Hill House Artist & Alum Update

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Time got away from us, Hatchies. It’s been far too long since we’ve updated you on what’s happening with the Hill House artists and alum. Forgive us; these are crazy times. Read on to get your fix.



After Kevin Doyle left, the Hill House had a couple dormant weeks so we could do things like replace the roof and get ready for the next season of Hill House artists. Now that it’s ready to rock again, we are happy to be hosting Maria Anderson, a fiction writer from Montana. Her work has recently been published in The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, and The Atlas Review. She was a finalist for the 2016 Iowa Review Contest, the 2016 Dzanc Disquiet International Fiction Award, and the 2015 Missouri Review Editors' Prize. The whole staff was able to catch up with Maria one night in Bellaire and she was excited to be at the Hill House and ready to work.

And to kick off our next season of artists, Anthony Barilla will come to the Hill House in December. Anthony Barilla is a musician, writer, and performance artist based in Houston, Texas. He makes interdisciplinary works, often incorporating his travels in Kosovo, the Caucasus, Africa, and Europe. He has written music for theaters around the U.S. and regularly creates compositions for national radio program This American Life. Act One: Hill House Artist Residency.

We’ll soon be introducing the next crop of Hill House Artists for December-May, but we can tell you this much now: Holy Cow. These folks are impressive, inspiring, and we can’t wait for you to meet em.




Graham Parsons was recently at the Hill House and had this to say about his experience and Crosshatch: “I’ve never really considered myself an 'Artist'. More of an observer/empath who happens to be able to carry a tune. It feels good to know that there are people and organizations out there who find value what I do, in who I am.” Graham, we value you. Catch Graham and The Go Rounds on December 31st at the Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids for a New Years Eve Micro-Fest and Food Drive.

One of XH’s favorite Canadians, Abigail Lapell, was recently named this year’s recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, for her song “Jordan.” Psst, Hatchies, listen up! “Jordan” is about the Jordan River where the Hill House sits. We’re so happy Abigail’s residency inspired this caliber of songwriting, and that it was recognized. You rock, Abigail!

A recent HH alum, Katie Gately, just released an album entitled Color. Stream is here, or better yet: buy it here. Color was favorably reviewed by Stereo Gum, we think you’ll like it too. Katie was featured in Wire magazine and Loud & Quiet magazine, as well as some German publications. Go, Katie, go!

Detroit-based photographer, Scott Hocking, was just named an Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellow. With the fellowship Scott intends to use a portion of the award to complete a site-specific installation in Detroit titled “Signs” supported in part by a Knight Arts Challenge grant. This project includes the creation of 30-50 signs using existing armatures at commercial locations to recreate signs that have disappeared over the last 100 years which has erased much of the history at each site in the process. Through this work, Scott hopes to produce discussions regarding the commodification of art and the history at each location/business and create new perceptions of each selected site. We can’t wait to see this project in person. Keep an eye on Scott, he’s moving and shaking and doing the good work.



Do you LOVE these updates? Are you sitting there thinking, “These artists are so cool. What a cool program to give these folks time and space to keep creating this awesome work.”? If so, a.) we know, right? And b.) we’re HIRING! We’re looking for a new Art Programs Coordinator - someone who will be responsible for the direction and management of the Hill House and our other art programs. Is it you? Check out the full job description and apply now!