Meet Our Resident Artists

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.


JOHN FRANTZEN - Musician/Composer

John Frantzen’s music has been performed at esteemed venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Memorial, China Shanxi Concert Hall, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Commission highlights include the Quad City Symphony, Manhattan School of Music, Nashua Chamber Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Papal Mass performance on Benjamin Parkway. He has been awarded prizes in the 2nd International Frank Ticheli Composition Competition, Penfield Music Commission Project, along with several radio broadcast performances on Performance Today. Published by Manhattan Beach Music, Theodore Presser, Murphy Music Press and ECS Publishing, he currently resides in Chicago where he operates his own music production company, Frantzen MusicPress.

While at Brush Creek, Frantzen will be working on a consortium commission to write a double concerto for violin, violoncello and wind ensemble.

CHRIS WRIGHT - Visual Artist

Chris Wright received his BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and his MFA from Pratt Institute. Wright currently teaches at Pratt Institute, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Wright is a 2015 fellow in painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts and has had one-person shows at the George Billis Gallery in New York City and Los Angeles and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, New York. His work has been shown at Cal State Fullerton, Hampden Gallery, UMass Amherst, and the Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College.

Wright has been traveling throughout the West this summer, painting plein air the landscapes of California, Nevada, Yosemite and Yellowstone. His time at Brush Creek will be used to develop his process of working from memory and creating large-scale landscapes based on small studies he has created on his western journeys.

JANICE NORTHERNS - Literary Artist

A native Texan, Janice Northerns currently lives in southwest Kansas, where she teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at a community college. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Chariton Review, descant, The Laurel Review, Roanoke Review, Southwestern American Literature, Iron Horse Literary Review, and elsewhere. She attended the 2018 Sewanee Writers' Conference on a Tennesee Williams poetry scholarship, and won second place in the 2017 Marr Poetry competition hosted by Southwest Review. Northerns was named a finalist in the IHLR 2017 PhotoFinish contest and is a recipient of the Robert S. Newton Creative Writing Award from Texas Tech University.

NELSON ARMOUR - Visual Artist

Nelson Armour’s photography includes landscapes, environmental portraits, social documentary and constructed works. His work has been shown in Chicago, nationally and internationally, and has appeared in numerous publications. LENSCRATCH featured Surface Tension: Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan, a collaboration with Ted Glasoe which was exhibited at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Evanston Art Center, artNXTlevel, and the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Recently, Armour had two solo shows in Chicago at Firecat Projects and ARC Gallery, with a third slated for November 2019.

While at Brush Creek, Armour plans to use his time to extend his work dealing with the world’s water issues.

SUE DANIELSON - Visual Artist

Sue Danielson lives and works in Seattle. She is a painter, printmaker, and installation artist who was born and raised in Western Washington. Selected exhibition locations include Trestle Gallery and Site: Brooklyn Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Whatcom County Museum of Art, Fine Art Museum at Florida State University, Out of Sight Art Fair, Seattle Art Fair, and the Affordable Art Fair Seattle. She will exhibit at Linda Hodge Gallery in April 2020.

Danielson is a co-founder and co-director of the annual Duwamish River Artist Residency. She is also an occasional curator and has received fellowships from Ucross Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Willapa Bay Residency and Centrum in addition to Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.

LESLIE NUTTING - Visual Artist

Leslie Ganyard Nutting is a painter based in West Virginia, though her roots are in California. Inspired by the natural world, Leslie explores America's remaining wild places. She is drawn to the untamed vastness of remote parts of the country, as well as trails and back roads closer to home. Leslie loves the freedom, adventure, and challenges of outdoor painting. She uses field painting opportunities to slow down, look closely, think openly, and intensely feel the world as it is. These immersive experiences create useful studies and memories which Leslie draws on to develop interpretive studio work.


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Pilot Program 2011