Women & Their Work is pleased to announce the artists selected for our 2021 solo exhibition series. Chosen from a recent call for entries, these 8 artists were selected from a field of nearly 300 entries sent in from across the state. Each artist will create a new body of work for her exhibition.
Alexandra Robinson grew up in the military and has lived all over the world. She was raised with her immediate family; the intersection of her Mexican and Jewish heritage which has cultivated a complexity in how she sees and experiences the world. Since 2012, she has been living in Austin, Texas by way of Kansas City, her adopted hometown. She received her MFA from the University of Cincinnati and currently teaches at St. Edward’s University in Austin.
Ariel René Jackson grew up between New Orleans & Mamou, LA. She currently lives and works in Austin where she completed her MFA at The University of Texas at Austin in 2019. Themes of loss and transformation are embedded in Jackson’s multidisciplinary work focuses on land as a site of negotiation between symbol and meaning. How sense of place is learned and passed on informs her most recent work.
Jenelle Esparza is an interdisciplinary artist who was born in the coastal city of Corpus Christi and currently lives in San Antonio. She received her BFA in photography from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Esparza was selected for the State of the Art II 2020 survey of American Art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and The Momentary in Bentonville, AR. She is the recipient of numerous honors including the 2018 Artpace International Artist Residency. Esparza examines the lesser-known history of cotton and labor in South Texas through photography and textiles, and incorporates concepts of body movement, history, gender, identity, culture, and race.
Based in Bellville, Lindy Chambers transforms the often overlooked aspects of life to discover an otherwise unseen beauty in the ordinary — in mobile homes, stray dogs and piles of trash. Her work has been featured in galleries and museums across the U.S. including Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Dallas; Lawndale Art Center, Houston; The Grace Museum, Abilene; Brownsville Museum of Fine Art; Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, Colorado; and the Pelham Art Center, New York.
Based in Dallas, Melanie Clemmons is a new media artist interested in the effects of technology on society. She makes videos, net art, installations, and VR experiences. In 2018, Clemmons toured with Pussy Riot doing visuals and music videos during their first North American tour and has collaborated with Zak Loyd as Vidkidz since 2009. Her work has been shown at HeK (House of Electronic Arts), Basel, Switzerland; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles; UPFOR Digital, Portland; Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; TRANSFER Gallery, Brooklyn; Denver Digerati; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; ATLAS Blackbox, Boulder, CO; and many other DIY spaces and venues.
Based in Austin, Rachel Wolfson Smith is an artist known for her immersive graphite drawings. Her most recent exhibitions were with Colony Design and Design Milk at NeueHouse (NYC), and at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art (CA). Wolfson Smith is a 2018 alumni of The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group and has participated in artist residencies including 100W Corsicana (TX) and the Babyan Culture House (Turkey). Her work is in public and private collections from artist Kiki Smith to the Austin Fire Department. She has been awarded grants for research, travel, and community programing from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Awesome Foundation, and the City of Austin. Wolfson Smith earned her MFA from Indiana University and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art.
Born in Egypt, Rehab El Sadek is a conceptual artist whose career has spanned over 25 years, working and exhibiting in over 17 countries and 4 continents. Utilizing media such as sound, photography, sculpture, and the written word, her work explores issues related to immigration, belonging, communication, and language. She earned a BFA in painting from Alexandria University, Egypt.
Born in Maastricht in the Netherlands, Steef Crombach earned her B.F.A from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in 2014. Her work, ‘Wat een zonde’, won the KABK prize which allowed her to research American patterns, objects, colloquialisms, and concrete cultural manifestations in Austin in 2015. Since that time she has been visiting the United States 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. She was the first recipient of Big Medium’s artist in residence at The Line Hotel.
This year’s jury panel was comprised of alumni artists Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Tammie Rubin as well as Women & Their Work staff including Chris Cowden, Rachel Stuckey, and Diane Sikes. Jennifer Ling Datchuk is a San Antonio based artist who holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, a BFA from Kent State University and teaches at Texas State University in San Marcos. She recently received awards from United States Artists, the American Craft Council, Artpace, and Blue Star Contemporary. Rubin is an Austin based artist who holds an MFA from the University of Washington, a BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and teaches at St Edward’s University in Austin. She has exhibited nationally and is a member and curator with two Austin-based artist collectives; ICOSA and Black Mountain Project.