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.

                                                                MAY 2017 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE


   Jane Bernstein



Jane Bernstein is the author of five books, among them the memoirs Bereft - A Sister's Story, and Rachel in the World. She is also an essayist, a lapsed screenwriter, and a member of the Creative Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon University. 

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                                                                                 Paul Johnston


          (Music Composer/Pianist)

Paul Johnston is active as a composer, pianist, and teacher.  Soloists, chamber groups, and jazz ensembles regularly perform his compositions, and Alfred Music has published several collections of his solo jazz piano arrangements.  As a pianist, Paul is at home in a wide variety of musical styles and has performed with leading artists across the country.  He serves on the music faculty at Eastern Illinois University and has taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp for over a decade.  Paul completed degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Indiana University.

           Barbara Marks



Barbara Marks is a painter living in Connecticut.  Following a career in book design, she went back to school, earning a BFA from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (2005), and an MFA from Brooklyn College CUNY (2008).  Marks has had residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Fowler Dune Shack, MIRA (Italy), and Jentel Foundation; she has twice been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.  Marks is an artist member at The Painting Center (NYC) and a Guild Artist at Silvermine Arts Center (CT).  Her work on paper is represented in the flatfile at Artspace New Haven.

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       Dana Fritz



Dana Fritz is a Professor in the School of Art, Art History & Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her work has been exhibited in over 60 venues in the last decade in the U.S, France, China and Japan and is held in several collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art; and Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Fritz has been awarded artist residencies at Villa Montalvo in California; Château de Rochefort-en-Terre in France; Biosphere 2 in Arizona; and PLAYA in Oregon.

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  George Maurer


        (Music Composer/Director/Performer)

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 musician 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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                                                                             Suzanne Onodera



Born and raised Berkeley, California, Suzanne Onodera attended the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and the California College of the Arts in Oakland where she received her BFA with High Distinction in Painting. She has been an artist in residence at several mostly remote locales across the country including the Berkshires, Deschutes National Forest, Acadia National Park, Vermont and Virginia. She is represented by Seager Gray Contemporary, CA; Costello Childs, AZ; Corners Gallery, Ithaca, NY and the Wright Gallery, VT. She lives in Upstate NY. 

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                                                                                  James Lee


                                                                         (Painter/Installation Artist)

James David Lee is a painter and installation artist based in San Francisco who explores ideas of latency, ambiguity, and the cosmic joke. He received a bachelor’s degree in art history from Yale University and a law degree from Stanford Law School. His work is in the collections of the Yale University Arts of the Book Collection, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and the Book Club of California.

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                                                                                  Jane Shapiro



Jane Shapiro’s stories and nonfiction have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Ms., Harper’s Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, Mirabella, and Best American Short Stories, among many others.
Her novel After Moondog (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a New York Times Notable Book, and among the Village Voice’s 25 Best Books of the Year.  Her novel The Dangerous Husband (Little, Brown) was optioned by Jersey Films, John Malkovich’s Mr Mudd, and Working Title Films.
She is finishing a third novel, and is at work on a memoir.


                                               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