"Brush Creek Arts is a magical, special residency where the days seem to expand before you—allowing space to write, think through problems, take long hikes, enjoy the other residents’ company. I got so much done, and I’m so grateful for the care with which they created this space. The fully stocked kitchen and meals, the perfect studio, the sweet bedrooms with weekly cleanings—the attention to detail allowed me to focus fully on my writing. Thank you so much, Brush Creek! I hope to come back one day!" – Crystal Hana Kim (BCFA Alumna, November 2017)
Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts offered residencies for artists on a historic working ranch in Wyoming. Imbued with the spirit of the American West, the ranch sits at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges just outside the town of Saratoga. From countless miles of trails to hike, bike, snowshoe or cross-country ski, our unique destination offers endless ways to enjoy this spectacular country. A diversity of wildlife call the ranch home, including antelope, deer, elk, moose, fox, badger, and marmots.
Over the years, Brush Creek Ranch has served as a home to numerous families, cattle and horse herds, offering a one-of-a-kind gathering place for guests from around the world. The story of Brush Creek Ranch dates back to 1884 when the Sterrett brothers settled the land and built the original homestead with logs cut, skid and hauled from the adjoining National Forest. In 2008, the ranch was purchased by Bruce White, Chairman and CEO of White Lodging, one of the most respected names in the hotel industry. Brush Creek Ranch is the culmination of the White family’s extensive hospitality experience, continuous dedication to philanthropy and unabashed passion for the sustainability of authentic Western heritage. Their vision unfolds as a refined getaway that strikes a perfect balance between active outdoor recreation, shared experiences, economic sustainability and preservation of the western way of life. Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts came into being in 2011 to create incomparable residencies for artists in a variety of genres.
The artist camp featured eight working studios in historic, restored ranch buildings and eight individual residences with private bath, closet, and separate work space. Kitchen, library, family room and laundry facility are shared. All meals were provided, which included a self-prepared breakfast, bagged lunches and family-style dinners.