Hill House Current and Past Artist News


Join us in welcoming Katie Ford to the Hill House. Katie's practice explores the concepts of personal landscape and intimate space through the construction of mixed media installations, objects, and works on paper. From Katie's website

I see my experience moving through the world as fundamentally linked to the landscapes I inhabit and those that are made through my interactions with the people and spaces around me. These may be the physical space of a conversation, a familiarly traced path through a neighborhood, or the emotional tug of two people in faraway cities. My work comes out of the desire to dig into the relationships we build around our physical and emotional habitats.

Katie has exhibited her work nationally and has been awarded residencies with organizations such as Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC), Have Company (Grand Rapids, MI), Cabin Time (itinerant), and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. She will be at the Hill House until mid-March. Welcome, Katie!


Past Hill house Artist News

So much is happening with so many of the Hill House alums; we're just going to go ahead and blurt it all out right here! Seeing all this creativity and momentum from so many Hill House artists really truly makes our hearts warm. Y'all deserve a hearty pat on the back and a hug (and fair wages and compensation for your art!). Keep up the awesome work. 


New Albums/Published WorK/Exhibits/Music Videos

Brandi George, poet, earned her PhD from Florida State University last week, and published her first book of poems, Gog, in November 2015 with Black Lawrence Press. 

Scott Hocking will be featured in Essay'd, 30 Detroit Artists, available August 2016 through Wayne State University Press. 

Trevor Grabill, Skye Livingston and Thais Beltrame artwork featured on Michigan Writers Dunes Review Journals.

Erik Jarvis has a new EP coming out soon. 

Max Lockwood released a new EP Dudee Free in December 2015.  

Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen successfully funded their new album through Kickstarter. 

Phillippe Nash's new track, "Something in My Eye" was released in January 2016. 

Jason Ackman's work was featured in the exhibition, "Transition," earlier this month at The Applebee Art Gallery at MacMurray College.

Katie Vota is currently running a solo exhibition and participating in a residency at Corner. The exhibition, entitled "Transference of Touch: From Garment to Body" is in collaboration with Chicago's 2nd Floor Rear Performance Festival.


Matthew Kennedy has programmed 'The Last Place on Earth,' a double concerto for saxophone, percussion, and string quartet for the University of South Florida's 2016 New Music Festival

Rachel Cole's film Monsters and Animals will show at the Queens World Film Festival on March 18. 

Artists at Other Residencies

Christy George is in residence at 'A Studio in the Woods' for Spring 2016. Christy is one of seven artists awarded a Flint and Steel Residency this season. These residencies match artists with faculty members to create risk-taking new works designed to fuel social change. 

Erinn Beth Langille runs an artist residency, The Lemon Tree House, in Tuscany for emerging and established artists, musicians, and writers, with an upcoming deadline of March 30, 2016. 

Awards Season

Max Lockwood is up for two Jammie Awards: BIG DUDEE ROO - I Know You Know is up for Song of the Year and BIG DUDEE ROO - Heavy Dudee is up for Best Alternative Album. 

Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen have been nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year by The Deli Chicago. The Deli is an independent publication and website that focuses on local indie music scenes and emerging artists. 

Tiny Desk Concert CONTEST

Many of the Hill House artists are entering the NPR Tiny Desk Concert contest. Check out these videos!

Phew! That's a whole lotta alumni news. Check back soon as we're constantly getting emails and updates about all the cool stuff Hill House alums are up to. 

And if you're interested in becoming a Hill House alum yourself, check out our Artist Residency page to learn all about it. Our next deadline is April 1, so get moving!