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.
JULY ARTISTS - 2018
Andrea Clearfield - Musician/Composer
Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer of music for orchestra, chorus, chamber, dance, and multimedia collaborations. Her works are performed widely in the U.S. and abroad. Her recent work is inspired by her fieldwork documenting Tibetan melodies in the Himalayas. She is currently completing her first opera. She is a recipient of a 2017 Independence Foundation Fellowship, a and has been awarded residencies at the American Academy in Rome, Bellagio Center, MacDowell Colony, Brush Creek and Yaddo among others. She is also the founder and host of the renowned Salon featuring diverse styles of music since 1986.
At Brush Creek, I will be working on a new piece commissioned by the Music from Angelfire Festival in Northern New Mexico where I am Composer-In-Residence this August. The work will be a featured work of the festival and scored for flute, clarinet, string quintet, percussion and piano. The premiere will take place on August 22 and 23. A link to the performance is here: https://musicfromangelfire.org/2018-season.
More at www.andreaclearfield.com
Jonathan Kolm - Musician/Composer
The music of Jonathan Kolm has been performed across the United States and abroad. His works combine rhythmic intensity, haunting lyricism and rich harmonic colors and has been called "fluent in its diversity" (Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Classical Music Critic) and "deeply moving" (Chamber Music Today). His music has won prizes and awards in many competitions including the American Prize, the Swan Prize in Music Composition, the Percussive Arts Society Composition Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, Voices of Change Composition Contest, the Austin Peay State Composition Competition, as well as many others. He has been commissioned by a wide range of artists and ensembles and his music has been heard at such festivals as June in Buffalo, highSCORE, Beijing International Composition Workshop, MUSICX and the Ernest Bloch Festival. He has had artist colony residencies at Ipark (Connecticut), Brush Creek Ranch Arts Center (Wyoming), the Kimmel Nelson Harding Center (Nebraska), and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His choral music has been performed by some of the leading choirs in the United States, including the New York Virtuoso Singers, VocalEssence, the Princeton Singers and the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus and his work for men's chorus "Songs for the People" was performed at Lincoln Center (Alice Tully Hall) by the University of Michigan Men's Chorus. He maintains an active performing career in new music and has appeared in recitals in many colleges and universities across the United States. In addition to his work as a composer and pianist, he teaches composition, piano and music theory at Northern Virginia Community College where he serves as Associate Professor and advocates for various environmental and social causes in the nation’s capital.
Chuck Richards - Visual Artist
I was born in 1957 and grew up in Naperville, Illinois. My family was always supportive of my artistic interests. My dad built a light box for me when I was six so that I could trace my favorite comic book characters. My grandmother was a “Sunday Painter” and taught me how to copy photographs by using a grid. Drawing has always been my primary means of expression. I have been teaching drawing at the college level since 1979, and coordinate the first year drawing curriculum for the College of Design at Iowa State University. I write and illustrate picture books.
During my residency, I will be filling sketchbooks with drawings and notes of my visit to Wyoming while developing ideas for my next book.
More at www.chuckrichardsbooks.com
Morgan Craig - Visual Artist
Morgan Craig has exhibited throughout the U.S.A. Canada, Europe, and Australia, including SPACES in Cleveland, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts and the Australian National University. Craig has received numerous awards including, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2007, 2011), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for 2006 and 2008. He has also been invited to several residencies including, Cite Internationale des Arts, the Macdowell Colony, UCross, Proekt Fabrika in Moscow, Russia, and Red Gate in Beijing, China. Selections from his oeuvre were recently featured in several solo exhibitions, including Western Illinois, Vanderbilt, and Salisbury Universities.
More at www.morgancraig.org
David Marshall - Visual Artist
David Marshall has been a high school English and history teacher for more than 35 years. His master of fine arts degree is in creative writing, not visual art. However, visual art has been an abiding companion for the last 20 years, and, in the next stage of his creative life, he hopes to focus on paintings, drawings, fabric design, and book arts.
Repetition and the variation of organic and human-made shapes inspire his mixed media on paper. At Brush Creek, he will be scaling up some of the finely detailed, insistent patterns of his abstract art while also working on smaller, more representative pen and inks of the local landscape and foliage. As an emerging visual artist, he wants to explore the evocative power of hidden imagery in wood grain, rock faces, machinery, leaves, flowers, signs, and weather-worn surfaces. Though much of his art is improvisational, it begins with the forms and accidental designs of the visible world.
Amy Tofte - Literary Artist
Amy Tofte was awarded a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her plays have been semi-finalists for the nuVoices Festival (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte), Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival, Source Festival, The Bridge Initiative, Headwaters New Play Festival, PlayPenn and The Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship. She has been in residence at the Autry Museum of the American West and Yaddo with her work produced throughout the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild MFA, CalArts.
While in residence at Brush Creek, I plan to do a few minor re-writes on existing projects while researching and putting together an outline and first draft of a new screenplay about the life of a Lakota warrior Crazy Horse.
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