Meet the 2017-2018 Residents

The new Cub Creek Foundation residents Matthew Wheeler and Cody Hilleboe have been hard at work in the studio since September and Joey Núñez joined us at the beginning of October. We also welcome back Ian Hazard-Bill, residents 2016-2017 as John Jessiman's new studio assistant. Learn more about the new residents here!


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Cody Hilleboe was born and raised in Missoula, Montana, where he grew up spending much time photographing the beautiful outdoors.  After graduating school at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, he enrolled as a student at the University of Montana where is love for ceramic arts flourished.  While earning his BFA degree he was able to take part in a residency Medalta, in Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Cody’s creative energy is powerfully influenced by place, experience, and emotion.  He is currently a resident artist at the Cub Creek Foundation.

Instagram: @chilleboe

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Mathew Wheeler was raised in Oakland California and discovered his love for ceramics at Laney Community College. Mathew had the opportunity to take a woodfire workshop with Adam Field in Mendocino California, it was here that he fell in love with the process and results of woodfired ceramics. He was then drawn to Northern Arizona University by the diverse kiln yard they possessed where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017. Mathew attended the Advanced Student Project Network at Red Lodge Clay Center and is now a resident at Cub Creek.

Instagram: @mw_ceramics

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Joey Nuñez was born in Queens, New York, where he and his family lived for a decade until settling in suburban Florida. He has always loved the feeling and responsiveness of clay. As a creative young boy he found entertainment in modeling his own imaginative heroic figurines with loose narratives based on action cartoons. Progressing from playdough to professional oil-based and water-based clays he still draws influence from idealized heroic male figures such as Michelangelo's classical marbles or colorful heroes from Dragon Ball Z. Joey began his ceramic sculpture education at Valencia College. After receiving his Associate of Arts Degree he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics at the University of Florida. Now, he resides at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, Virginia.

Instagram: @joeynunezda3rd

Emily VanderMey