Below, you'll find our current artist-in-residence. For more recent information, please check out our Instagram or Facebook pages! 

Lauren Baccus

Artist-in-Residence January-February 2022

Lauren Baccus is a textile artist and researcher whose work centers around the construction of Caribbean identity and womanhood through textile and costume. She is strongly influenced by masquerade and the region’s legacy of resistance and storytelling through cloth and clothing. Her most recent project, Salt and Aloes, is an archive of Caribbean material culture over the past century. She is currently completing a Masters in Textiles and Material Culture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. You can find her on instagram @salt.and.aloes

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Ibtisam Zaman

Artist-in-Residence January-February 2022

Ibtisam Zaman is a young multidisciplinary artist who focuses on painting traditional and narrative portraiture, still life subjects, and abstract expressions. Her work is inspired by Persian Islamic geometric art, Indian classical art, surrealism, modern realism, and abstract expressionism. At age six, she moved from Tulsa, Oklahoma to England, followed by the UAE. My mother made the decision shortly after 9/11 to escape the violence that Muslims and BIPOC are still facing today. By thirteen, she had lived in both the UAE and India for nine years, where she became a multilingual outsider. Says Zaman, "my skin tone and fluency gave me access to communities willing to accept me for my external features, but not the hidden identities I carry." 

She creates to clarify the ambiguity of far and near places; to humanise identities of people regardless of ethnicity, education, sexuality, or gender. In her paintings, lie the struggle against injustice and the prayer for a brighter tomorrow.  She holds and heals communities through her painting expression and process. This work is her determination for truth, empowerment, and liberation. As a Black, lesbian, multilingual, and intersectional feminist in an art world designed by and for white, heteronormative-masculinity, she owns the tools to create this political work. This is her purpose as an artist.

Past Artists-in-Residence

Sandra Jackson-Opoku

Artist-in-Residence November-December 2021

Sandra Jackson-Opoku (she/her) is an accomplished novelist, journalist, and academic. Her published novels include The River Where Blood is Born, winner of American Library Association Black Caucus Award for Best Fiction and Hot Johnny (and the Women Whom Loved Him), an Essence Magazine bestseller in hardcover fiction. Her stories, poetry, articles, essays, and scripts are widely published and produced, with work appearing in Islands Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine, The Literary Traveler, and elsewhere. Jackson-Opoku’s work has earned the SCBWI Kimberly Colen Award for New Children’s Writing, an American Antiquarian Society Fellowship for Creative Writers, a National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Fellowship, the CCLM/General Electric Fiction Award for Younger Writers, Illinois Arts Council Finalist Awards, and more. Jackson-Opoku teaches literature and creative writing at schools, universities, workshops, and institutions around the world, including Columbia College Chicago, the University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University, the Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago, the North Country Institute for Writers of Color, and the Hurston-Wright Writers Workshop. You can read more about her here


Kat Ryals

Artist-in-Residence November-December 2021

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Kat Ryals (b. 1988, she/her) is a Brooklyn-based artist, curator, and photographer. Ryals received a BFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and a MFA in Photography & Adv. Certificate in Museum Education from Brooklyn College. Ryals has shown her work nationally, including in a solo booth at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in 2020, and in recent group exhibitions with ChaShaMa, Ortega Y Gasset Projects, The Wassaic Project, and the Holocenter on Governor’s Island. She has also completed several artist residencies, including the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship in 2018, the Wassaic Project in 2019, and ChaNorth in 2019 and 2021. She is the cofounder of the arts platform, Paradice Palase, based out of Bushwick, Brooklyn. In recent years, she has been pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to her artistic practice where she creates lens based and digital works, 3D objects, wearables, and installations. Her work examines how manmade power is created through means of myth, spectacle, ornamentation, illusion, and assigned value and her projects are often influenced by her Cajun roots and Catholic upbringing. You can find her on instagram @kitsch_witch

Caitlin McCormack

Artist-in-Residence November-December 2021

Caitlin McCormack (b. 1988, Plainfield NJ, she/they) is a Philadelphia-based textile artist and art educator. Her fiber sculptures are composed from crocheted cotton thread that is dredged in a mixture of glues and foraged pigments, after which the material is shaped into a variety of forms. McCormack received a BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2010 and has studied under master ceramicist Marguerita Hagan since 2019. In 2021, she received a Joseph Robert Foundation Grant and was an artist-in-residence at ChaNorth in Upstate NY.

McCormack’s works have been displayed across the US and internationally in solo and group exhibitions at The Mütter Museum, The Taubman Museum of Art, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Museum Rijswijk, Rhodes Contemporary, Hashimoto Contemporary, The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Field Projects, SPRING/BREAK Art Show in NYC, and the Second Street Gallery. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Juxtapoz, Hyperallergic, Smithsonian, The Guardian, Fiber Art Now, and Bust Magazine. Additionally, her sculptures were the subject of an interview with Jim Cotter for Articulate on PBS. McCormack has held teaching positions at Hussian College of Art and Design and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. You can find her on instagram @mister_caitlin

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Paige Tibbe

Artist-in-Residence October-November 2021

Paige Tibbe (she/her) is a visual artist based out of Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from Seton Hill University with a BFA in Studio Art in the spring of 2017. Paige is a member of both the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists. She has exhibited at galleries in the surrounding Pittsburgh area, including the Christine Frechard Gallery, the Westmorland Museum of Art, and Percolate Gallery. Juried group exhibitions include the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh’s 106th Annual Exhibition curated by Taras Matla (2018) and I See You curated by Jen Melvin at Point Park University (2018). Paige has shown in other notable regional exhibitions such as the Students of Artists Who Teach at the Westmorland Museum of Art and Physique at Panza Gallery at which she was awarded Juror’s Choice Award (2018). Paige’s inclusion in the juried exhibition, Art of the State, in Harrisburg, PA was awarded with Honorable Mention for her painting titled Mike (2019). She now works out of her home studio in Swissvale. You can find her on instagram @paige.tibbe.

Raquel Adler

Artist-in-Residence October-November 2021

Raquel Adler (she/her) is an emerging artist who makes mixed-media prints, paintings, collages, and artist books. Her conceptual artworks are centered around interpersonal relationships and directly respond to the idea of memory and use personal experiences from the artist as an origin point. Often, her work challenges the universal belief that a picture tells an accurate, unbiased story. She questions the boundary between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, blending both in an expressive and cathartic revival of her past. Adler received her BFA in Studio Art from Adelphi University in 2020, where she participated in her solo exhibition, I Hope One Day You’ll Forgive Me, and two group exhibitions. She also contributed to a collaborative piece Mare Nostrum (Our Sea), with artist Stephanie Owens that exhibited at COPE NYC’s Artist in Residence Project. Upon receiving her BFA, Adler received the Peter Paone Award for Excellence in Works on Paper and later received a residency in the Winter of 2021 at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She currently resides and works in Long Island, NY. 

Marisa Stratton in the PBF studios

Marisa Stratton

Artist-in-Residence September-October 2021

Marisa (she/her) is a representational painter whose work explores the collective digital experience and its relationship to painting as documentation. Marisa received her BFA in Communication Arts with a minor in Painting + Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. While pursuing her degree, she participated in multiple group exhibitions in and around Richmond. She is the recipient of several awards including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Undergraduate Fellowship.

lydia see

Artist-in-Residence September-October 2021

lydia see (she/they/y’all) is an artist, educator, and curator of art and archives living and working in Sylva, NC, on the ancestral lands of the ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East) and S’atsoyaha (Yuchi). lydia’s research and practice is concerned with representation and agency within the context of material culture. She is a serial collaborator, works in studio and with publics, and is a firm believer in art as a catalyst for social justice + civic engagement. As founder and director of Engaging Collections, a residency and publication at the intersections of art with libraries, archives, and special collections, lydia facilitates the amplification of archival silences to excavate underrepresented legacies and build more complete public histories.

Photographer Jessie Hansen in the PBF studio

Jessie Hansen

Artist-in-Residence August-September 2021

Jessie Hansen (she/her) is an analog photographer currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work consists of portraiture and environmental photography that are greatly focused on the concepts of empathy and emotion. An insatiable desire to connect on a deep level with other people and nature is what inspires and drives Jessie in her photographic career. Her work mostly takes the form of darkroom and inkjet prints, and in recent months she has made several projects in the form of handmade artist books. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art and will be graduating in 2021.

L. Renée

Artist-in-Residence August-September 2021

L. Renée (she/her) is a poet and nonfiction writer from Columbus, Ohio. She is a third-year MFA candidate at Indiana University, where she has served as Nonfiction Editor of Indiana Review and Associate Director of the Indiana University Writers’ Conference. Her work, nominated for Best New Poets and a Pushcart Prize, has been anthologized in Women of Appalachia Project's Women Speak: Volume 6. She is the recipient of the Indiana University Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing, Appalachian Review's Denny C. Plattner Award, and second place winner of the Crystal Wilkinson Creative Writing Prize from PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture and New Limestone Review. Her poems have been published or forthcoming in Tin House Online, Obsidian, Poet Lore, the minnesota review, Southern Humanities Review, Sheila-na-gig Online, and elsewhere. She has received support from Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and Oak Spring Garden Foundation. L. Renée believes in Black joy, which she occasionally expresses on Instagram @lreneepoems.

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Artist Rachel Crockett Smith

Rachel Crockett Smith

Artist-in-Residence June - August 2021

Rachel Crockett Smith (she/her) is the PBF's first local resident! During her time as a resident, she will be working on a series of large abstract paintings inspired by the PBF’s studio space. Says Smith, “[the paintings] will focus on bold color and playful, gestural mark-making. This residency gives me the physical and mental space to create and push myself in new ways.”


Smith is an Arizona native and Brigham Young University graduate, who shares her home in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, four young daughters, and two dogs. An abstract artist whose work in oils and acrylics is informed by color, Smith has received multiple juror’s awards and has exhibited across the country. 

Legacy Artists-in-Residence

Drew Kohler & Tiago Schmidt

Artists-in-Residence 2015-2016

Drew Kohler & Tiago Schmidt were artists-in-residence of Dr. Bullough's Cameron Street house from 2015-2016 and as the only residents that Dr. Bullough hosted long term, they inspired him to continue to host artists-in-residence through his eponymous foundation. While in residence, Drew and Tiago embarked on a tour of Ischia, Italy with Dr. Bullough, sampling the sites and discussing the local art and culture. Several of Drew's paintings, gifted to Dr. Bullough remain in the PBF's collection. 

Drew Kohler, Tiago Schmidt, Peter Bullough, and Robert