Watermelon Sandcastle

Thursday, September 8 – October 7, 2022

This virtual exhibition was created in celebration of Stephanie J. Woods’s time at the Interdisciplinary Craft + Photo Residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in the summer of 2022.




About the Artist

Stephanie J. Woods is a multimedia artist from Charlotte, NC, currently based in Albuquerque, NM, where she is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art at UNM. Her work fuses a relationship between photography and fiber. Additionally, her passion for interdisciplinary practices and material language is evident through her collaborations and implementation of symbolic materials that examine performative behavior, domestic spaces, and alternative realities that reference Black American culture and her experiences growing up in the American South.


In 2021 Woods was announced the Gibbes Museum 1858 Prize winner of Contemporary Southern Art and attended a life-changing residency at Black Rock Senegal located in Dakar. Woods is also the recipient of several other residencies and fellowships, including the Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, ACRE Residency, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists Residency, and Penland School of Craft. She has also exhibited her work at Smack Mellon, located in Brooklyn, NY, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, also located in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is featured in the permanent collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, located in Richmond, VA, and she has been featured in BOMB Magazine, Art Papers, Burnaway, and the Boston Art Review.


About the Residency

Houston Center for Photography (HCP) is pleased to partner with Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) to offer an Interdisciplinary Craft + Photography Artist Residency, a program designed for artists creating work at the intersection of contemporary craft and photography.

This three-month residency supports artists with an experimental, multidisciplinary edge, who are testing the boundaries within both fields. Interdisciplinary Craft + Photography residents will be hosted in a studio space at HCCC and will receive all the benefits of regular HCCC resident artists.

Benefits include 24/7 access to studio space, cultural and professional development opportunities, and a monthly stipend that includes a small housing/materials allowance. In addition, residents will receive printing credits and full access to the Digital Lab at HCP. Artists will participate in a joint artist talk and will be included in HCCC’s annual In Residence exhibition, as well as receive an online feature on HCP’s website.

You can find more info on the residency by clicking here.


For questions about this exhibition, please contact André Ramos-Woodard, Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator, at andre@hcponline.org or 713-529-4755, ext. 16.



          • Exhibition on View
            Thursday, September 8 – Thursday, October 7, 2022