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Who We Are & What We Do

Dr. Bullough established his eponymous foundation with the lofty goal of "saving civilization through the power of the arts." Learn more below about our mission and how, as a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit, we strive toward this vision. 

Gardens at the Peter Bullough Foundation

Mission

We support emerging artists and the arts by providing interdisciplinary residencies, hosting workshops, lectures, and events, and sharing the rare book and art collections of the late Dr. Peter Bullough. 

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Vision

To save civilization through the power of the arts.

artist Janelle Washington leading a workshop
artist Pangea Kali Virga leading a workshop

Accreditation

The Peter Bullough Foundation is proud to be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered with the Commonwealth of Virginia and to be a Platinum Transparency nonprofit with Guidestar/Candid.

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Organization History

The Peter Bullough Foundation (PBF) was conceived by Dr. Peter Bullough in 2017. He assembled a board of friends, colleagues, and former students and began discussions about what form his eponymous foundation could take. Chief among them was an artist residency, the seeds for which had been planted decades earlier by an artist named Sakiko Ide.

 

In the 1960's, Ide came to the United States from Japan, studying art in Chicago and then working to establish herself in the New York art scene. After years of limited success, she filled her apartment with blank canvases and, once she had filled them all, she took her own life. Dr. Bullough acquired two of her paintings of chrysanthemums and it was from the gallerist that he heard her story. Moved deeply, Dr. Bullough wondered if additional support or patronage might have changed the course of her life. He spent the rest of his life offering support to artist friends and to students emerging early in their careers. 

The PBF draws its residency program from other roots as well. In his lifetime, Dr. Bullough "was unable to live fully outside the closet door," says PBF archive manager Jeffrey Albright. "His foundation seeks to provide a space for emerging LGBTQIA2S+ artists to be recognized, supported, and accepted for who they are. We look with gratitude to the one who planted the tree under whose shelter he would never rest."

Location History

Winchester was originally the land of the Massawomeck and the Manahoac. The Winchester area was a frequent travel corridor for indigenous tribes, specifically those of the Haudenosaunee Nations; the Seneca in particular were present in the region in the 1600's and 1700's, as they had recently absorbed the Massawomeck. This path is sometimes referred to as the Great Warrior Road. After a series of skirmishes with white colonists in the 1700’s, the Treaty of Albany in 1722 saw indigenous peoples trading land east of the Blue Ridge Mountains for exclusive use of the lands west of the mountains. This was short-lived, as white settlers disregarded the treaty and continued to push over the mountains and into the Shenandoah Valley. Virginia has 9 state-recognized tribes as of today. 

Area records show that the house at 122 West Cork was built in the 1840’s and was originally owned by Oliver M. Brown, who occupied the house along with this wife, children, and two enslaved people. We are hoping to conduct more research about the enslaved people who lived in this house. Brown owned three houses along West Cork Street and eventually had seven children. 

 

Preservation for Historic Winchester has shared that this two-story, five-bay single- family dwelling is set on a solid random rubble foundation. The roof is standing-seam metal, and the gabled roof includes a molded cornice, returns, overhanging eaves, and a plain frieze.

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Values

We value diversity of identity, expression, and experience

We value the role emerging artists  play in furthering the arts

We seek to enrich the local community by partnering with other organizations 

We value arts education for all ages and all walks of life

We value the accumulation of knowledge and ideas

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Board of Trustees

Dr. Anand Jagannath

Board President

Lemoyne, PA

Todd Brockwell

Treasurer

San Antonio, TX

Dr. Mark Edgar

Trustee, Residency Chair

Jacksonville, FL

Peter A. Bullough

Trustee

Copenhagen, Denmark

Harriet Gerard Clark

Trustee

Oyster Bay, NY

Courtney Reilly

Trustee

Winchester, VA

Mary Margaret Wise

Trustee

Winchester, VA

Staff

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Katie Mooney Buzby

Executive Director

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Jeffrey Albright

Archive & Property Manager

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Missie Ward

Volunteer Bookkeeper

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