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.
FEBRUARY 2018 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Sky Macklay (b. 1988) is a composer, oboist, and installation artist originally from Minnesota, currently wrapping up her DMA at Columbia University and living in Chicago. Her recent projects include an opera set in a uterus, two interactive installations of harmonica-playing inflatable sculptures, and a reed quintet commissioned by Chamber Music America. Her orchestra piece Dissolving Bands won the Leo Kaplan award from ASCAP and her string quartet Many Many Cadences, recorded on Spektral Quartet’s Grammy-nominated album, also received an ASCAP award.
While at Brush Creek, Sky will be finishing an opera, The Surrogate, for the University of Illinois opera and working on a saxophone and electronics piece for International
Contemporary Ensemble saxophonist Ryan Muncy.
Jane Yudelman was born in South Africa, grew up in England and now divides her time between Massachusetts and Maine. Having worked professionally for many years in poverty-alleviation programs around the world, she turned to photography to remind herself of the beauty that exists in a world of economic, social and political injustice. Her photography focuses on discovering abstract expressions of this beauty in the natural world. More recently she has been using abstract photography to explore the notion of how thought affects the way we see and how perception shapes our experience of time. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions around the country. During the residency Jane will continue working on these newer projects, incorporating light and colours of Wyoming.
Jeannine Ouellette has authored several educational books and the children’s picture book Mama Moon. Her stories and essays have appeared in many journals and magazines, and she is a recent prizewinner in the Curt Johnson Fiction Awards, Proximity Essay Contest, and the Masters Review Short Story Contest, as well as the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations. Jeannine is founder of Elephant Rock, a creative writing program based in Minneapolis, and serves as a volunteer writing teacher for the Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and as the nonfiction editor for Orison Books. Jeannine recently completed her first novel, set in Wyoming, which she will be revising at Brush Creek.
After my initial 35 year career as a free-lance commercial photographer, I recently retired from 12 years of teaching photography at an inner city high school in Philadelphia. I loved working with these students but, during that period of my live, I had very little time to shoot my own work. This residency will give me a chance to pursue my own work in a concentrated way. Shooting landscapes is what I enjoy most, especially the light and the interplay of shadows and highlights which add drama and feeling to the images. I head out with the idea of discovering and experiencing with very little preconception of what I will see. That sense of discovery is what keeps me shooting. While at Brush creek Ranch, I want to be open to new visual possibilities. I am looking forward to the harsher weather elements and capturing my experience of a very different environment.
Joshua Hey is a composer living in Philadelphia as a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been commissioned and performed by the Daedalus Quartet, PRISM, Omaha Symphony, Quatuor Bozzini, Bearthoven and Marilyn Nonken, among others. It has been presented through MATA, Time of Music—Musiikin aika, June in Buffalo, the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, and as composer-in-residence at ICon Arts in Sibiu, Romania. In 2014-15, he was a visiting scholar at the Sibelius Academy on a Jane and Aatos Erkko fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. During my residency, I will be working on my multimedia dissertation work for mixed chamber ensemble, electronics, lighting, and video.
Jill McCabe Johnson is the author of the poetry books Revolutions We'd Hoped We'd Outgrown, (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and Diary of the One Swelling Sea (MoonPath Press, 2013), which won the 2014 Silver Award in Poetry from Nautilus Book Awards. Jill is also the author of the nonfiction chapbook Borderlines (Sweet Publications, 2016). She serves as series editor for the "Being What Makes You" anthologies from the University of Nebraska Gender Programs, including the anthologies Becoming: What Makes a Woman (2012), essays and poems of pivotal life experiences that make us who we are today, and Being: What Makes a Man (2015), with meditations on the imperative: Be a man. Jill is the founding director of the nonprofit, Artsmith, providing artist residencies, a reading series, workshops, and other educational events. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University and her PhD in English at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln where she served as the Louise Van Sickle Fellow in Poetry. She now teaches English and Creative Writing at Skagit Valley College in the San Juan Islands. Jill is dedicated to promoting equity among all humans and protecting the beauty and riches of our planet for future generations. Plus eating good food. These endeavors are not mutually exclusive.
Pam Rogers is a painter/sculptor whose work explores the territory between the nature and the role of the artist as they engage with nature. She often grounds her work in the place where it is created by using her handmade pigments created from local, soil, plants and minerals. Born in Boulder, Colorado, Pam received her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and her BA in Art History from Wellesley College. Her work has been exhibited nationally including recent solo shows that include the Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston VA, and Hillyer Art Space in Washington DC, and upcoming solo show at the Arlington Arts Center in VA. Pam has worked with numerous curatorial projects and was selected to receive a fellowship with the DCAC Curator/Mentor Program, as well as Strathmore Mentor in the Fine AIRS program and is completing her six-year fellowship at the Arlington Arts Center. She has received fellowships at multiple artist residency programs including the Ucross Foundation, Hambridge, I-Park, Ragdale Art Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Mass MoCA. Pam currently works as an independent illustrator on various projects for the Anthropology Dept of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. Recently, Pam has returned to the west and is currently working out of her studio in Denver, Colorado.
Judith Robertson is a Miami-based artist whose work has been included in annual exhibitions at the New Jersey State Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. Her sculpture and recycled assemblage has been installed in national and international galleries including MIA Gallery, Dieter Keller Gallery, Luzern (Switz.), Schmidt Gallery, (FAU, Boca Raton, FL), and Herndon Gallery of Art (Antioch College). Her short video work was screened during ArtBasel/Miami Beach 2003, 2004, and 2011. Permanent installations of her mixed media sculpture were commissioned for Red Square residences in lower Manhattan; Capitol Club (Luzern, Switz): and El Teddy's restaurant (Tribeca, NYC).
She is the recipient of a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, and served as a regional adjudication panelist for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (NKA YoungArts) from 2001 to 2004.
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