Brick Haus Collective was established in 2015 by Abby Sherrill and Rachel Fischer to create an organization that connects the diverse arts practices in Denton, Texas. By providing studio space for artists and arts programming for the community, Brick Haus serves as a platform that promotes communication across fields. In May 2015, Brick Haus Collective was awarded one of the first ever Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Microgrant's in recognition of it's mission.
CURRENT RESIDENT ARTISTS
Sherrill’s work engages psychological and philosophical relationships between learning, memory, and reality. Through two- and three-dimensional approaches to mark making, her work references layers of experiential learning and imagined realities.
Sherrill received her MFA in Studio Art - Fibers from the University of North Texas. She has been awarded multiple juror's awards, most recently at the Art in the Metroplex exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas. She received a Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Microgrant to fund the establishment of Brick Haus Collective, where she currently serves as co-director.
Rachel Fischer is a multi-media artist currently residing in Denton, Texas. Through her use of painting and sculpture she explores the juncture between contemporary materiality, natural forms and ancient iconography.
She earned her MFA at the University of North Texas, and has shown in exhibitions across Texas and nationally. In 2014 she was recipient of the Dallas Museum of Art’s, Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund. Most recently she co-founded the artists studios and creative space Brick Haus Collective, which received a 2015 Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Microgrant.
ERIC KOCH & ERIN ALLICE
By day, Eric Koch is an illustrator and designer for UNT's award-winning online course development department CLEAR. By night, he is a freelance illustrator and comic artist. He has a BFA from UNT in Drawing & Painting.
Erin Allice is a practitioner of the Ukrainian art of batik egg decoration known as Pysanky. It is said if the tradition of sharing the decorated eggs ever ceases, the world will be eaten by a giant serpent. Save the world by checking out her locally-owned and operated business Green Faerie Designs.
Madelyn Sneed-Grays is a representational painter born in Dallas, TX. She received her BFA at the University of North Texas and is currently working on her series France; a documentation of her travels and experiences in France.
Madelyn has shown in galleries around the DFW area and has won the Best of Show Marilyn Smith Memorial Award at the Visual Arts Society of Texas 8th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition in 2014, was a finalist in the 2016 Hunting Art Prize and has been selected as one of the winners for the 2016 New Texas Talent Exhibition at Craighead Green Gallery. She now lives in Denton, TX and is being mentored by Rex Hausmann.
FORMER RESIDENT ARTISTS
Analise Minjarez is an El Paso-based artist and educator who creates fiber sculptures using natural dyes, hog gut, and plastics to highlight the contextual differences between materials. Her objects investigate Mexican- American identity and the metaphysical awareness created by the landscape of the Texas-Mexico borderland.
Minjarez received her BFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas and was awarded Innovative Use of Materials by the Dallas Area Fibers Artist in 2013. Most recently, Minjarez and her collaborator Sarita Westrup exhibited their work in a two-person show entitled Tierra Firme at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center in Dallas, Texas.