Residencies during COVID-19. What to expect?
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Mari Hernandez is a multidisciplinary artist. A career in non-profit arts organizations led her to explore socially engaged and identity-based art, as well as its contributions to human and community development. Simultaneously, Hernandez became concerned with the lack of representation of women of color in her arts community in San Antonio, Texas. These experiences deeply influenced her artistic development.
Inspired by appearance altering photographers and early Mexican-American artists, Hernandez began experimenting with self-portraiture to address questions about identity. As a co-founder of the Chicana art collective Mas Rudas (2009-2015), her self-portraits focused on Chicana aesthetic. Her solo practice is guided by these early influences, but Hernandez continues to expand her repertoire and skill base.
Selected group exhibitions in San Antonio include The McNay Art Museum, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Artpace San Antonio, the Institute of Texan Cultures, Centro de Artes and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, Catherine G. Murphy Gallery in Minnesota plus the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee. Solo exhibitions include the Southwest School of Art and Staniar Gallery at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. Hernandez is a graduate of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute and Arts Advocacy Institute, and she participated in the inaugural Public Art San Antonio Mentorship Course. In 2017, she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Fund for the Arts Grant. Hernandez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
JUAN C. ESCOBEDO
Juan C. Escobedo uses childhood memories, fashion, and class/ race politics as the major catalysts for his artwork. The work explores his identity as a border town, brown person, from a lower-class background in a predominantly white structured world, and residual class and race shame.
His work consists of installations with objects primarily composed of cardboard, a material charged with preconceived notions of crudeness, utilitarianism, disposability, and brownness— characteristics which parallel Escobedo’s identity as a brown, queer male, raised in a low-socioeconomic community."
Benjamin McVey is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on the mediums of drawing, painting, and sculpture. His work explores organic and architectural spaces through abstracted and geometric imagery, while working in-between two- and three-dimensional forms. He received his BFA from Texas State University in Communication Design in 1995 and his MFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio in Studio Art in 2012. Previously, he studied painting and drawing in New York City at the Art Students League and National Academy School. He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas where he maintains a vigorous studio practice along with holding the position of Gallery Manager at Trinity University. He has exhibited extensively and has works in both private and public collections.
Artist residencies include The Studios at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams, MA, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, receiving an Artist/Writer Grant, and at The League Residency at Vytlacil in Sparkill, NY, receiving the Ruth Katzman Scholarship.
Sarah Fox’s multi-media narratives and characters are created from embodied female experience. Stories of life, loss, sex and love are told through corporeal hybrid creatures. The resulting collages, cyanotypes, and animations suggest a childlike fairytale but with an undercurrent of dark symbolism.
Her work has been shown throughout Texas, as well as in the Kinsey Institute (Bloomington, Indiana), Field Projects Gallery (New York, New York), Espacio Dörffi (Lanzarote, Canary Islands), Bedsetter Art Fair (Vienna, Austria), and Casa Lü (Mexico City). In 2019 she was a recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant that allowed her to live and work at the Women’s Studio Workshop in NY with her son.
She was raised in Houston, Texas and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas with her 2-year old son William and their dog Myra. She is the director of the innovative community art space Clamp Light Studios and Gallery, the creator and co-director for the Brick Gallery in the Blue Star Arts Complex. She teaches at the Southwest School of Art and Texas State University.
Taylor Galvan is a multi-media artist currently living and working in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2013, she spent time working as a public school educator in addition to developing her personal work. She is now focusing on reconnecting with her studio practice and is a resident artist and studio member of Clamp Light Studios and Gallery.
In her work, she is interested in exploring complex perspectives within her culture and environment. Using allegory as an investigative tool, she explores the beauty and humble reality of the human experience, creating ambiguous moments of familiarity with a tinge of discomfort.