Vicki Fowler starts her fourth year as the sophomore level advocate. Her specialties include social practices and performance art.
She was born and bred and sun tea steeped in the concrete of Houston inner citybackyards. She graduated from Kinder HSPVA in 1992 and is thrilled to come full circle and return as a faculty member of the Visual Art Department. She received her BFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002 and her MFA in Performance Art in 2012 from the Chicago Art Institute. Her teaching experiences include consulting at HSPVA, YES College Preparatory, Bayou Village Waldorf School, Westside High School, and residency mentoring at Chicago’s Link’s Hall. Fowler is a life artist, interested in blurring the lines between art and life. Daily, she looks for art opportunities, from the poetic possibilities of a good installation to be arranged on the glass refrigerator shelf to allowing “collaborative” drawings from her daughter over her art works. She is interested in artists as thinkers and the various ways of being an artist. She looks for a variety of ways to connect to her audience particularly in irreverant displays of formal works outside of gallery or museum contexts. She has long led and followed with her gut in her Whole Artist food works and gulped with her heart in her efforts of transformation in ceremony like performance. Fowler has curated, organized, and conceived of artist run spaces including, CSAW Performance Bay of Houston TX and Mutherland, Chicago Il.
She has shown work in the likes of spaces such as: Diverse Works, Blaffer Museum, Lawndale, Project Row House; Houston, The Triangle Space; San Antonio, The Lab, The Luggage Store;
San Francisco, old dusty private apartment attics, Links Hall, Sullivan Gallery; Defibrillator; Chicago, PERFORM NOW; LA, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Craft Winston Salem NC, and in the cab of her truck driving...looking for an open field.
Tim Glover is the Junior Level Advocate and he oversees all sculptural work in the department. In addition, he oversees our Independent Studio Practices. He received his BFA from Memphis College of Art and his MFA in sculpture from the University of South Florida. He and his wife, Mary, moved to Houston in 1986. Mr. Glover taught sculpture at the Kinder HSPVA from 1997 to 2003 as a consultant and in 2010 he began teaching art full-time at Edison Middle School and later at Bellaire High School. In 2013 he was welcomed back to join the faculty at HSPVA. Mr. Glover has received commissions from the City of Houston, Metro Light Rail, The Children’s Museum Houston, the Houston International Festival and the University of Houston. As a board member of Buffalo Bayou ArtPark he was instrumental in bringing the 18th International Sculpture Conference to Houston in 2000. His professional achievements include the distinguished Pollack-Krasner Award, the Presidential Scholars Distinguished Teacher in the Arts Award from the U.S. Department of Education and several grants from the Houston Arts Alliance. His artwork is in public, private and corporate collections throughout the country.
Ellen Phillips is the freshmen coordinator. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Ms. Phillips is an alum of Kinder HSPVA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she primarily studied painting and printmaking. Prior to this coming school year, Ms. Phillips worked in the Visual Arts Department as a Consultant for one year. As a Consultant, Ms. Phillips educated students in Applied Drawing, Art Awareness, and Senior Independent Studio. Her background also includes working at Rothko Chapel, archiving mid-century modern furniture, graphic design and publishing. In her free time, Ms. Phillips enjoys spending time with family, creative writing, maintaining a personal studio practice, and collaborating with makers in the Houston community and beyond.
David Waddell has been teaching at Kinder HSPVA since 2007 and is the chair of the Visual Arts Department. As a proud alum, he is fully engaged in leading the department to new levels of excellence as we are now at our new building. Mr. Waddell was the Coordinator of the 11th grade and the director of media studies for 8 years and enjoyed the challenge of directing juniors find their artistic direction. Currently, he oversees seniors and sending them off into the world.
A 1999 graduate of HSPVA in Visual Arts, Mr. Waddell earned his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters of Fine Arts at the American University. His background experience in education includes his various positions for the Blaffer Art Museum, the Aurora Picture Show, the American University, Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston.
Mr. Waddell participated in residency programs at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and Lawndale Art Center. He has been included in shows and screenings at Fotofest, the Katzen Art Center, Lawndale Art Canter and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, among others. He was also featured in Fresh Arts inaugural season of CSA Project in 2013. Mr. Waddell debuted a video installation at the Silos off of Washington Avenue and had a solo show at Box13 Artspace in 2015. In 2017, Mr. Waddell was named a Distinguished Teacher for the Presidential Scholars of the Arts. Currently, Mr. Waddell works out of his home studio and enjoys being a father.
Isabel Arbelaez is teaching photography and art history this year. She has extensive teaching experience.
Christopher Cascio is a painter based in Houston, TX who works with mixed media and explores themes of obsession, compulsion and ritual. He is no longer emerging but not quite at mid-career, and is a graduate of HSPVA, the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA, ’99) and the University of Houston (MFA, ’13). Cascio has shown extensively in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, San Antonio, and San Francisco. In 2014 he was included in the Contemporary Art Museum’s 65thanniversary show Outside the Lines. He was recently featured in Sneeze Magazine and reviewed in Art in America. Cascio teaches at Sam Houston State University and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Dylan DeBock Conner, born in Houston, TX in 1989, received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011 and his MFA from University of Houston in 2019. Houston artists Tim Glover and Ed Wilson, have been key in helping Conner hone his craft over the past decade. Conner builds sculpture primarily using mild steel, stainless steel, plaster, and concrete. Found objects are frequently used in his work as well. He has been instrumental in the creation of a number of large-scale public works including Ed Wilson’s Soaring in the Clouds at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. Conner recently completed his first major public commission entitled Firefly Field, which is permanently installed as the gateway to Houston’s second oldest park, Woodland Park, in the Woodland Heights. Conner currently works in Houston among a tightly knit community of artists in a locally cherished studio space called El Rincón Social.
Katie Christman is excited to be returning to teach textiles. She is a Kinder HSPVA alum.
Tess Doyle starts her third year as our printmaking teacher. She received a BFA from Milwaukee College of Art and Design. She is a member of Burning Bones Press and is an active artist in our community.
Ryan Francisco is working with freshman and sophomores this year. She is teaching design based classes. She is an alum from the theater department.
Angel Oloshove is new staff to HSPVA Visual Arts department with a focus on studio ceramics. She attended California College of the Arts. She has a passion for teaching and helping students reach their full potential as studio artists by fostering both conceptual and technical ability. Her ceramic sculpture has been featured in ArtForum, Texas Monthly, FORM design magazine and LULA Japan. In 2019, she was short listed for the American Craft Council Emerging Artist award.
Diana Sanchez is an alum. She teaches freshman drawing and elective painting classes.
Katherine Trimble is a cellist and visual artist who is new to the Houston area. Originally from Rochester, NY, she earned a BFA in Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design (2006) and an MFA in Art & Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012), and has performed and exhibited her audiovisual work internationally in a wide range of art spaces, film festivals, music venues and public spaces. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she also led students on numerous study trips around the world, and at Columbia College Chicago. She aims to motivate students to find their own ways of defining, creating and maintaining a sustainable and fulfilling individual practice, whatever that means for them. katherinetrimble.com