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.
SEPTEMBER 2019 ARTISTS
RANDY AKERS - Visual Artist
Randy Akers is a visual artist from Savannah, Georgia. Exhibits include Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, University of New Mexico’s Hardwood Foundation, Brownsville Museum of Art, Philadelphia Art Museum, Anchorage Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Valdosta University, Masur Museum of Art, Florida A&M University, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, LaGrange Art Museum, Ormond Art Museum, and Maryland Federation of Art. Akers received a residency at OBRAS, Portugal, 2017 and his work was chosen for the upcoming movie, “The Poison Rose,” starring John Travolta. Akers is represented by Janes Art Center in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
RACHEL WEAVER - Literary Artist
Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now, the American Booksellers Association named a Top Ten Debut for Spring 2014 and was awarded the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. While in residence, Rachel will be finishing up her second novel and beginning to brainstorm her third.
DONNA GORDON - Literary Artist
Donna Gordon is a fiction writer from Cambridge, Massachusetts. At various times she’s been a Stegner Fellow, PEN Discovery, and Ploughshares Discovery. She received the 2019 New Letters Publication Award for her story, “Primates,” and was a finalist for the 2019 Black Lawrence Press Big Moose Prize for her novel, What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me. She received honorable mention in 2018 from Arch St. Press for the first chapter of the novel, was a 2016 finalist for the New Letters Alexander Cappon Prize in Fiction, and received honorable mention from Glimmer Train in 2016 and 2017. She was a 2017 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference, and a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center in 2017 and 2018.
Some of her writing has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Boston Globe Magazine, Story Quarterly, The Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Solstice and Post Road. Her work with former political prisoners culminated in “Putting Faces on the Unimaginable: Portraits and Interviews with Former Prisoners of Conscience,” exhibited at Harvard’s Fogg Museum. Her essay, “Temporary Shelter,” appeared in Sister to Sister: An Anthology of Sister Relationships edited by Patricia Foster. “Serving Up Equal Justice: My Adventure with Serena Williams,” was recently posted on Medium.
MICHELE CANIATO - Musician/Composer
A native of Venice, Italy, Michele Caniato is a Boston based musician. He earned a double major B.M. from Berklee College of Music, pursued graduate studies at New England Conservatory, and received his D.M.A. in composition from Boston University.
Dr. Caniato’s compositions and jazz compositions have been performed in the United States and Canada by Bill Pierce, Andy McGee, Alan Dawson, Jeff Stout, Diego Urcola, Shannon LeClaire, the Kendrick Oliver Big Band, Berklee Faculty Big Band, Wellesley College Big Band, Harvard University Big Band, New England Conservatory Jazz Composers Big Band, and the BMI New York Jazz Orchestra. Red Stick Saxophone Quartet has given multiple performances of his saxophone quartet in Louisiana and Canada, harpist Franziska Huhn has performed his music at Harvard University, and soprano Maria Ferrante and pianist Pei-Yeh Tsai have premiered some of his vocal works.
ANDREA CLEARFIELD - Musician/Composer
Creating deep, emotive musical languages that build cultural and artistic bridges, the music of Andrea Clearfield is performed widely in the U.S. and abroad. She has written 150 works for orchestra, opera, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance, and multimedia collaborations on themes ranging from ancient cultures to environmental and social issues. Recent compositions are inspired by Tibetan music fieldwork that she conducted in the Nepalese Himalaya. Among her works are twelve cantatas for voices and orchestra, including one for The Philadelphia Orchestra. She has been awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and fellowships at the Bellagio Center, American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Copeland House and others. She is currently Composer-in-Residence with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Her first opera, MILA, Great Sorcerer premiered in January 2019 at the NYC Prototype Festival. Passionate for building community around the arts, she is founder and host of the Philadelphia Salon, featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, dance, and world music since 1986.
LISA FLOWERS ROSS - Visual Artist
Lisa Flowers Ross creates colorful abstract artworks in which she seeks to simplify the world around her into its most basic and essential elements, using fabrics she hand-dyes herself. She holds a B.A. degree in Studio Art as well as a degree in Business. She is a juried artist member of Northwest Designer Craftsmen and Boise Open Studio Collective Organization and teaches workshops independently. Lisa has received several grants from the Idaho Commission for the Arts and the Alexa Rose Foundation. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in private and public collections.
MARY STEWART - Visual Artist
Mary Stewart grew up in a farming community south of Miami. Her prints, drawings and photographs have been shown in more than 100 exhibitions nationally and internationally. She is also the author of Launching the Imagination: A Comprehensive Guide to Basic Design, a best-selling textbook. She has traveled widely, including fifteen years of teaching at Syracuse University, eleven years of teaching at Florida State University, and a Fulbright Fellowship in Canada, 2013-2014. Previous residencies include Jentel, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Centrum Franz Masereel in Belgium.
ANNE KAUFF - Visual Artist
Anne Kauff is an oil painter living in the Chicago area who left a successful career in interior design to pursue a passion for making art. An award winning plein air painter, she loves the adrenaline rush of painting outdoors facing changing light and weather conditions. Over the last 10 years the lessons learned painting outdoors have made their way into the studio to become a body of work that references the rural landscape. Kauff’s process involves photographing farms throughout the Midwest, as well as working from imagination and memory. Barns, outbuildings, tilled fields, and open sky have become subject matter as well as inspiration in a series she calls Barnscapes. These midsize paintings in a square or slightly out of square format are not concerned with documentation, but rather explore an emotional response to her subject.
In addition to her studio practice, Kauff executes commissions and teaches. Her work can be found in many public and private collections.
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