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.


 EMILY BUDD - Visual Artist

Born in 1980 in Cincinnati, Ohio and currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Emily Budd uses geologic forms and fictional artifacts to examine human perception and impact within the realm of deep time. Seeking out symmetries between the ancient past and the speculative future, her sculptural work explores the potential evidence of our present-day experiences in a fossil record.

During her residency at Brush Creek, she will develop an installation of objects that further investigate the intersections of craft, ecology, science fiction, queerness, time scale and further investigate the human sustainability when facing imminent change.

ELLEN SOLLAD - Visual Artist

Ellen Sollod is an interdisciplinary artist who creates large-scale site-specific work, mixed
media installations, photographs, and artist books. Her works are included in such
collections as the NY Public Library Spencer Collection, National Museum for Women in the
Arts, and Yale University Center for the Book. She has created public artworks throughout
the State of Washington, in Oregon and California. Sollod is an artist/activist, often using
her work to engage the public in dialogue about pressing issues.

JOYCE LI - Literary Artist

Joyce Li received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College in 2018. She has been awarded scholarships, prizes, and residencies from Tin House, the Norton Island Residency Program, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and Brooklyn College. A Jersey girl at heart, she now lives in New York, where she works for a non-profit organization for immigrants in the arts and sciences, and enjoys the many culinary and cultural offerings there. While at Brush Creek Ranch, she will be working on a draft of her first novel, set in the Kowloon Walled City.

MARK TAYLOR - Musician/Composer

One of the few performers to successfully integrate the notoriously difficult French Horn into the landscape of jazz and improvised music, Mark Taylor has also been commissioned to compose for film, dance, and the concert stage. In addition to several new chamber works, Taylor has released four CDs of all original material, composed the score for “Last Days of Coney Island”, a film by famed animator/director Ralph Bakshi; and created a multi-movement work for orchestra, titled, “It’s Not Like He’s Never Been There Before”. Taylor has embarked upon a number of new projects through the non-profit Interrobang Arts Inc. for which he serves as artistic and educational director.

During his time at Brush Creek, Mark will be developing compositional ideas for a new score for Oscar Micheaux’ silent film “Within Our Gates” as well as doing intensive work improving his piano technique and improvisation skills. 


KATE SNOW - Visual Artist

Kate Snow is a painter and printmaker born in Charlotte, North Carolina. After five years working and learning at the cooperative art space, Zygote Press, she began actively showing work in 2016. Her stripped down approach relies heavily on elements of design to explore the uneasy relationship between chaos and control. Using line, repeating shape, and a limited palette, she seeks balance within complexity and questions how we connect, rely on, and betray ourselves and each other. She currently works from her studio at home in Cleveland Heights, OH where she also creates a small print line of stationery and apparel in collaboration with her husband, Eagan Rackley, under the name Four Fish Ink.

LIZ SILBAUGH - Visual Artist

Liz Silbaugh has lived on the outskirts of Philadelphia for the past 11 years. Brought up mostly in Denver, she has also tried out life in New York, Massachusetts, and Alaska. Day jobs in education, editing, and human services have helped her support the art habit as she and her math teacher husband raise three neat kids. Recently she spends as many hours as she can painting (and sometimes writing) in a small office above a dry cleaners - and trying to find original and effective ways to show and sell her work.

At Brush Creek, Liz will turn herself over to the exploration of land and sky-scape - in a sense that is both abstract and pictorial - attempting to transmit peace and space through paintings to a world that is often stressed, rushed and overwhelmed.

LARRY ZUCKERMAN - Literary Artist

A New York native, Larry Zuckerman has lived in Seattle since 1989. He broke into print with The Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World, celebrating a vegetable’s triumph over social prejudice to become a bulwark of modern life. His next book, The Rape of Belgium, tells how the German invasion and occupation of Belgium during the First World War presaged Nazi Europe.

For the past 14 years, Larry has written historical fiction, with the 1914-1918 war and the 1930s as favorite backgrounds. At Brush Creek, he plans to revise Exposure, a novel about a Polish photographer in Paris in 1936.

BENJAMIN KRAUSE - Musician/Composer

A Chicago-based composer and pianist with interdisciplinary engagement across a wide range of media, Benjamin Krause is a recipient of the Copland House Residency Award, Houston Symphony Emerging Composer Award, a Presser Award, and the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau Prix Marion Tournon Branly. His music has been performed worldwide, with performances and commissions by the Houston Symphony, Network for New Music, Da Camera of Houston, Musiqa, and the Delgani String Quartet. He received his D.M.A. from Rice University, and, as a pianist, is fluent in many idioms, from the traditional classical repertoire to new music and jazz. He has taught at Rice University, the University of Oregon, Hope College, and Valparaiso University.

While at Brush Creek, he will be composing a new work for flute and bass, commissioned by
bassist Paul Cannon of Ensemble Modern (Germany), and making progress on a song cycle on the
poetry of Amy Lowell. He will also take many long walks.

                                               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