Casey S. Herrick portrait
2018-2019 Luce Scholar

Casey Herrick is a Houston-based artist and a designer at ttweak LLC, an artist-based strategic communications firm in Houston. A 2016 graduate of Wesleyan University with a double major in Studio Art and Psychology, Casey was deeply involved with Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, serving as a photography lab assistant and a wood-shop monitor, in addition to working as a teaching assistant for several studio art classes. In 2015, he received the University’s Zawisa Grant to photograph the American South, with a focus on regional identity in Louisiana and East Texas. He has studied in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Guanajuato, Mexico, and has served on the student council of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Casey’s art explores societal norms with an emphasis on geographic and cultural themes. While much of his work takes the form of figurative painting, Casey employs a wide range of artistic mediums. His thesis, Safe Conduct, focused on expectations and traditions associated with gender and the role of society in boys’ coming of age. Featuring a ten-by-six foot canvas, in addition to five other paintings, his thesis work earned him Highest Honors. Casey was also awarded the Studio Art Program Award for departmental achievement. Upon his graduation, New York’s Leslie-Lohman Museum purchased one of his thesis paintings, The Herndon Climb, adding it to their permanent collection. While pursuing a disciplined practice in his Houston studio, Casey also works as ttweak’s lead 3D designer and as a photographer, graphic designer and video editor. His career at ttweak, which began after two years of internships with the firm, provides him with an opportunity to work with some of the city’s most prominent institutions: the Houston Endowment, the Texas Medical Center, the Lawndale Art Center and the Houston Parks Board, among others. His collaboration with these organizations is focused on helping them communicate in the most dynamic and effective way possible. Increasingly focused on his painting, Casey is currently undertaking his next major body of work.