Current and Past Hill House Artist News

We’re in the thick of the summer and in the thick of our June-November season at the Hill House. We’ve had some awesome folks come through already and we’ve got so many more artists to meet. Read on to learn a little bit more about who’s in that house on the hill this summer season.



We recently said goodbye to Shannon McMullen and Fabian Winkler - a couple who have been collaborating on their artwork and research. Their son joined them at the Hill House as well. Combining artistic expression and social inquiry, they create projects that share insights into the complex relationships between nature, art and technology in tangible and multi-sensory ways. Funding for their work has been awarded by the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University. See what we mean? Some seriously cool, creative people at the Hill House, y’all!

After Shannon and Fabian left, we greeted Vincent Hiscock, a writer from New York. We recently were able to get together as a staff with Hiscock in Bellaire where he told us about what he’s working on and how he found out recently that J.D. Salinger’s favorite restaurant was Burger King. Interesting stuff. We wish Vincent good writing weather and rejuvenating vibes!

After Vincent leaves the Hill House, we’ll get it ready for Shawn Earle, a clarinetist, who (in his own words) uses his research to “evaluate contemporary Canadian clarinet music through the lens of multiculturalism; in particular, I examine how music performance, specifically on the clarinet, is an act of multiculturalism. This project has excited my interest in how the clarinet is able to express and imitate the music of various non-Western cultures. I have created a program for clarinet that is inspired by the music of a variety of cultures. Additionally, in my study of Canadian clarinet music I have discovered that there are no works that reflect my identity as a person of African Nova Scotian descent. I will fill this need by composing a work for the clarinet with African Nova Scotian themes which will be included in the program.”


Did you know that when artists come to the Hill House they stay there free of rent, with yummy, local food provided? A big shout out to Providence Farm, Eden Foods, and The Redheads for donating local produce and conscientiously-prepared food for our artists-in-residence. We hear about the food almost as much as we hear about the inspiration of the house itself.

Don’t forget to tune in to the Artists of the Hill House podcast, produced and recorded by our friend Sean Twomey. The latest episode features Emily Pittinos, a recent alum and the 2017-18 Senior Fellow in Poetry at Washington University in St. Louis.