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Brush Creek Ranch
Visual Arts Studio
Overlook of of Artist Camp
Private room (with private bath)
BCR Ranch Gate

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts offers time and space for artistic exploration through immersion in the extraordinary beauty of the West. We offer 2 and 4 week residencies, with preference given to those who prefer four weeks. Winter/Spring residencies are offered each year between January and May; application deadline September 1st of the previous year. Summer/Fall residencies are offered June through November; application deadline March 1st of the current year. Applications are received on Cafe' at www.callforentry.org.

Location

Saratoga, Wyoming: United States

The Foundation for the Arts is located on the historic Brush Creek Ranch, a century old, 30,000-acre guest and working cattle ranch at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest in Saratoga, Wyoming. The residency program is situated in the riparian corridor of Brush Creek, in between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges. We are four hours from Denver by car with the nearest connecting airport in Laramie, WY. We are one hour and fifteen min. from the Laramie airport by car (add on 30-45 min for winter /spring driving). We provide shuttle transportation both to and from Laramie airport and Brush Creek Ranch on arrival and departure days only.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 2 or 4 weeks (preference goes to 4)
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 8
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 85
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 496

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Residents must be at least 18 years old and mature enough for self directed work.

  • Application deadline: March 01, September 01
  • Additional deadline info:
    We offer two sessions per year-- Winter/Spring which runs January through May and Summer/Fall which runs June through November. Applications must be postmarked by March 1 of the same year and September 1 of the previous year. No exceptions.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Robert Freedman (author and lyricist), Steven Lutvak (singer-songwriter), Randall Shinn (composer), Keeril Makan (composer), Gerri Sayler (visual artist), Julie Strasheim (painter), Emily McIlroy (painter), Janet Schultz (textiles), Kathy Weaver (painter & fabric artist), John Timothy Pizzuto (printmaker), M J Alexander (photographer), Julene Bair (author), Benjamin Jackson (poet), Sigrid Nunez (author), Brian Bouldrey (author) Sean Barry (author and playwrite), Mary Ellen Childs (composer), Marilyn Shrude (composer), David Evan Thomas (composer), John Sampen (performer-saxophone)
"Brush Creek provided an ideal creative sanctuary for my work as a composer in every way. The daily hikes into the hills provided inspiration, exhilaration, endless wonder and essential time for contemplation; the magnificent Steinway piano and great acoustics were a huge asset to my work in the studio, and the staff and community of artists couldn't have been better. This was one of the most productive and enjoyable residencies that I have had. A huge thank you to Brush Creek Staff and the Whites for making this amazing place possible!"
— Andrea Clearfield, award winning American composer
Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak spent time as residents of Brush Creek working towards a production of their musical, A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, and intended to write 3 new songs. "I’d say we accomplished 2.6 new songs…, Miss Shingle’s Surprise, Why Would Anyone Want To Be An Earl? and a good head start on Love and Murder - Steven Lutvak. The Broadway production ultimately won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical at the 68th Tony Awards, June 8, 2014 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY.
— "This is what time and space produces," Beth White, BCFA Founder

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Our residence building is a newly constructed log structure comprised of eight individual rooms with separate entrances. Each room has a private full sized bath, single bed, small desk, lamp, dresser and closet area. Temperature controls in each room can be adjusted for the perfect atmosphere. A deck on the front of the building has outdoor seating and tables that overlook one of many meadows.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Most meals are provided. In the morning enjoy self-serve breakfast in the shared kitchen. Lunches and evening meal are prepared by our ranch chef and is shared family style over great conversation with fellow residents. Residents help with clean up of kitchen area. Some accommodations can be made for vegetarian and gluten free diets. Other special dietary needs are the responsibility of the resident. Full kitchen is available. Please inquire with director for more information.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
    Studios and living spaces are all one one level with a step up to the deck and entrances. A gravel path lined with aspen trees connects all buildings.
  • Studios/special equipment: Music studio (non-recording), Painting
  • Additional studio information: 
    The studios at this low-tech residency are all beautifully restored, historic log cabins and work sheds relocated from places in the surrounding ranching community. We have four large visual art studios-- each with utility sink, work cart and tables, storage, easel and chair. There are two writing studios with a desk, cozy leather chair and lamps for extra light. Our first music studio is restored one-room school house and houses a beautiful new Steinway piano. Our second music studio is the original ranch homestead, which has been lovingly restored and holds a Bosendorfer piano with MIDI capable system. Residents are responsible for all supplies and specialized equipment.

Residency Fees

There is an application fee. Residents are responsible for transportation to Ranch or Laramie Regional Airport along with all necessary supplies, special equipment and personal items. Shuttle service is provided by Foundation to and from Laramie Regional Airport and Brush Creek Ranch on arrival and departure days only. Foundation provides most meals, room with private bath and exclusive studio use.

Stipends / other support

None at this time. Residents are encouraged to apply for funding support from state and community arts and culture agencies.

Additional expectations / opportunities

BRUSH CREEK PRESENTS is a once-per-month volunteer opportunity for resident artists to share their talent in local communities, including an outreach in the schools program, or at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.

Contact Information

66 Brush Creek Ranch Rd
15 miles outside of Saratoga, Wyoming 82331
United States