Meet Our Residents

To get a better idea of the grandeur and scope of the artists who are currently participating in the artist residencies at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, visit this page often for bios and introductions.


George Maurer


George Maurer is best known for his work as a performer, arranger, music director and composer – talents that have taken him all over the world. He has performed with Eric Clapton, and arranged music for renowned musicians from Buddy Holly’s Crickets to symphonies across the U.S.

George music directs the Tony-awarded original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.” “Autumn Song,” a music-theater performance he created featuring the poems of Rilke and Tennessee Williams, has performed in Berlin and at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.

In the midst of his always-full itinerary of jazz, pop and big band performances, George is working on “Empire Builder,” a modern musical telling the story of a Native American man who has been called back to the reservation by his dying grandfather and his transformative journey by train.

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Sara Cody


Sara Cody is a senior editor at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she produces exhibition catalogues and related materials. Her writing has variously appeared in journals and blogs online, as spoken-word and theatrical performances around L.A., and as CD liner notes for a few of her favorite bands. She is presently at work on her first novel, Directions to the Bottom of the Ocean, set in Vienna during the waning decades of the Habsburg Empire. Having grown up in southern Wyoming and northern Colorado, Sara is happy to be returning to her ancestral stomping grounds.  

Ann Reid


Ann Chadwick Reid's cut paper artwork is inspired by the rural landscape where she lives on Samish Island in Washington State. Her work stems from an interest in environmental challenges specific to communities across the Northwest and she is a Salish Sea Steward monitoring Heron populations in the Padilla Bay Estuary. While Reid's work reflects concerns for the impact of climate change on regional habitats throughout the western states her process is influenced by global folk art traditions of cut paper. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Bianca Giaever


Bianca Inga Giaever (b. April 6, 1990) is a filmmaker and radio producer. In 2013, her college short film the Scared is scared was named “Web Video of the Year” by USA Today. In 2015, she created the award-winning web series Videos 4 U with the NPR show This American Life. Her radio stories have appeared on shows such as This American Life, Radiolab, and Reply All. Her film work has been featured all over the internet, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, and the TED conference. Her film work won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing as well as a Webby Award. Originally from Seattle, she attended Middlebury College. She now lives in Brooklyn with 7 roommates, a music studio, and an art collective.  

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Alexander Lumans  



Alexander Lumans was the Spring 2014 Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University. He was also awarded a fellowship to the 2015 Arctic Circle Residency, where he sailed around Svalbard, Norway in a tall ship. His fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Story Quarterly, American Short Fiction, Cincinnati Review, among others. He has been awarded fellowships to MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA, Blue Mountain Center as well as scholarships to Sewanee and Bread Loaf. He received the 2015 Wabash Fiction Prize from Sycamore Review, the 2013 Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, and the 2011 Barry Hannah Fiction Prize from Yalobusha Review. He graduated from the M.F.A. Fiction Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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 Nell Cohen



Nell Shaw Cohen evokes visual art, natural landscapes, and the lives of mavericks and artists in works ranging from orchestral tone poems to mobile apps. She’s a recent alumna of the Composers & the Voice fellowship with American Opera Projects, New Dramatists Composer Librettist Studio, and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation residency. In 2018, the University of New Mexico will workshop Cohen’s opera “Mabel’s Call.” Her monodrama “The Coming of Spring” was given a workshop staging in NYC. As director of, she advocates for music inspired by nature. Cohen (b. 1988), based in Brooklyn, studied at NYU and New England Conservatory. .While in residence, Nell will work on chamber music inspired by the landscape of Brush Creek Ranch and a trio commissioned by Montage Music Society in Santa Fe.

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Anne Kauff



Anne Kauff is an oil painter living in the Chicago area. She left a successful career in interior design to pursue her passion for painting. A long time, award winning plein air painter, she has a love of the rural landscape and the barns that pepper it. Her connection to this subject has been deepened by her participation in residency programs that center on farm life.  “Chasing the Light”, an exhibition of work looking at farms and barns of the Midwest was named pick of the week by the Chicago Tribune. In addition to her studio practice, Kauff executes mural commissions and teaches oil painting. 

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Nika Belianina



Moscow-raised, Toronto-based Nika Belianina has been making fiction and documentary films since 2005. Her work has been screened at Oscar-qualifying, human rights and other international film festivals in North America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East and gained her seven awards. Nika’s photographs have been showcased in Belgium, Canada, Peru and USA at more than 25 exhibitions. She’s also a recipient of OAC grants and artist residencies in USA and Peru. 

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                                               PAST RESIDENTS

Winter-Spring 2017 Summer-Fall 2016  Winter-Spring 2016  Summer-Fall 2015  Winter-Spring 2015  Summer-Fall 2014  Winter-Spring 2014  Summer-Fall 2013  Winter-Spring 2013  Summer-Fall 2012  Winter-Spring 2012

Pilot Program 2011