Jillian Conrad , Assistant 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 & Area Coordinator
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
MFA, University of Houston
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.
Katrina Moorhead, Assistant Professor
BA (Hons), First Class, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, UK
MFA, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, UK
Born in Northern Ireland, Moorhead received her BA and MFA from Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2005 her work was included in an exhibition titled The Nature of Things, as Northern Ireland’s inaugural participation in the Venice Biennale. Other exhibitions include a pretty girl that this man does not love her, (solo) 2006, Inman Gallery, Houston, Sparkle, 2006, Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, A Thing Called Early Blur, (solo) 2007, Blaffer Museum, Houston, and The Luxury of Dirt, 2011, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland.
In addition to the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, she has participated in numerous residencies including the International-Artist-In-Residence Program at Artpace, San Antonio, the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire and SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland. Moorhead has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2007 Texas Prize from Arthouse, Austin, an Artadia, The Fund for Art and Dialogue Award (2008) and a 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors.