artistinterview

Episode 13: Nic Nicosia

Nic Nicosia is an internationally-recognized artist who recently returned to Dallas after ten years in Santa Fe. Nic gained notoriety in the early eighties as one of the leaders of the staged photography movement. He has been selected for the Whitney Biennial twice – once for his photography and once for a film. He has also been selected for participation in Documenta, the Kassel, Germany-based art exhibition which gathers the best of the art world for site specific works every five years. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, amongst many others. He has been the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston hosted a 20-year retrospective in 1999 which subsequently travelled to other venues; and in 2012, a major retrospective of his life’s work was published by the University of Texas Press. Nic is represented in Dallas by Erin Cluley Gallery.

I recently sat down with Nic at his home studio where we discussed growing up in Dallas, studying filmmaking, being part of a movement, the changing art world in Santa Fe, the willingness to continue to try new things, and the measurement of time.

Website: nicnicosia.com

Instagram: @nicnicosia

 

     

Episode 11: Debora Hunter

Debora Hunter is a Dallas-based photographer who taught art and photography at SMU for 40 years. A native of architecturally-rich Oak Park, Illinois, her work reflects an acute awareness of architectural space and the ability to capture the unique characteristics of a specific place. Deborah obtained an undergraduate degree from Northwestern before obtaining her MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied under photography giants Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. She has been part of group exhibitions at a variety of institutions, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Light Factory, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and MOMA, as well as solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the George Eastman House.

I recently sat down with Deborah at her home studio in Dallas where we discussed her childhood riding the “L” to the Art Institute, the emergence of photography as an area of arts study, her love of Taos, planting roots in Dallas and what it’s like to be a classically-trained photographer in the age of Instagram.

Website: deborahunter.com

Instagram: @debora__hunter

 

                  

Episode 10: Liz Trosper

Liz Trosper is a Dallas-based artist whose work utilizes assemblage and digital imaging to challenge the conventional definitions of painting. She came to painting after the prolonged study of political science and public administration, as well as professional experience in the public sector. Liz obtained her MFA at UT Dallas, a program that focuses on the intersection of traditional art theories with emerging technologies. While there, she was a resident at UTD’s highly touted CentralTrak residency program. Liz is represented by Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, and her work has been shown in art spaces such as The Dallas Contemporary, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Richland College, UT Dallas, Academic Gallery in New York and many other galleries and exhibition spaces. She is a lecturer at UT Dallas and curates a nonprofit experimental art space in Dallas called Umbrella.

I recently sat down with Liz at her Deep Ellum studio where we discussed growing up in the suburbs, the landscape of community-level politics, studying philosophy, using technology in the studio, and the satisfaction of finding your life’s calling.

Website: liztrosper.com

Instagram: @lizzytrosper

 

    

    

    

    

Episode 9: Ted Kincaid

Ted Kincaid is a Dallas-based artist whose work challenges the notion of photography as a subjective record. Through the use of digital and traditional processes, Ted is creating a new type of painting informed by photo-imagery and a new type of photography influenced by painting. He received his BFA from Texas Tech and his MFA from the University of Kentucky before returning to Dallas to set up his practice. He has been reviewed in ARTFORUM, ARTPAPER and ART ON PAPER and is included in the permanent collections of both the Dallas Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, as well as a host of corporate collections, including a massive 700-square foot canvas in the Dallas Omni Convention Center Hotel. Ted is represented by a number of galleries around the U.S., including Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas and Devin Borden Gallery in Houston.

I recently sat down with Ted at his home in Dallas where we discussed the veracity of the photographic image, pictorialism, the sublime, the former grandeur of Valley View Mall and the current state of arts education.

Website: tedkincaid.com

Instagram: @tedkincaid

Galleries: Talley Dunn Gallery (Dallas), Devin Borden Gallery (Houston), Arthur Roger Gallery (New Orleans), Schoolhouse Gallery (Provincetown, MA), Manneken Press (Bloomington, IL)

 

      

       

     

 

  

 

Episode 8: Timothy Harding

Timothy Harding is a Fort Worth-based artist who uses line, color, pattern and repetition to create depth and space in paintings, reliefs and sculptural installations. A native Texan, Timothy received his BFA from Texas Woman’s University and his MFA from Texas Christian University. He’s been the recipient of both a Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Microgrant, as well as a Kimbrough Fund Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art, where he is currently completing a residency in the museum’s Center for Creative Connections. He is represented in Dallas by Cris Worley Fine Art.

I recently sat down with Timothy at his Fort Worth studio where we discussed his residency at the Vermont Studio Center, life in college towns, grids, Xacto knives and students who wear chaps.

Website: timothyevanharding.com

Instagram: @timothy.harding

 

Episode 6: Joseph Havel

Joseph Havel is a world-renowned artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. In addition to his studio practice, Joseph is Director of the Glassell School of Art and its acclaimed Core Residency Program. Originally from Minnesota, he obtained his BFA from the University of Minnesota and his MFA from Penn State. Joseph is best known for his ever-changing body of work which consists mostly of sculptures, but also drawings. His artwork has been exhibited extensively worldwide and he is part of the permanent collections of many of the world’s top art institutions, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Le Centre Pompidou, The Ministry of Culture – Paris, The Menil Collection and The Museum of Fine Arts – Houston. He has received numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship, the Dallas Contemporary’s Texas Legend Award and Texas State Visual Artist of the Year. He is represented by a number of galleries, including Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas and Hiram Butler Gallery in Houston.

I recently sat down with Joseph in a private viewing room at Talley Dunn prior to a recent opening where we discussed growing up in Minnesota, conceptual art, white shirts, the Glassell School, the state of change in San Francisco and avoiding boxes.

 

 

Episode 5: Mary Vernon

Mary Vernon is a Dallas-based artist and former educator. Mary spent nearly 50 years at Southern Methodist University where she taught art history, painting and drawing, as well as SMU’s noted color theory course. Originally from New Mexico, she completed her undergraduate degree at Cal Berkeley and her MFA at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Mary’s paintings reflect the color theories she so famously taught at SMU. One of her most recent works (“Albers’ House”) is a 36-foot-long oil painting on yupo which was featured in a retrospective at the Grace Museum in Abiliene. Mary’s work can be found in notable local collections, such as The Belo Foundation, The George W. Bush Presidential Library, Meadows Museum, Dallas Country Club, and the U.T. Southwestern Medical Center. Mary is represented in Dallas by Valley House Gallery.

I recently sat down with Mary at her Dallas studio where we discussed early inspirations, Berkeley in the ‘60s, her love of art history, the evolution of the Meadows collection, her impact on generations of art students, her love of yupo and a run-in with Georgia O’Keefe.

Website: maryvernon.com

  

   

Episode 4: Sedrick Huckaby

Sedrick Huckaby is a Fort Worth-based artist known for his large-scale, impasto paintings that reflect his faith, his family history and his community. A native of Fort Worth, Sedrick studied art initially at Texas Weslyan before obtaining his BFA from Boston University and his MFA from Yale. He has gained notoriety nationwide for his large-scale portraits of family and community members, as well as large-scale paintings of family quilts which serve as allegory for themes of family and faith. Widely exhibited and collected, Sedrick’s work resides in the permanent collections of a variety of private and public institutions, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, SFMOMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Sedrick is represented in Dallas by Valley House Gallery.

I recently sat down with Sedrick at his grandmother’s former residence in Fort Worth which he has converted into an artist studio where we discussed growing up in Fort Worth, the work of Henry O. Tanner, authenticity, faith, family, heritage and “The Pit.”

Website: huckabystudios.com

Episode 3: Alison Jardine

Alison Jardine is a British artist and author who lives and works in Dallas. A native of Yorkshire, Alison received an undergraduate degree from the University of London and her MFA from the University of North Texas. Her work spans a broad range of disciplines, including electronic media, sculpture and painting. Her most recent work (Objects From a Future Past) uses concrete cast in sagging, found materials to create reliefs that comment on the notion of the modern landscape. Alison has had video installations featured in Dallas’s Aurora Festival, as well as being named a Finalist for the 2016 Hunting Art Prize for Painting & Drawing. She is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center of Arts & Science, as well as the founder of the Dallas Arboretum Artist in Residence program. She is also author of the book Make Great Art on the iPad which is available through all major book retailers. Alison is represented in Dallas by Erin Cluley Gallery.

I recently sat down with Alison at her studio space within a converted cotton gin in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas where we discussed her life in the UK, her decision to become an artist, her art-making process and making room for experimentation.

Website: alisonjardine.com

Instagram: @alisonjardinestudio

Episode 2: Pamela Nelson

Pamela Nelson is a Dallas-based artist who uses pattern, rhythm and repetition to make brightly colored pieces that draw inspiration from textiles from around the world. A native Texan, Pamela completed her BFA at Southern Methodist University. In addition to exhibitions in more than 100 venues, her commissions can be seen at some of Dallas’ highest trafficked destinations, including DFW International Airport, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and NorthPark Center. Pamela has a long history of service to the arts, including co-founding the Stewpot Open Art Program for the homeless in Dallas and ten years of service as Vice-Chair of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the agency that reviews proposed designs for memorials in our nation’s capitol. Among her many recognitions, Pamela received the Legends Award from the Dallas Contemporary in 2000. She is currently represented by Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas.

I recently sat down with Pamela at her studio in a converted apartment off of Turtle Creek where we discussed her childhood in Dallas, her grandmother’s influence, the challenges of commissions, the universal language of art, the importance of family and the menagerie of places where she has tried to set up a studio.

Website: pamelahnelson.com

Instagram: @pamelanlsn