Michael Ray Charles, Roy and Lillie Franz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Painting
BFA, Advertising Design, McNeese State University
MFA in painting, University of Houston
Michael Ray Charles, one of the nation’s most prominent contemporary artists, returns to his alma mater as a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Painting. His work is regularly shown in major venues in the United States and abroad, including the first major retrospective of his work at the Blaffer Gallery (University of Houston) in 1997. In 2001, Charles was part of the first group of artists to participate in the PBS series titled Art21. Charles was a consultant on the making of the Spike Lee film Bamboozled (2000). The artist was listed as one of the top future African American scholars under the age of 40 in Black Issues in Higher Education in 2003, and has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Rachel Hecker, Associate Professor
BFA in sculpture, Moore College of Art
MFA in painting, Rhode Island School of Design
Rachel Hecker has received extensive critical attention and has exhibited widely, including one-person exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and Art Pace, San Antonio. Her work is represented in many public collections including of the Dallas Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has completed public commissions for the Federal Reserve Bank and The General Services Administration, and her work for civic arts projects earned her an American Institute of Architects Artist Award. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award in Painting, and a 2006 Artadia Artist Award.
Aaron Parazette, Professor
BA, University of South Florida
MFA, Claremont Graduate School
Associate Professor Parazette came to Houston in 1990 as a Core Fellow of the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 1994 he was awarded a Mid-American Arts Alliance, NEA Fellowship, and in 2005 he received an Artadia Prize. Reviews of his work have appeared in ArtPapers, Art in America, the Houston Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the New Art Examiner, and the New York Times.
Parazette has had solo exhibitions at the Texas Gallery, Houston; Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles; Angstrom Gallery, Dallas; and Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio. His work has been included in numerous group shows including The Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; The Loggia Gallery, Toronto; Hall Walls, Buffalo, NY; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. In 2001 Parazette was in a two person show with Ken Price at the Austin Museum of Art, and in group exhibitions at the Eun Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, and Exit Art, New York. In 2002 he exhibited site-specific wall murals as part of a two person show with Sharon Engelstein at the Contemporary Arts Museum of the University of South Florida in Tampa. Parazette had a solo show at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston in 2004. In 2005 he did a solo exhibition at the Suburban in Chicago, and a Project Space at the ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid. In 2006 he had solo exhibitions at Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco, and Marlborough Gallery in New York.
Gael Stack, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Art
BFA, University of Illinois
MFA, Southern Illinois University
Professor Stack has an ongoing national and international exhibition record. Since joining the faculty in 1975, she has had over forty-four one-person exhibitions and has been included in innumerable group exhibitions. Her work has been written about and collected widely.