“For artists of all backgrounds and disciplines drawing is a fundamental part of the art-making process. For some the result has finality and results in a product; The Drawing. For others it is a way to think through engineering of a more elaborate project and results in a sketch. This is not to say that picking up a pencil and putting pencil to paper is the basis for art-making across the board. Drawing is much broader than that and artists of all kinds approach it in many many different ways. Rather, drawing is fundamental simply because it is an activity, a process, in which artist can think and do… simultaneously. That process or activity is the underpinning of this exhibition. That is to say that this not simply a show of drawings, but is an exhibition about drawing.”
J Hill is the Head of the Sculpture Department at the Glassell School of Art ,and Visiting Assistant Professor at theUniversity of Houston. Hill has an extensive exhibition record in venues such as The Contemporary ArtsMuseum, Houston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Project RowHouses; DiverseWorks Artspace, Houston; Lawndale Art Center, Houston;The Galveston ArtsCenter; Galerie Olivier Houg, Lyon, France; TheArlington Museum of Art; and William Campbell Contemporary Art FortWorth. He has lectured at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston;Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and has received numerous grants, awards and honors including a Cultural Arts Council of Houston, Harris CountyFellowship Award and the Artists Fellowship foundation grant. As an installation artist, Hill’s work is socially based and uses language as a signifier of social context and structure. This has led him to explore the relationship between the Cherokee national anthem and the local vernacular of southern African-American neighborhoods.