H Schenck is an artist, educator, activist, and recent transplant to the Chicagoland area. He studied printmaking at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and then moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to earn his Masters in Fine Arts with an Intermedia concentration. While living in Texas, he was able to develop a voice as an artist, and at the same time, develop a passion for social change.
H’s work utilizes the inherent potential/content of various materials and applies the information implied in those traits as a language. He makes use of seemingly disparate objects and materials, each acting as a single word within the context of a sculptural sentence. The result is an exhibition/narrative about deconstructing the human experience.
H Schenck's work with the Mud Campaign revolves around a created philosophy rooted in scientific facts; Mud is essentially made up of four materials. The ratio of these materials changes the mud's properties and the given name, such as cement or clay. Similar to mud and its specific uses, humans are all composed of the same genetic material, however, the individual make up of our genes, determines our social labels. By utilizing mud as a base unit, H can speak about individual navigation/experience on a larger audience beyond his own specific social categories.
He has revolved his process and work around the idea that he is mud, what he makes is mud, the people around him are mud, and we are all connected.
H Schenck is a member of the curatorial group, ART BEEF ART, and teaches in a diverse range of organizations. Schenck has been awarded funding from the Dallas Museum of Art, the MAC of Dallas, Southern Graphics Council International, Lawrence University, and Penland School of Crafts. His work has been exhibited nationally and in Berlin, Germany. This fall, he will be an acting Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck School of Glass in Stanwood, Washington.
Esther Rose is an educator / artist working in the Chicagoland area. Esther was raised to believe that education is key to understanding and that contrasts of differences demonstrate the beauty in humanity. Esther has a Bachelor Degree in Education with a Fine Arts Concentration from Bradley University. As well as a formal educator, Esther has worked with various artists on realizing and implementing their visions into realities.
Education provides an avenue to explore, question, and discuss our world's intricacies. It has always been Esther's mission to provide students with tools that enable them to be successful and contributing members of society. Focusing on humanity's mud, she brings a macro scale idea into a series of micro contributions that glaze the surface of what it means to be human.
Esther Rose’s work with the Mud Campaign began as a background organizer and developer. As time progressed it was clear that Esther functioned as integral part of the Mud Campaign’s success and has since taken on an equal role in its future. The Mud Campaign’s vision speaks to Esther’s overall hope for humanity and goals as an educator.