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.


 KATHY WEAVER - Visual Artist

Weaver received an MA in Art History and Painting from Bowling Green State University. She has received fellowships at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Ragdale Foundation, Hambidge Center for the Arts, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts and has taught at Arrowmont. She studied in Jogjakarta, Indonesia and at the Institute for European Studies and the Art Academy of Vienna. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She was one of five US artists selected for the 15th International Triennial in Poland. Her quilt series, “Guns Are Us,” are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. She is represented by Gallery 19 in Chicago.

During her residency at Brush Creek, Weaver will be working on a multi- faceted origin story. She is creating a "drama" in which imaginary animals and robots interact in large narrative paintings. Through these characters, she provides a glimpse into the vagaries and triumphs of the human condition.

AUSTYN GAFFNEY - Literary Artist

Austyn Gaffney is a freelance writer and editor in Lexington, Kentucky. Her work is published or forthcoming in Brevity, Prairie Schooner, The Offing, onEarth, RANGE, Misadventures, Scalawag, and more. Her writing has been supported by the Katherine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference, the Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, and residencies from PLAYA Summer Lake. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Kentucky. She’s working on her first book about a lighthouse and a smelter in northern Ontario.

KRISTEN BARTEL - Visual Artist

Kristen Bartel is originally from the Southwest and currently lives and works in Southeast Wisconsin. As an artist invested in contemporary print-media with a strong background in traditional printmaking, her practice remains firmly rooted in multiplicity and duplication. She combines traditional print techniques with drawing, photography and digital media. Her work looks at both the large and small implications of the American Dream. At Brush Creek, Kristen will be exploring the impact of consumer culture and use of natural resources within the context of the Western landscape with print based artworks on paper.

STACEY STEERS - Visual Artist

Stacey Steers is known for her process-driven, labor-intensive films composed of thousands of handmade works on paper. Her recent work employs images appropriated from early cinematic sources, from which she constructs original, lyrical narratives. Steers’s animated short films have screened throughout the U.S. and abroad, and have received numerous awards. Her work has shown at Sundance FF, Telluride FF, Locarno IFF, IFFR, Rotterdam, New Directors New Films (New York), MoMA, and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.) among many other venues. A recipient of major grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital and the American Film Institut, Steers is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She lives and works in Boulder, CO. While at Brush Creek she will work on a new film project that imagines a 19th century interplanetary voyage.


From the crossroads of writing and social practice, Franciszka Voeltz writes poems to go on a portable typewriter for magnificent strangers, curates a collective poem to the entire planet, maintains an interactive daily writing practice, and facilitates community writing events and workshops.

Voeltz’s chapbook All This Blue, All This Broken is available from Iron Point Press and her work has appeared in journals including Dark Mountain, Analecta Literary Journal, and Adrienne. Voeltz is the recipient of various poetry fellowships including those granted by the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Art Farm. She earned an MFA in Writing from the University of California, San Diego. Voeltz sees poems as part of the muscle that works to abolish prisons, dismantle the racism and capitalism of the heteropatriarchy we live in, take down border walls and protect/redistribute resources so that all life will have what it needs to thrive. She lives and works at Sandhill, a collective farm in northeast Missouri.

TIM RUSH - Literary Artist

Tim Rush is a teacher of writing and reading. Over a 50-year teaching career, helping the underdogs who struggle has been his biggest reward. In retirement, Tim writes high interest, fiction-based-on-fact stories for those who struggle to become fluent readers of English published by not-for-profit publisher Gemma Media, Open Door to Literacy (Boston). While at Brush Creek, Tim will finish his third book for adults and young people who are becoming fluent in the reading of English. These stories are centered on the Northern Arapaho people whose traditional home has been Wyoming and east-central Colorado.


                                               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