). Nationally, Kittelsons work has been shown in two exhibitions “Big” and “little” at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC (2007); “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). Kittelson’s expressive use of materials and witty sense of subject matter have carried over into his recent local gallery exhibitions: "Bending Venus" (2004), “Elsewhere” (2007) at Barbara Davis Gallery and “Mirror Mirror” (2011) at Nau-haus Gallery, Houston.
Kittelson’s public projects range 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) “Heritage Lanterns” (2005) and “Take Off” (2010) at Hobby Airport. 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).
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