MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

*NOTE: The Hotbox Open Studios will be held at St. Edwards Fine Arts Center 3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

MASS is excited to announce the recipient of this year’s Hotbox residency, Rachael Henson. A recent UT BFA graduate, Henson’s work explores the relationship between past memories and present perception, confronting the duality of comfort/discomfort in domestic environments and across cultural lines. Using photography, installation, sculpture, and performance, Henson utilizes domestic material to reflect on her personal response to ideas of identity and transition.

This year, MASS is partnering with St. Edward’s University to host the annual Hotbox residency program, which transforms a gallery space into a working studio for one month of the summer. As MASS transitions to a new gallery location this summer, St. Edward’s University will host the Hotbox residency in their Fine Arts Gallery.

This residency program, now in its sixth year, seeks individual artists or artist-teams interested in participating in a self-directed residency in Austin, TX. MASS’s goal is to give artists the opportunity to explore new ideas or practices, and allow the participating artists to engage with the Austin community through their Close Encounters public programming series. Rachael Henson will participate in a Close Encounter on Friday, August 17th, from 7-10pm.


With each exhibition, MASS solicits artists to devise a program designed to provide new methods of engaging the public’s curiosity, inviting them to participate intellectually or physically with the exhibition space, as well as the artist’s work and concepts. Open and broad, this prompt can be approached in a multitude of ways: performance based, passive, or completely radical in execution or thought, and is designed to provide a new way of encountering and understanding the creative process.

MASS is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.