Big Medium, in partnership with Desert Door Texas Sotol, has announced the three winners of this year’s Desert Door Residency. 2022 marks the second year of the program, which accepted applications earlier this year.
Austin-based artists Jieun Beth, Elizabeth Hudson, and Jesus Treviño will each receive a $1,000 stipend and complete a one-week residency at the Desert Door ranch in West Texas. A group exhibition of the artists’ work will be held in November during the city-wide Austin Studio Tour event.
Learn more about each artist below, via bios provided on Big Medium’s website.
Jieun Beth is an Austin, Texas-based Visual Artist. She was born in College Station, TX (1987) and lived in Chino Hill, CA, but she mostly grew up in South Korea. She says, “she belongs nowhere and belongs everywhere,” reflecting her nomadic journey of relocating every two years until she settled in Austin 10 years ago. This sense of no-belonging became the impetus for her artistic research in the idea of a Personal Identity, exploring themes ranging from a body to spirit, memory to personal truth, personal to collective, death and life, and singular to universal. Her artwork for the past decade reflects the evolution of her understanding by changing the medium, aesthetic, and approach in each series. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Elizabeth Maria Hudson is a mixed media surrealist painter from Dallas, Texas. She studied studio art at Booker T. Washington magnet arts high school, and art history at the University of Texas at Austin. After leaving college, she created over 30 commissioned murals for homeowners and businesses in Dallas, Scottsdale, and Culver City, before eventually returning to Austin to pursue painting as a professional career. She currently works out of a studio at Canopy artist studios in Austin.
Jesus Treviño (b. 1995, Brownsville, Texas) received a BA in Studio Art from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2018, and is currently an MFA candidate in Painting/Drawing from the University of Texas at Austin. He had his first solo exhibition at the Presa House Gallery, San Antonio (2019) and has been included in group exhibitions at the Field Projects Gallery, New York, New York (2021); Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, Carlsbad, New Mexico (2021); Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches, Texas (2022), Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas (2021); K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, Texas (2020); Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts (2019), where he was awarded Best in Show; and recently he curated a group exhibition titled, “Between Two Worlds” at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, Texas (2020).