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.


JONATHAN LERNER - Literary Artist

Jonathan Lerner is a writer and editor. His journalism focuses primarily on issues of architecture, urbanism and environment. He is a Contributing Editor to Landscape Architecture Magazine. He is also the author of several books including the novels Caught in a Still Place and Alex Underground, and the memoir Swords in the Hands of Children, and was co-editor of the oral history Voices from Wounded Knee. He is currently completing a novel, Lily Narcissus. He lives in the historic river city of Hudson, New York, where he chairs the Conservation Advisory Council.

JULIE KLETT - Literary Artist

Julie Klett grew up as a free-range child on a farm in New Hampshire and now lives in Colorado, near Rocky Mountain National Park. She spent most of her non-painting career at conservation organizations and helped to raise millions of dollars for Rocky Mountain National Park. Klett’s work in oil and mixed media often focuses on the vast landscapes of the West, especially the interaction between earth and sky in the form of snow squalls and rain. She strives to capture the energy and mood of the subject and to leave space for subjective interpretation. Her work usually becomes more about her conversation with what is happening in the painting than about trying to strictly replicate nature. Klett can regularly be found in the middle of nowhere, happily painting from the back of her trusty old Tacoma, "Scout."

SUSIE HARA - Literary Artist

Susie Hara is the author of Finder of Lost Objects, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and winner of a first-place International Latino Book Award. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including Stirring up a Storm and Best American Erotica. Her play Lost and Found in the Mission, written with Rowena Richie, won the Best Ensemble award in the 2008 San Francisco Fringe Festival. She has received fellowships from Millay Art Colony, Ragdale Foundation, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has worked as an office temp, proofreader, legal assistant, technical writer, exercise instructor, learning specialist, actor, and editor. An alumna of UC Riverside and of the MA program in Theatre at New York University, she lives in San Francisco.

LAURA COBB - Visual Artist

Laura Cobb (b. 1989) is a photographer interested in the United States landscape. She resides in the Midwest and received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the Kansas City Art Institute. Similar to practitioners from the 19th century, she uses large format cameras (4x5 and 8x10). Unlike her counterparts from the past, she is not in search of grand majestic views. Laura’s work considers the intricacies of nature, the effects of humans on the land, and the contradictions present within the places he walks. She has been selected as an artist in residence at Ucross Foundation and Jentel Artist Residency. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally through various solo shows and juried exhibitions.

JUSTIN GO - Literary Artist

Justin Go was born in Los Angeles and educated at UC Berkeley and University College London.

His first novel, The Steady Running of the Hour, was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster, and has been translated into 20 languages.

At Brush Creek Justin will be completing his second novel, about two artists from Berlin who become refugees in the 1930s, as fascism spreads across Europe, and their perilous journey to reach safety in America.
When he is not researching or writing in Europe, Justin lives in Joshua Tree, California.

KRISTY SWANSON - Visual Artist

Kristy Swanson is a native of the Pacific Northwest who began painting while on a sabbatical in 2016. She is a self-taught artist working primarily in encaustic, inks, and collage. 

Her work is inspired by elements found in the natural world: organic forms, shapes, patterns, rhythms, repetition, growth, decay, and regeneration. Her paintings reference nature indirectly, conjuring images of water, stone, geology, or flora, without being intentionally representational. 

While at Brush Creek, she plans to experiment and test out a variety of ideas, techniques, and processes with the intention of expanding and clarifying her artistic voice and direction.

ANNE VON CANAL - Literary Artist

After receiving her university degree in Scandinavian and German studies, Anne worked as an editor in German publishing for more than 10 years. She then decided to dedicate herself to her own writing. She has since published two novels. Der Grund (The Reason), released in 2014, followed by Whiteout in 2017. Her books where translated into several languages such as French, Estonian and Latvian. While at Brush Creek Ranch, she will be working on a draft of her third novel about a photographer dealing with the reliability of pictures.

CARRIE LABEN - Literary Artist

Carrie Laben is the author of the novel A Hawk in the Woods, published March 2019. Her work has also appeared in such venues as Apex, The Dark, Indiana Review, Okey-Panky, and Outlook Springs. In 2017, she won the Shirley Jackson Award in Short Fiction for her story Postcards from Natalie and Duke University’s Documentary Essay Prize for the essay The Wrong Place. She has been a MacDowell Fellow and a resident at the Anne LaBastille Memorial Residency. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and now resides in Queens. At Brush Creek, she will be working on The City and the Sky, a collection of essays on urban environmentalism through the lens of birds and birdwatching.



                                               PAST RESIDENTS

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