The LINE Residency



In partnership, Big Medium and The LINE Austin are proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 LINE Residency. Chosen by a curatorial panel from both Big Medium and the LINE Austin, three local artists have been selected to take part in the first edition of the program, which will run from July through December of this year. Artists chosen for this year’s residency are Steef Crombach, Adrian Armstrong, and Chelsea Hernandez.

The LINE Residency is a six week opportunity for local artists to experiment and create in a new environment. Artists will have access to a private studio space within the LINE Austin and access to the hotel and its amenities. While in residence, the artists are encouraged to share their work and process, and become involved with the hotel, its guests, and the local arts community. Each artist will have open hours as well as host one public event during their time in residence. In a city where art spaces are disappearing, Big Medium sees this as an innovative way to address a critical issue with a partner that is similarly committed to nurturing the art community. The open call for the 2020 LINE Residency will occur in December.


Important Dates

Open Studio Hours:
Adrian Armstrong

September 5 – October 15
Tuesdays, 5 – 8pm
Thursdays, 2 – 5pm
Saturdays, 5 – 7pm

In-Studio Presentation
October 10, 7 – 9pm

Residency Dates

Steef Crombach
July 15 – August 25, 2019 

Adrian Armstrong
September 5 – October 15, 2019

Chelsea Hernandez
November 4 – December 15, 2019

2020 LINE Residency Open Call
December 2019

2019 Artists


Steef Crombach

July 15 – August 25
Mixed Media, Textile

Steef Crombach was born in Maastricht in the South of the Netherlands. Crombach earned her BFA from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in 2014. Her graduation work ‘Wat een zonde’ won the KABK Talent Invest Prize, with which she started doing research into American patterns, objects, colloquialisms, and concrete cultural manifestations in Austin in 2015.

Since that time she has been visiting Austin for extended periods of time to curate, teach, exhibit, and research. In March 2018 Crombach officially relocated to Austin. She organized and curated the nine-artist exhibition “Expedition Batikback” at Co-Lab Projects. Her work “Piet” was selected by the King of the Netherlands to be on exhibition at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam and she is a recipient of the renowned Contribution Young Talent grant from the Mondriaan Fund in the Netherlands.


Adrian Armstrong

September 5 – October 15
Open studio hours: Tuesdays, 5 – 8pm; Thursdays, 2 – 5pm; Saturdays, 5 – 7pm
Mixed Media, Drawing

Adrian Armstrong is a multidisciplinary creative from Omaha, NE now living and working out of Austin, TX. Armstrong received his BFA from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2014. He is also the co-founder of Brown State of Mind, an Austin based organization dedicated to pursuing the interests of creatives of color and their ideas.

Through portrait and figurative practices, Armstrong’s work explores identity and what it means to be a black person living in modern America. His work touches on topics such as depression within the black community, systematic oppression, and police brutality; but on the other side of the spectrum explores fashion, love, success, and growth.


Chelsea Hernandez

November 4 – December 15

Chelsea Hernandez is a Mexican-American filmmaker based in Austin, Texas, recently named as one of Texas Monthly’s “10 Filmmakers on the Rise.” She is an 8-time Lone Star Emmy winning director, producer, and editor. Chelsea started her career in media at the ripe age of nine, hosting and co-producing a local children’s educational TV program with her mother.

She studied film at Adelphi University and Brooklyn College in New York City where she gained internships at Steeplechase Films, home of documentary filmmaker Ric Burns (American Masters: Andy Warhol, Eugene O’Neill) and Jon Alpert’s (Cuba and the Cameraman, The Latin Explosion) Downtown Community Television (DCTV). She is a fellow of Firelight Media Doc Lab and Tribeca/A+E Edit Storylab and All Access.

2019 Curators

Jackie Gilles oversees all aspects of brand, creative and community building for the LINE Austin through cultural programming and creative partnerships. With a decade of experience in the sustainable fashion, art and hospitality industries, she has a passion for building emerging brands and cultivating big ideas to enable creative communities to thrive.

Shea Little is the co-founder and Executive Director of Big Medium and continues to oversee the artistic vision, direction, and operations for the organization and all its programs. Little received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC in 2000. He is also a working artist and has shown his work throughout the state in numerous galleries and museums both as an individual artist and also as part of a three person collective called Sodalitas. Little recently attended the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and achieved an Arts Management Certificate in 2015.

Coka Treviño was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and currently resides in Austin, Texas. While studying for her BFA, Treviño started working at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Monterrey supporting the Exhibitions department, where she fell in love with the art world. She has worked for art galleries, museums, and universities, and has held every position imaginable in the industry, curating being her favorite. In 2009 she founded The Projecto in Monterrey, looking to facilitate cultural exchange with different cities and artistic expressions. In 2010 they made their move to Austin, Texas where The Projecto has been hosting Mexican artists and collaborating with different local institutions to enable dialog and community enrichment. Currently, she’s working as the Program Coordinator at Big Medium.

About The LINE Austin

The LINE Austin is a community collaboration inspired by the juxtaposition of downtown’s energy and the natural beauty of Lady Bird Lake. Designer Sean Knibb and architect Michael Hsu have created a distinctive Austin experience, anchored by three world-class restaurants from Sydell Group and an artist residency program highlighting emerging local artists and community partners. The LINE Austin hosts unique events rooted in the neighborhood that bring locals and travelers together.