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.


DAVID LIPTEN - Musician/Composer

"David Lipten... is a composer with a strong sense of direction, a fluid syntax and an inventive linear-abstract melodic gift." - Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music, Feb. 2015. His music has been performed by many world-class chamber musicians and choruses. David’s Double Down (composed at Brush Creek) was premiered by Cosmos New Music at Carnegie Hall in 2018. His music has received awards from the Elevate Ensemble, The American Prize, ASCAP, etc., and has been commissioned by the Fromm Foundation/Harvard, the Verdehr Trio, etc. He held residencies at the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts and attended the Aspen and Oregon-Bach Festivals. David also holds a Ph.D. from Duke University. His music is recorded on the Ablaze and 4-Tay labels.

REBECCA RILEY - Visual Artist

Rebecca Riley's paintings, collages, and installations explore the structures and patterns of dynamic systems. Her recent work depicts the changing boundaries, through creation and destruction, of the man-made and natural environment, an approach she will pursue in maps and drawings inspired by the ecosystem of Brush Creek. Riley grew up in Colorado, developing the strong connection to nature that fuels her work, widely shown and in many private collections. She earned a BA in art from Carleton College, and an MFA from Pratt Institute. Her studio is in Ridgewood, Queens. She teaches art in the New York City Public Schools.

GEORGE MAURER - Musician/Composer

Minneapolis-based George Maurer is a McKnight Fellow, and is best known for his work as a jazz performer, music director and composer – talents that have taken him all over the world, as he performs and composes music that crosses genres, disciplines and, increasingly, continents. He has performed with Eric Clapton, and arranged music for renowned musicians from the Tony-awarded original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” to the Boston Pops. 

His composing talent has been called upon to produce a steady stream of music for projects for himself and other artists, including jazz, art-song and symphony. 

His most recent projects focus on multimedia storytelling, multidisciplinary work with international artists and, always, collaboration with an eye on the bigger picture, including his “Tales from a Bicycle Seat” radio series recorded on his annual cross-country bicycle odysseys.


Virginia Wagner is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BA from Oberlin College in Studio Art and Creative Writing and her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art’s Hoffberger School of Painting. She has been granted residencies at Byrdcillfe with a Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship, VCCA, the Edward Albee Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Ucross, Vermont Studio Center, Yale Norfolk, and received the 2016 Lotos Prize in Painting. Her portrait series has been featured on BBC Radio’s The Cultural Frontline and in the short documentary The Gender Line, which premiered at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. Wagner is co-founder of the blog Painters on Paintings and currently teaches hybrid visual art and creative writing courses at Pratt Institute.

GAETANO LaROCHE - Visual Artist

Gaetano LaRoche grew up in a small town in Rhode Island and he is a graduate of the Cooper Union and Teachers College Columbia University.  He received a Pollock-Krasner award for his drawings and paintings.  His works are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, Springfield Art Museum, and Columbia University.  He has had large exhibitions of his work at chashama 461 gallery in New York City, Silver Art Center in New Hampshire and at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Louisiana amongst other places.  Nature and great works of art are his inspirations.

SOON WILEY - Literary Artist

Soon Wiley’s work has appeared in Sonora Review, Harpur Palate, and TINGE Magazine. He holds an MFA from Wichita State University. Originally from Nyack, New York, he currently teaches English in Washington, D.C. He plans to work on his first novel while at BCFA.


Thibaut Huchard is a visual artist from Paris, France. At age eight, he took drawing classes. At age twelve, he began attending a workshop where he did oil painting. Later, he spent five years at the Emile Cohl School in Lyon, where he trained in drawing, illustration, comics and cartoon.
He moved to Paris in the summer of 2011 and chose to focus on his creation by living odd jobs unrelated to art. He paints every afternoon in a collective workshop, the Atelier en Commun, at 100, rue de Charenton.


                                               PAST RESIDENTS

Winter-Spring 2019  Summer-Fall 2018  Winter-Spring 2018  Summer-Fall 2017   Winter-Spring 2017  Summer-Fall 2016  Winter-Spring 2016  Summer-Fall 2015  Winter-Spring 2015  Summer-Fall 2014  Winter-Spring 2014  Summer-Fall 2013  Winter-Spring 2013  Summer-Fall 2012  Winter-Spring 2012

Pilot Program 2011