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.
MARCH 2017 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Maxim Loskutoff was raised in western Montana. His stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Witness, Narrative, and The Chicago Tribune. A graduate of NYU’s MFA program, he was the recipient of a Global Writing Fellowship in Abu Dhabi and the M Literary Fellowship in Bangalore. Other honors include the Nelson Algren Award and an arts grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation. He has worked as a carpenter, field organizer, and creative writing teacher, among many other things.
For more information, visit: www.maximtloskutoff.com
Molly Pattison (b. in Los Angeles, CA) currently lives and works in Columbus, OH. She received her Ba (hons) in Glass and Ceramics from the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom in 2010, and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. She has shown both nationally in the U.S. and internationally in London and at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, England. Alongside Brush creek Artist Residency in 2017, she will be a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center.
Informed by growing up in Los Angeles around the movie and entertainment industry, artifice and the fabrication of false realities have been on ongoing interest. Past employment at a theme park that was also a running movie studio (Universal Studios Hollywood) and theatre/playhouse has magnified this fascination. While at Brush Creek, Pattison will continue to reflect upon the entertainment industry and how it has (mis)shaped her understanding of the world. Utilizing the residency to continue research and start a new body of work that focuses on her relationship with the theme park, both backstage as worker and as park guest.
For more information, visit: www.mollypattison.com
Margaret Watson has been painting for fifteen years following a career in medicine. She received an undergraduate degree in design and fiber arts and subsequently did postgraduate work in scientific illustration. She has had gallery representation in Seattle with the Francine Seders Gallery and is presently represented by Gallery IMA. Previous artist residencies have been awarded by Vermont Studio Center and Wallop Bay AIR. Her work references nature - negotiating the deep space of landscape through the formal elements of abstraction. Landscape becomes a point of departure for the exploration of different kinds of space - flat abstract space, atmospheric space, and conceptual space. The winter landscape of Brush Creek Ranch will be her starting point and inspiration during her month in Wyoming. She plans to equip herself with an assortment of paper and drawing and painting materials with which she is unfamiliar or are not typically used in her daily studio practice. She hopes to work spontaneously and “accidently” without pre-conceived “intention”, responding to both her new surroundings and new materials.
For more information, visit: www.mwatsonstudio.com
P. Hanson is a mixed media artist working with acrylic paint, charcoal, pencil, and transfers in a process of layering and mark making. Her work addresses time and place. Although local geography, culture, and history inform her work, it is ultimately the internal mappings of the experience of place that is expressed in her paintings. Hanson has lived and traveled extensively throughout the western states. She studied art in both Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, receiving an MFA from Portland State University. Her work is exhibited nationally, and she was featured in the Pacific Coast edition of New American Paintings.
While in residence at Brush Creek, I plan on working on a series of drawings and/or paintings based on the surrounding winter landscape.
For more information, visit: www.phansonart.com
After growing up in rural Vermont, Vanessa Compton moved west in 2001 and graduated with a BFA from CU Boulder. After teaching art in Colorado for nearly a decade and stints in Senegal, Ghana and South Africa, Vanessa transitioned into a largely nomadic lifestyle focused on art and rock climbing. She currently spends part of the year co-managing and curating a seasonal art gallery in Northern Vermont and the other part working as a seasonal climbing guide at Hue co Tanks State Park & Historic Site outside El Paso, TX.
During my AIR I will be working on two very large collages inspired by the surrounding landscape and ore of the West. These will be my largest works to date and I am looking forward to this opportunity to challenge myself both conceptually and technically.
For more information, visit: www.KrinshawStudios.com
Marilynn Brandenburger has been a studio artist and art instructor for more than 36 years. She creates landscape paintings and illustrated travel journals, primarily in watercolor, of nature places that offer respite from the frantic world. Marilynn attended college at Tulane University, earned a Master’s degree in art education at Florida Atlantic University and continues to teach adults to paint. Over her long career, Marilynn has been awarded artist residencies at five national parks and nature preserves and her artwork has appeared in magazines, exhibition catalogs, national park brochures, books and more than 50 juried and invitational shows.
During my residency I will be finishing a book, begun several year4s ago, on watercolor travel journaling. The book is based on the course I teach in workshops around the country. I will be expanding the text, adding information on materials, on sketching techniques, on available resources and on the how-to of sketching while traveling. I’ll also be creating sketches to illustrate the text.
For more information, visit: www.marilynnbrandenburger.com
Heather Bryant has published short fiction and nonfiction in The Massachusetts Review, The Southeast Review, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, and in anthologies from Seal Press and Bolder Press. Her essay, “Habitat,” won the 2009 Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest. She was Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Randolph College, Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, and Fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Arts. Other fellowships and honors include the Toni Browne Memorial Scholarship from the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, a Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, and a scholarship from the Norman Mailer Center.
Tony Solitro’s latest projects include She’s Fabulous – an opera vignette commissioned and premiered by Boston Opera Collaborative? More Beautiful Than Night, a song cycle for tenor Roy Hage (Resident Artist, Academy of Vocal Arts): and Shadow Confrontations, a string quintet for bassist Joseph Conyers (Assistant Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra) that was recorded with the Daedalus Quartet. He earned his Ph. D as a recipient of the George Crumb Music Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.M. from the Longy School of Music on a Nadia and Lili Boulanger Scholarship. To hear recordings, see videos, and explore his composition catalogue, visit www.tonysolitro.com. Brush Creek Residency Project: I will be working on a quintet for bass clarinet, bassoon, viola, cello, and percussion. The piece is a form of political protest – it explores repetitions as metaphors for individual voices coming together to make a collectively powerful social statement.
For more information, visit: www.tonysolitro.com