The artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Together they create sculpture, installation, performance, video and photographic works they call “Suburban Fluxus”. Often including their two children, Madeleine and Emmett in their work, the family critiques and playfully scrutinizes contemporary suburban life.
Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos in international film and media festivals including Houston Cinema Arts Festival, London SciFi Film Festival, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, New York Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival and MonkeyTown. Their cinematic based installations have been exhibited at the Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY), Center for Photography Woodstock (Woodstock, NY), Diffusion Photography Festival (Wales, UK) and Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX).
They have received grants from Sustainable Arts Foundation, Austin Film Society, Experimental Television Center, Ohio Arts Council, Houston Arts Alliance and Houston Center for Photography. Their project HIGHER GROUND was a commission from the Houston Airport System and received 1st prize from juror Richard Linklater in the CineSpace program at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival.
Hillerbrand+Magsamen have participated in residency programs including: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York, NY), Experimental Television Center (Owego, NY), Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC), Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM). Stephan Hillerbrand is a recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships (Germany) and MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) residency.
Mary and Stephan live and work in Houston with their two children, Madeleine and Emmett.
2016 Gift Shop, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas.
2015 Looking For America, Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography, Wales, England. Curated by David Drake.
Higher Ground, Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York. Curated by Elizabeth Dunbar
Playing House, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2014 Mandala, Central Features Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Mandalas, GGallery, Houston, Texas.
Home Improvement, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, Texas. Curated by Clint Willour
2013 Family Portrait, Center for Photography Woodstock, Woodstock, New York
Sample Sale, Auxiliary Projects, Brooklyn, New York
Stuffed, Brand 10 Art Space, Ft. Worth, Texas
House/Hold, Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland, Oregon
2012 Family Politics, Camara Oscura Galeria, Madrid, Spain
House/Hold, Darke Gallery, Houston, Texas
e-State Sale, Houston Art League, Houston, Texas
Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Online Exhibition: www.visualcontainer.org, Visual Container, Milan, Italy
BEAM Me Up… Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, Florida
Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Real Art Ways Video Gallery, Hartford, Connecticut
2011 House/Hold: Videos by Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
2010 Four Place Setting, Spacetaker Gallery, Fotofest Exhibition, Houston, Texas.
2008 Suspect, Medicine Factory, Memphis, Tennessee
Transcendental Smoothie, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas
Forced Fields, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas
Vision Fields, Dinnerware ArtSpace, Tuscon, Arizona
2007 Vision Fields, St. Mary’s College, South Bend, Indiana
Contractions of an Amorphous Solid, exit (a gallery space), Cleveland, Ohio
2006 Exhale, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, Virginia
2005 air-hunger, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Selected Group Exhibitions, Festivals and Screenings
2016 CounterCurrent 16 Festival, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Houston, Texas. Curated by Karen Farber.
Past/Present/Future, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Curated by Ron Platt
Higher Ground, Presented by Women In Film and Television, Comicpalooza, Houston, Texas.
Residency Alumni Exhibition, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas.
2015 CineSpace, Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston, Texas.
Kaunas Photo Art Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania.
Monkey Town 6, Austin, Texas. Curated by Montgomery Knott.
Space, TEDx Houston, Houston, Texas.
IAH-LHR Film Screening, North and Found, London, UK.
Expanding the Constellation: Elsewhere at Artspace, Artspace, Raleigh, North Carolina. Curated by Jennie Carlisle.
Mouthfeel, Brenda May Gallery, Waterloo, Australia. Curated by Megan Fizell.
And, 601 Artspace, New York, New York. Curated by Jennifer Dalton.
Dreams of Riley’s Friends, Fusebox Festival, Austin, Texas. Collaboration with Kirk Lynn and Steve Moore.
Sci-Fi London Film Festival, London, England.
Dream Home, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pinyao, China. Curated by Alasdair Foster.
The Banlieue! (The Suburbs!), Maison de Arts de Laval, Quebec, Canada. Curated by Jasmine Colliza.
Play, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont. Curated by Matt Neckers.
2014 Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon. Curated by Julia Dolan.
Family Matters, Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Curated by Elizabeth Allen
Women – Experimental Films, The Shed Space, Brooklyn, New York. Curated by Roberta Bonnison.
Tooth and Nail, Vanity Projects, New York, New York. Curated by Darrin Martin.
PhotoTXCetera, Invitational Exhibition, Dallas, Texas. Curated by James Bland and Kevin Page.
2013 Brooklyn Film Festival, Brooklyn, New York.
Texas Biennial, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas.
WPA's Experimental Media Video Screening Series, Washington DC. Juried by Jason Eppink
Consumption, Central Michigan University Gallery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Curated by Anne Gochenour.
Moving Pictures, Brand 10 Art Space, Ft. Worth, Texas.
What’s in Store, Unit at Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, Texas.
2012 Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece.
Art Prize, Kendall Galleries, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Currents 2012 International New Media Festival (Installation and Film Screening) presented by Parallel Studios, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
March 2012, Online exhibition, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Curated by Janet Dees.
What’s in Store, Unit at Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, Texas.
Dog Park, GGallery, Houston, Texas. Curated by Diane Barber.
Optic Nerve Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida.
2011 Texas Biennial, Big Medium, Austin, Texas. Curated by Virginia Rutledge.
State Fair, DiverseWorks Artspace, Houston, Texas. Curated by Diane Barber.
FestArte VideoArt Festival, Triennale di Milano (Museum of Design), Milan, Italy.
Down Stairs, Up Stairs, Athens Video Art Festival, Athens Greece.
2010 Currents 2010, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, presented by Parallel Studios, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Curated Invitational, VAD International Festival of Video and Digital Arts, Casa de Cultura of Girona, Madrid, Spain
New Media, Sex, and Culture in the 21st Century, Museum of New Art, Detroit,MI.
Off the Strip, Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2 Person Exhibition, Mount Airy Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Blender Love (collaboration with Kirk Lynn), FuseBox Festival, Austin, Texas.
Un..Sharpness of the Documentary, The Kunstfilmtag, Düsseldorf, Germany.
A Light at the End of the Tunnel, Scope Basel, presented by Perpetual Art Machine, Basel, Switzerland, curated by Lee Wells.
ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Berlin Germany.
23rd Festival Les Instants Vidéo, BOX Video Art Space, Marseille, France.
Videoholica Special Selection 2010, International Festival of Experimental Art, Bilbao-Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
Home Sweet Home - International Videoart and Performance Festival, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Neukölln, Berlin, Germany.
Boston Underground Film Festival, Boston, Massachusetts.
Videoholica International Video Art Festival, Varna, Bulgaria.
Film Festival, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Down Stairs, Up Stairs, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Gyeonggi-do, Korea.
2009 Interconnectivity, Gallery 125, Houston, TX (3 person exhibition)
Re-Generate Re-Image Re-Focus, Payne Gallery of Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA; curated by Krista Steinke
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Boston Underground Film Festival, Boston, Massachusetts.
Accessibility 2009, Public Art Film & Video Installations, Sumter, South Carolina; curated by Frank McCauley and Bivouac Projects
17 Days Volume 3, Atrium Gallery, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; curated by Adriane Little
Carnival of e-Creativity & Change-agents Conclave, New Delhi, India.
Experiments in Cinema v4.2, Southwest Film Center, Albuquerque, NM
Ritual and Repetition, CPEA Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
2008 Food for Thought, Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, Charlotte, North Carolina; curated by Ariel Shanberg
21st Annual Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, Texas.
Optica Festival Madrid 2008, Madrid, Spain
Simultan04, Timisoara, Romania
Moving Image Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Pantheon Xperimental 7.0 Film & Animation Festival, Nicosia, Cyprus
The Big Screen, Urban Screens Melbourne 08, Melbourne, Australia
LA Freewaves New Media Art Festival, Los Angeles, California
Cologne OFF Film Festival, Cologne, Germany
Wand 5 e.V. 21. Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany
Best of Extremely Shorts, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas
Videoholica 08 Video Biennal, Sity Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria
Come Out and Play, Apex Art, New York, New York
2007 Photo Forum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas
There is Always a Machine Between Us, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, California; curated by Chuck Mobley
25th Anniversary Membership Exhibition, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX; juried by Anne Wilkes Tucker
Antennae, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX; curated by Madeline Yale
Reality Bytes, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX; curated by John Pomara, Joan Davidow & Dean Terry
Third Annual Vertical Hold Video Exhibition, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburg, Washington
Visual Directions – Texas, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Flesh, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, New York; curated by Dana Orland
Time Based Media Invitational, Artspace, Raleigh, North Carolina
The Elements – Air, Sacred Heart University Gallery, Fairfield, Connecticut; curated by Sophia Gevas
Sugar Buzz, Lehman College Gallery, Bronx, New York; curated by Susan Hoeltzel
RISC International Science & Film Festival, Variétés Theater, Marseille, France
VAD International Video and Digital Arts Festival, Casa de Cultura de Girona and Centre Cultural la Mercè, Girona, Spain
Pantheon Xperimental 6.0 Film & Animation Festival, Nicosia, Cyprus
Extremely Shorts, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX; juried by Jytte Jensen
Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
700IS Film Festival, Culture Centre of Fljótsdalshéra?, Egilssta?ir, Iceland
PDX Film Fest Installation Show, Peripheral Produce, Portland, Oregon.
2006 After, Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery, Boston, MA; curated by Laura Donaldson
Mis-demeanor, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
He Said, She Said, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
3 Person Exhibition, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro, Pennsylvania.
With Strings Attached, Ruby Green Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee; curated by Leslie Kneisel
The Love Show, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT.
LA Freewaves New Media Art Festival, UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Forming Motion, Directors Lounge, Rote Loge, Berlin, Germany; curated by Kim Collmer
2005 Play, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York; curated by Ariel Shanberg
Empirical/Experimental, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH; curated by Elizabeth Kauffman
Flora, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN; curated by Jason Lahr
I Want Candy: The Sweet Stuff in American Art, curated by Bartholomew Bland traveling by The Trust for Museum Exhibitions.
2010: Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
2009: The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio; Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Fresno, CA.
2007: Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York.
Vanguard Video Festival,
2007: Mission College, Sylmar, CA; Cal State Northridge University, Northridge, CA; Echo Park Film Center, Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA; Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Raw Tactics Of The Subversive Body,
2007: Melwood Screening Room, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA; Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York.
Play, Drain Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture, Curated by Avantika Bawa;
2006: Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Get This Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.
The Reflexive Self: Participant as Observer, Published by Taylor and Francis Group, 2016. Edited by Lenscratch.
EXU Magazine, Houston, Texas, 2015. Edited by Robert Boyd.
Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40, Portland, Oregon, 2014. Edited by Julia Dolan.
Blue Sky Books, Edited by Christopher Rauschenberg, Portland, Oregon, 2014.
Literal Magazine, “Artist Profile”, Interview with Rose Mary Salum, Houston, Texas, May, 2014.
Creative Quarterly, Issue 36, “Artist Profile”, New York, New York, Fall 2014.
Texas Artists Today, 2nd edition, Edited by Catherine Anspon, Houston, Texas, 2014.
FotoMAGAZIN, “Kinder” (Portfolio), Essay by Manfred Zollner, #5, Germany, May 2013.
ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, V.20: Cinematic, Commentary by Ariel Shanberg, September, 2012.
Madeline Schwartzman, “See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception”, Black Dog Publishing, June 28, 2011.
Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus, "Dynamic Coupling / Total immersion in new media practice: What happens when a shared life blurs with shared research?" Fall 2010: V.06 N.02: December 1, 2010 Edited by Jessica Westbrook,
Shifter Magazine, issue 11, Brooklyn, New York, 2008.
Daily Constitutional, Between, issue 2, Editor: Derek Coté, Washington D.C., Summer 2006.
Artworld Digest, Brooklyn, New York, Fall, 2006.
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas
Artist Pension Trust Worldwide
Fidelity Investment Group
Houston Airport System
Laura Gillespie, “Go Ahead and Jump”, Houstonia, April 2016.
Tarra Gaines, “Houston’s Edgiest Festival Dabbles in the Best Experimental Performances Ever”, CultureMap, April 12, 2016.
Susie Tommaney, “See What’s Next for the Houston Family That Tore Apart Its Home to Build a Rocketship”, Houston Press, April 4, 2016.
Michael McFadden, “Deconstructing Suburbia: New and Recent Works by Hillerbrand+Magsamen”, Arts+Culture Texas, February 23, 2016.
Debbie Urbanski, “Family Art”, http://debbieurbanski.com/family-art/, September 22, 2015.
Katherine Rushworth, “Could 'Higher Ground' couple be the coolest parents in the world?”, The Post-Standard, June 17, 2015.
Melinda Johnson, “Family of Artists to Bring Spaceship Project to Everson”, The Post-Standard, May 14, 2015.
Christina Rees, “Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s New Rocketship Commission Installed at IAH”, Glasstire.com, March 6, 2015.
Jackie Jadrnak, “Playing House artwork explores home and family identity, and the ties that bind”, Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 20, 2015.
Molly Glentzer, “Life Comes Full Circle for Hillerbrand+Magsamen”, Houston Chronicle, December 14, 2014.
Michael Hoinski, “Homebound”, New York Times and Texas Monthly, March 21, 2013.
Robert Boyd, “Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s Stuff”, www.thegreatgodpanisdead.com, March 1, 2013.
Lucia Simek, “Stuffed: Hillerbrand+Magsamen at Brand 10, andX”, Glasstire.com, Feb. 24, 2013.
Jack Thompson, “Glass Houses 25 Featured Artist”, Glasstire.com, Houston, Texas, Feb 8,2013.
Cassandra Emswiller, “Art Review: Why is this family drilling through their wall?”, D Magazine Front Row, Dallas, Texas, January 30, 2013.
Kerri MacDonald, “Rethinking the Family Portrait”, New York Times Lens Blog, August 29, 2012.
Michael Wade Wilson, “Currents 2012,” Art+Culture Magazine, North Texas, May, 2012.
Kelly Klaasmeyer, “Real eState”, Houston Press, Houston, TX, January 25, 2012.
Beth Secor, “eState Sale”, Glasstire.com, January 24, 2012.
Charles Fox, “Review: House/hold”, Nuvo News, Indianapolis, IN, December 12, 2011.
Sasha Dela, “Home is Ourselves is Our Project: An Interview with Collaborators Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen”, Temporary Art Review, November 15, 2011.
Kelly Klaasmeyer, "If you didn't get to Austin to see the Texas Biennial: The Title Says It All”, November 15, 2011.
Nancy Wozny, “What's the scariest thing in the world for an artist? Exploring something new” culturemap.com, April 1, 2010.
Ayanna Jolivet McCloud, “Projected.2010: New Visions of Sound and Light”, Glasstire.com, May 20, 2010.
Amanda Douberley, “Fusebox Collaboration Project,” Glasstire, www.glasstire.com, May 2008.
Amy White, “Time Based Media Invitational,” Independent Weekly, Raleigh, NC, Oct, 24, 2007.
Mary Swift, “Experimental video exhibit to be shown at Gallery One,” Daily Record, Ellensburg, WA, October 4th, 2007.
Jialin Luh, “There is Always a Machine Between Us,” SF Station, San Francisco, CA, September 28th, 2007.
John Goodrich, “Sweet Seduction in Varied Forms,” New York Sun, New York, NY, Aug. 2, 2007.
Madeline Yale, “Antennae,” SPOT Magazine, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, Summer 2007.
Titus O’Brien, “Reality Bytes,” ARTL!ES, Houston, TX, Number 54, Summer 2007.
Torie Ludwin, “Antennae,” ArtsHouston, Houston, TX, June 2007.
Martha Schwendener, “Art in Review; Sugar Buzz,” The New York Times, New York, NY, May 11, 2007.
Douglas Max Utter, “Moonstruck, Bubblegum Rising At Exit Gallery,” Cleveland Free Times, Cleveland, OH, February 28th, 2007.
Christopher Balla, “Reality Bytes at the Dallas Contemporary,” …Might Be Good, Dallas, TX.
Michael Gill, “Discomfort Levels: Spaces Breaks the Rules,” Cleveland Free Times, Cleveland, OH, December 20-26, 2006.
Marilyn Bauer, “Couple change the ordinary into intimate, uncomfortable,” Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH, December 10, 2006.
Holly Myers, “No limits on Freewaves fest,” LA Times, Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 9, 2006.
Benjamin Genocchio, “Love, Without Makeup,” The New York Times, NY, NY, April 9th, 2006.
Chris Orchard, “After at the BCA,” South End News, Boston, MA, Vol. 27, No. 3, Feb. 9, 2006.
Rebecca Rothbaum, “Whimsical Theme Weaves Through Photos at ‘Play’,” Poughkeepsie Journal, Poughkeepsie, NY, July 15th, 2005.
Dorothy Shinn, “New Exhibit Features Heavy Breathing,” Beacon Journal, Akron, OH,
Aug. 15, 2004.
Mary Thomas, “Butler Institute's Midyear Exhibition Frames Personal Observations,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, PA, August 14, 2004.
Bill Rodgers, “Air-Hunger: More Than Just Blowing Bubbles,” Youngstown State University Jambar, Youngstown, OH, September 2, 2004.
2015 Sustainable Arts Foundation, San Francisco, California.
CineSpace Award, Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston, Texas. Juried by Richard Linklater.
2014 Southern Constellations Fellow, Greensboro, North Carolina.
2013 Houston Arts Alliance and Houston Airport System Video Art Commission, Houston, Texas.
Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artists Grant, Houston, Texas.
Austin Film Society Grant, Austin Film Society, Austin, Texas.
2010 Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund grant, Austin Film Society, Austin, Texas
2009 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artists Grant, Houston, Texas.
2008 Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas.
Fuse Box Collaboration Series, Refraction Arts, Austin, Texas: Juror’s Award
2006 Fulbright Junior Scholar Research Fellowship, “ZKM, Center for Art and Media Technology,” Karlsruhe, Germany. (Hillerbrand)
2005 Ohio Arts Council, Individual Creativity Award, Media Installation.
2003 Fulbright German Studies Seminar, “Visual Culture in Germany,” Berlin, Germany
2001 Experimental Television Center, Finishing Funds Grant, Owego, New York.
2017 Santa Fe Art Institute, Water Rights Residency, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2016 iPark Family Residency, East Haddam, Connecticut.
2014 Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Elsewhere, Greensboro, North Carolina.
2013 Fiskars Artist Residency, Fiskars, Finland.
2010 Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas.
2008 Fuse Box Collaboration Series, Refraction Arts, Austin, Texas.
2005 Experimental Television Center, Owego, New York.
2004 Experimental Television Center, Owego, New York.
2003 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Residency at The Woolworth Building, New York, New York.
1999 The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire. (Hillerbrand)
Mary Magsamen: BFA, University of Denver; MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Stephan Hillerbrand: BFA, Southern Methodist University; MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art