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.
JUNE ARTISTS - 2019
STEVEN TAKASUGI - Musician/Composer
Steven Kazuo Takasugi is a composer of electro-acoustic music. This involves the collecting and archiving of recorded, acoustic sound samples into large databases, each classifying thousands of individual, performed instances collected over decades of experimentation and research. These are then subjecting to computer-assisted, algorithmic composition, revised and adjusted until the resulting emergent sound phenomena, energies, and relationships reveal hidden meanings and contexts.
Against this general project of fixed-media is the addition of live performers. This relationship often creates a "strange doubling" playing off the "who is doing what?" inherent with simultaneous live and recorded media.
DAVID DOMINIQUE - Musician/Composer
David Dominique is a composer and performer living in Richmond, VA. His output includes jazz contemporary chamber music, electronic music, rock and theater. Dominique's recent albums for jazz octet, Mask (2018) and Ritual (2013), have been reviewed and praised in dozens of publications including the Boston Globe, Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times and the Los Angeles Times, who called it a "joyful record that's as unpredictable as it is approachable."
Dominique has also composed and conducted theater works, including a live score for LA production, Starcrosser's Cut, which was featured and praised in multiple publications including the LA Weekly, USA Today, LA Stage Times, and the Hollywood Reporter.
He holds an undergraduate degree from New York University, a Master of Music from California State, Northridge, an MFA and PhD from Brandeis University, and currently is an Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory at the College of William and Mary.
DANIEL WILKINSON - Visual Artist
Wilkinson received an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a BA in English literature from Davidson College. He also studied art at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Tyler Rome program. His awards include an artist’s resident grant to the Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, for which he received a Pollock-Krasner fellowship, and also Yaddo Artist Colony, both in NY State. He also was awarded a Mellon Foundation Grant.
He currently is a tenured professor of drawing and painting at Bucks County Community College near Philadelphia. He has also taught full-time at Louisiana State, Furman, and Towson Universities. He has experience outside the classroom as a scene painter for theaters and TV, a freelance graphic designer, and on the staff of the Frick Collection in New York. His work has been exhibited both nationally and abroad, most recently at the Kleinert/James Center in Woodstock NY, Art Basil festival in Miami, and the Ziehersmith Gallery in New York City.
While at Brush Creek, Daniel plans to work on drawings and also acrylic and gouache paintings, basing his work on the surrounding landscape.
MARIE MYUNG-OK LEE - Literary Artist
Marie Myung-Ok Lee is an acclaimed Korean-American writer and author of the novel Somebody's Daughter.
Her stories and essays have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, The Guardian, and many others. She was the first Fulbright Scholar to Korea in creative writing and has received many honors for her work, including an O. Henry honorable mention, the Best Book Award from the Friends of American Writers, and a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts fiction fellowship and is a current New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Fellow.
She has been a Yaddo and MacDowell Colony fellow and has served as a judge for the National Book Award and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.
She graduated from Brown University and was a Writer in Residence there, before she began teaching at Columbia University's Writing Division.
While at Brush Creek, Marie will work on her next novel, The Evening Hero, which explores rural hospital closures, the future of medicine, immigration, war, and North Korea, among other things, and is forthcoming in 2020.
ERIC STRAUSS - Visual Artist
Art has been the center focus of my life and certainly my major interest and joy. My parents, immigrants from Nazi Germany, exposed us to museums and art school. My training took place at The Art Students League in New York and graduate studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY. Entwined with my interest in art, were studies in architecture, design and the behavioral sciences.
My present work, oil paintings of older interior spaces take people back to another time and place. The steady hand I developed as an architectural draftsman is apparent in my linear drawings. I also pursue plein aire landscape painting.
EVY McLEAN - Visual Artist
McLean’s work is inspired by the tenacious, inconspicuous forms growing in the rugged southwest. Seedpods, thistles, fungi and cones fill the frame and the complex micro-landscapes are aggrandized in oil on canvas. The early influence of Georgia O’Keefe set McLean on a similar path, now living in a similar place.
The high desert of northern New Mexico echoes her formative years in the harsh landscape of Texas, where she was trained as a commercial artist and then earned a BFA in painting from Texas Woman’s University.
McLean teaches visual art in the San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado and lives and creates in northern New Mexico.
KATIE REE - Visual Artist
I am a wanderer, explorer, and experiencer of nature. Currently, I work in and around the Durham, NC and Isle of Palms, SC area. I interpret the landscape around me and try to express the wonder and beauty I feel surrounded by. I often start a painting on location and finish in my studio. My work is a deeply spiritual experience. I endeavor to capture not only what I see but that which is unseen. There are lines connecting us all and I try to share them. Each painting is both a meditative experience and a means to push myself to notice more. During my stay at BCFA, I will continue to develop my painting style of lines, spaces, and colors.
TOM QUACH - Literary Artist
Tom Quach is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has received fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo Corporation, Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Arts, and Monson Arts. He lives in Orange County, California.
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