MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

MASS will transform its gallery space into a working studio for 3 artists this summer. The first annual Hotbox Residency program will take place over a 5 week period and will give selected artists the opportunity to explore new ideas or practices, while allowing them to engage with the Austin community. Taking advantage of the prime production time of the summer months, MASS hopes to nurture projects through this program that would not be realized otherwise.

Each artist accepted as a Hotbox resident is obliged to participate in MASS’s public engagement series, Close Encounters. Close Encounters is a program designed to provide new methods of engaging the public’s curiosity. Open and broad, this prompt can be approached from a multitude of ways: performative, passive, or completely radical in execution or thought, this program is a challenge to the artist, as well as the audience, and designed to provide a new way of encountering and understanding the creative process.

Each year MASS will select at least one artist from outside of Austin, one artist living and working in Austin, and one student artist, local or from abroad. MASS is pleased to present the artists selected for the inaugural Hotbox residency program this summer: Jill Pangallo (New York, NY), Jory Drew (Chicago, IL/Austin, TX), and Jules Buck Jones (Austin, TX).

Artist bios:

Jill Pangallo was born in Baltimore and raised in Southern California. Pangallo received a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design and a BA in Psychology from Eugene Lang College. In the years following, she spent her nights performing on the downtown alt-cabaret circuit. In 2005, Pangallo relocated to Austin to pursue an MFA in studio art at the University of Texas which she received in 2008. She performs and shows internationally as the collaborative duo, SKOTE, which she co-directs with Alex P. White. Most recently, Pangallo has been creating and producing a series of solo shows and performing monthly with Jason Black in Jason & Jill: Craft for Your Life! at Dixon Place. She lives and works in New York City.  Jill Pangallo’s Hotbox Podcast Series

Jules Buck Jones is a practicing artist living and working in Austin, TX. Jones was born in Northampton, MA but grew up in northern and central VA. He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA in 2005 and his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. He was artist in residence in Florida at Everglades National Park in 2012 and completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Buoy Gallery, and Lighthouse Works in 2011. Jones participated in the Austin Museum of Art’s 20 to Watch in 2008 and shows extensively throughout Texas with solo shows in Dallas, Austin, and Houston. He is a member of the collaborative installation group Boozefox, and a member of the non-profit project space, MASS Gallery.

Jory Drew is an artist and student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he is working on his BFA with a focus in photography and sculpture. Drew was born and raised in Austin, TX and is a former member of the Advanced Young Artists program at AMOA-Arthouse. He is a recipient of the Goldman Sachs Scholarship and the Golub and Company Award.

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.