Robert Ziebell is a photographer and filmmaker who is happy the state of Texas is his home. Since his arrival in Houston, Texas, in 1983 as an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glassell School, his photographs have been exhibited widely in the region and beyond, and his work as a filmmaker has been supported by local and state media arts agencies. His work was recently included in two current issues of GRAND STREET magazine, #72 on the theme DELUSIONAL, and #70 under the theme AGAINST NATURE. His most recent one-person show was at ARTSCAN in Houston, TX. He just completed is an interactive virtual tour of LAS POZAS, a surrealist garden in the rain forest of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico for ARTpix, a multi media non-profit organization that integrates contemporary art with new technologies. The project is titled LAS POZAS: STEPS & FALLS and debuted at the AUSTIN MUSEUM OF ART during the SXSW festival in March of 2007 (www.stepsandfalls.com). He also was featured in a one-person exhibition at ARTHOUSE in Austin, Texas in conjunction with the SOCIETY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC EDUCATORS in 2003. Ziebell's work was included in a group show of Texas photographers at the CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, Houston, in March of 1998 and most recently in PERSPECTIVES @ 25 which reviews the work of 25 years on shows at the CAM's Perspectives Gallery in 2004.
His work was featured in two exhibitions at the MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON and was included in the catalogue TEXAS, 150 WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON published by Abrams. Other recent exhibitions of photographs have been at TEXAS GALLERY in Houston, Texas, ZOLLA LIEBERMAN GALLERY in Chicago and PHOTOGRAPHS DO NOT BEND in Dallas, Texas and D BERMAN GALLERY in Austin, Texas. Mr. Ziebell was also included in the 1993 Southwest Phoenix Triennial at the PHOENIX ART MUSEUM. He has also been included in exhibitions at the BLAFFER GALLERY at the University of Houston, THE GALVESTON ART CENTER in Galveston, Texas, the BLUE SKY GALLERY and ELIZABETH LEACH GALLERY in Portland, Oregon; the DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART and NORTHLIGHT GALLERY in Tempe, Arizona; THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and DIVERSE WORKS in Houston. He received a regional NEA grant for Photography in 1987 and is one of the few artists in Houston to be twice awarded a Cultural Arts Council of Houston grant in both 1990 and 1997.
Mr. Ziebell's film work has been featured in various festivals and on tour in both the United States and Canada in addition to being aired on Houston's PBS affiliate KUHT. His films have won awards at the Athens, Ann Arbor, Great Lakes, Kenyon, and Florence Film Festivals. His feature film THIS STATE I'M IN, which just received a grant from the AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY'S Independent Feature Fund for re-release, has been screened at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, The Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago, 911 in Seattle as well as numerous other media art centers across the United States. He has also received support from the SOUTHWEST MEDIA PROJECT (in 1989, 94, 95, 96), THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS (in 1999), and the THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION (1991).
Ziebell earned a B.F.A. from the University of
Michigan School of Art in 1979. He has taught and lectured in both film and
photography at the Glassell School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The University
of Houston, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Ohio University. Ziebell
is also in pre-production of a television series titled RADIO BRAVO that is
a neo-telenovela that takes place along the Texas-Mexican border during the
advent of border radio.