Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Summer 2019 Jared Theis

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Jared Theis

San Antonio, TX and Berlin, Germany
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Jared Theis was born in 1977. He earned an MFA from the University of California, Davis, in 2012. While in California, he received a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and the Robert Arneson Award. In 2014, he was awarded a Statens Kunstnerstipend from Kulturrådet, Norway Arts Council in Oslo. In 2017 he was awarded a three-month residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, through Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX. He has recently exhibited his work at Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway; Mass Gallery, Austin, TX; and the Oslo Prosjektrom, Norway. Theis has upcoming residencies in 2019 at KHIO, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway; the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans; and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. He currently lives and works in San Antonio, TX, and Berlin, Germany.


“I’m particularly interested in vulnerability and how organisms adapt to their environment. The narratives in my work are reinterpretations of mythological themes I learned from childhood. Utilizing sculptural suits that connect me to these spaces, I explore the origins of these characters, their relationships to their environment, and spiritual growth.”


  • Under the Sparkle Sunshine, 2018, ceramics, metal, wood, fabric, wool, wire, paint, epoxy, video, 156 x 216 x 216 inches

  • Strawberry Gloves, 2017, ceramics, fabric, wire, paint, 19.5 x 12.5 x 4 inches

  • Wet Dreams, 2016, ceramics, metal, fabric, wool, wire, paint, epoxy, video projection, 120 x 504 x 384 inches

  • You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma, 2018, ceramics, metal, fabric, leather, wool, wire, paint, epoxy, toy guns, video, 120 x 192 x 96 inches

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