In partnership, Big Medium and the LINE Austin are proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 LINE Residency. Chosen by a curatorial panel from both Big Medium and the LINE Austin, three local artists have been selected to take part in the first edition of the program, which will run from July through December this year. Artists chosen for this year’s residency are Steef Crombach, Adrian Armstrong, and Chelsea Hernandez.
The LINE Residency is a six week opportunity for local artists to experiment and create in a new environment. Artists will have access to a private studio space within the LINE Austin and access to the hotel and its amenities. While in residence, the artists are encouraged to share their work and process, and become involved with the hotel, its guests, and the local arts community. Each artist will have open hours as well as host one public event during their time in residence. In a city where art spaces are disappearing, Big Medium sees this as an innovative way to address a critical issue with a partner that is similarly committed to nurturing the art community. The open call for the 2020 LINE Residency will occur in December.
July 15 – August 25
Mixed Media, Textile
Steef Crombach was born in Maastricht in the South of the Netherlands. Crombach earned her BFA from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in 2014. Her graduation work ‘Wat een zonde’ won the KABK talent invest price, with which she started doing research into American patterns, objects, colloquialisms, and concrete cultural manifestations in Austin in 2015.
Since that time she has been visiting Austin for extended periods of time to curate, teach, exhibit, and research. In March 2018 Crombach officially relocated to Austin. She organized and curated the nine-artist exhibition “Expedition Batikback” at Co-Lab Projects. Her work “Piet” was selected by the Dutch king to be on exhibition at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam and she is a recipient of the renowned ‘Contribution young talent’ grant from the Mondriaan Fund in the Netherlands.
September 5 – October 15
Mixed Media, Drawing
Adrian Armstrong is a multidisciplinary creative from Omaha, NE now living and working out of Austin, TX. Armstrong received his BFA from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2014. He is also the co-founder of Brown State of Mind, an Austin based organization dedicated to pursuing the interests of creatives of color and their ideas.
Through portrait and figurative practices, Armstrong’s work explores identity and what it means to be a black person living in modern America. His work touches on topics such as depression within the black community, systematic oppression, and police brutality; but on the other side of the spectrum explores fashion, love, success, and growth.
November 4 – December 15
Chelsea Hernandez is a Mexican-American filmmaker based in Austin, Texas, recently named as one of Texas Monthly’s “10 Filmmakers on the Rise.” She is an 8-time Lone Star Emmy winning director, producer, and editor. Chelsea started her career in media at the ripe age of nine, hosting and co-producing a local children’s educational TV program with her mother.
She studied film at Adelphi University and Brooklyn College in New York City where she gained internships at Steeplechase Films, home of documentary filmmaker Ric Burns (American Masters: Andy Warhol, Eugene O’Neill) and Jon Alpert’s (Cuba and the Cameraman, The Latin Explosion) Downtown Community Television (DCTV). She is a fellow of Firelight Media Doc Lab and Tribeca/A+E Edit Storylab and All Access.
Jackie Gilles oversees all aspects of brand, creative and community building for the LINE Austin through cultural programming and creative partnerships. With a decade of experience in the sustainable fashion, art and hospitality industries, she has a passion for building emerging brands and cultivating big ideas to enable creative communities to thrive.
Shea Little is the co-founder and Executive Director of Big Medium and continues to oversee the artistic vision, direction, and operations for the organization and all its programs. Little received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC in 2000. He is also a working artist and has shown his work throughout the state in numerous galleries and museums both as an individual artist and also as part of a three person collective called Sodalitas. Little recently attended the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and achieved an Arts Management Certificate in 2015.
Coka Treviño was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and currently resides in Austin, Texas. While studying for her BFA, Treviño started working at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Monterrey supporting the Exhibitions department, where she fell in love with the art world. She has worked for art galleries, museums, and universities, and has held every position imaginable in the industry, curating being her favorite. In 2009 she founded The Projecto in Monterrey, looking to facilitate cultural exchange with different cities and artistic expressions. In 2010 they made their move to Austin, Texas where The Projecto has been hosting Mexican artists and collaborating with different local institutions to enable dialog and community enrichment. Currently, she’s working as the Program Coordinator at Big Medium.
The LINE Austin is a community collaboration inspired by the juxtaposition of downtown’s energy and the natural beauty of Lady Bird Lake. Designer Sean Knibb and architect Michael Hsu have created a distinctive Austin experience, anchored by three world-class restaurants from Sydell Group and an artist residency program highlighting emerging local artists and community partners. The LINE Austin hosts unique events rooted in the neighborhood that bring locals and travelers together.
Big Medium is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary art in Texas. Big Medium produces the East Austin Studio Tour, the West Austin Studio Tour, the Texas Biennial, and present innovative exhibitions throughout the year. Big Medium provides affordable studio space to artists, and partners with various organizations in Texas to help foster the arts and facilitate an inclusive cultural dialogue between artists and their communities.
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Big Medium is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Big Medium is also supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts and by generous contributions from private donors.