ST.ART Artist Residency
The ST.ART Artist Residency Program exposes students to career possibilities through regular interactions with local artists, designers, historians, curators and more. Collaborating with ST.ART Artist Residents, students will gain insight into the process, style, methods and life of a wide range of arts careers. Each summer the program will select up to four Austin area creatives to highlight the many possibilities of pursuing arts education and a career in art + design. Students will learn about a resident’s process during the month long program, including techniques for making, project development, business practices and more.
ST.ART Artist Residents are offered a studio space in the Department of Art & Art History’s Art Building, gaining access to studios and labs. Residents will be generating new works during the summer months and lead high school students in weekly sessions throughout the ST.ART Intensive program. Residents are invited to exhibit a small selection of works created during the residency and to be featured at the end-of-summer ST.ART Exhibition at the Visual Arts Center.
2022 ST.ART Artist-in-Residence
Hannah Spector is an interdisciplinary visual artist and poet working out of Austin, TX. Spector thinks of language as a solid object—a concrete and spatial expression that can overturn limiting perceptions of the everyday. Spector has exhibited work at The San Antonio Museum of Art, Blue Star Contemporary (SATX), Mass Gallery (ATX), The Visual Arts Center (ATX), Colab Projects (ATX), Transformer Gallery (DC), and Pyramid Atlantic (DC). They received their MFA from UT Austin and currently hold a Lecturer position at Texas State University and UT Austin. They also work as a community printmaking instructor at Flatbed Press.
Interview with Hannah
Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?
I received a BA in 2015 from The George Washington University. There, I studied Literature and Creative Writing, with a focus on Poetry and Philosophy. I received my MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020, with focuses in Printmaking and Transmedia.
What is your preferred material to work with?
For printmaking, I am constantly mesmerized by copper plate etching. In New Media, I love working with video, as it is an ephemeral, malleable document of time.
What excites you about working with our summer students? Is there any info you’d like to share with students about how they might interact with you?
Before graduate school, I used to teach yoga to children and young adults ranging from ages 4-18. While I do love teaching at the collegiate level, I miss teaching a variety of ages. In my course, I encourage students to unplug and really get in touch with the materials—to see them as an extension of their body. This might sound a bit strange at first, but in printmaking, performance, and video, we are using tools to extend the possibilities of our bodies. Within that, we can find surprising ways to express and open ourselves to the world around us.
Who inspires you as an artist?
I am mostly inspired by the community of artists surrounding me. The list is far too long to type out, but seeing the work of my friends and colleagues is a huge joy and inspiration for my own practice. In terms of established artists, I admire Agnès Varda and Andrei Tarkovsky’s films, Louise Bourgeois’ entire practice (her prints are especially exquisite), David Hockney’s etchings, Ana Mendieta’s performance work, and Joan Jonas’ performance and video work. I am also an avid reader and writer of poetry—that is a place where I constantly feel fed. I’m currently reading an Italo Calvino book of short stories and poetry by Ilya Kaminsky.
What is your favorite thing about summer in Austin?
As a Floridian, I am naturally drawn to all bodies of water, and I really appreciate the cold spring fed water here. I try to swim at least every other day in Austin, as its a nice reset in the heat.
What have you always wanted to try, but haven’t yet?
Within the next decade, I hope to direct a feature length film. I’ve been messing around with short films, video art, and multichannel video, and it feels as though it is building towards this future. I am slowly working, thinking, and collecting with this in mind.
Previous ST.ART Artists in Residence
2021 – SARAH FAGAN
sarahfagan.com | @sarahfaganart | ST.ART Interview & Student Project
2020 – XOCHI SOLIS
xochisolis.com | @xochisolis | ST.ART Interview & Student Project
Contact ST.ART Director Amelia Fleming via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.