The Hiltners, Kelsey Bowen and Alessandro Gallo

Ever wonder what artwork artists live with? This series offers a glimpse into the homes of artists. From there we have a conversation about a work of art they have in their home. Tune in and gather some insights into what living with art can do.


Maggy Rozycki Hiltner was born in 1975 and grew up in Pennsylvania. She comes from a family of makers. Her mother and grandmothers needlepointed pillows, made quilts, and stitched or knitted their clothes and toys. Her father built odd things, cooked outrageous meals, and painted murals in their home. She earned a BFA in Sculpture with a concentration in Fibers from Syracuse University and was a Studio Assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Rozycki Hiltner is a full-time artist living with her husband and two daughters in Red Lodge, Montana. Her work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions in museums and galleries, and has been published in the US and abroad.

David Hiltner is currently the Executive Director of Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. In the summer of 2005, David, Maggy, and their daughter Sophie moved to Montana to establish the Red Lodge Clay Center. Prior to moving to Red Lodge David was an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Before joining the faculty in 1999, he taught at Syracuse University, Northwest College, and at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He received his BFA in Ceramics from Wichita State University in 1993 and completed his MFA at Syracuse University in 1997.

Kelsey Bowen grew up in the rural California foothills, spending hot, dusty summers making up stories and picking thistles from her socks. Her figurative sculptures serve as vessels for her self-reflection and storytelling in clay; inspired by memories from her youth and interactions with her peers as an adult. While often dark in concept, her pieces build an unsettling and surreal landscape where the viewer is both comforted and disturbed, encouraging closer inspection through friendly colors and playful characters before delivering an unsettling detail. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the California College of the Arts, and went on to continue creating work as a long-term artist in residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana. Kelsey has exhibited her work in various corners of the West Coast from L.A. to Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. She is currently working as a professional artist, part-time educator, and sketchbook doodler in Western Montana.

Ceramic, Mixed Media

Alessandro Gallo was born in 1974 in Genoa, Italy and is now based in Helena, Montana. After studying Law at the University of Genoa, Gallo took a foundation course at Saint Martin’s College of Art in London followed by a BA at Chelsea School of Art and Design, graduating in 2002. While studying painting, he began experimenting with digital photography, manipulating images to create scenes of animals in familiar city settings. By 2005, he decided to give his creatures a physical presence by sculpting them from clay. Gallo’s works have been featured in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2012, he was awarded a first place grant from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. In 2014, he had a solo show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York.

The Long Way Out 15x17x5″ 2019 Ceramic, cord, ebony, and copper nails