Jillian Conrad , Associate 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.