Below, you'll find our current artist-in-residence. For the most recent information, please check out our Instagram or Facebook pages! You can find our alumni artists-in-residence here

Janelle Washington

Artist-in-Residence August-September 2022

Janelle Washington is a self-taught paper-cut artist from Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Fashion Design and found interest in paper cutting afterward. Through the simplicity of paper, Janelle creates images that showcase African Americans' courage, achievements, and grace in difficult situations.

Her work explores Black culture, history, identity, family, and feminine beauty themes. She has commissioned silhouettes housed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and art installations at the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. In addition, Janelle's silhouettes have been published in the Oprah magazine, September 2020 issue for the #SayHerName campaign featuring Breonna Taylor. She was also interviewed and featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper by the 2021 Pulitzer Prize Winner, Micheal Paul Williams. Janelle's first illustrated book, written by author Angela Joy, will come out in Fall 2022. Janelle is a member of The Guild of American Papercutters, Artist/Scholars of Color Collective, Art Impact USA, Inc., and Ikouii.


Sarah Magill

Artist-in-Residence August-September 2022

Songwriter Sarah Magill is a nomadic introvert who makes music for feelers as Quiet Takes. Pairing understated lyricism with “melan-happy” melodies, Magill plumbs idiosyncratic inner narratives for points of wider emotional connection. A writer and wanderer, Magill is currently establishing a nomadic creative practice, building a mobile stage/studio, and recording her first full-length album in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, this summer.

Photo Credit: Chase Castor

Julia Forrest

Artist-in-Residence August-September 2022

Julia Forrest is a Brooklyn based artist. She works strictly in film and prints in a darkroom she built within her apartment. Her own art has always been her top priority in life and in this digital world, she will continue to work with old processing. Anything can simply be done in photoshop, she prefers to take the camera, a tool of showing reality, and experiment with what she can do in front of the lens.


Julia is currently working as a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Museum, Abrons Art Center, and USDAN Center. As an instructor, she thinks it is important to understand that a person can constantly stretch and push the boundaries of their ideas with whatever medium of art s/he chooses. Her goal is for her audience to not only enjoy learning about photography, but to see the world in an entirely new way and continue to develop a future interest in the arts.


Sonya Lara

Artist-in-Residence September-October 2022

Sonya Lara is a biracial Mexican American writer. She received her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MFA in Poetry from Virginia Tech. Currently, she is the Poetry Editor for Minerva Rising and an Editor-at-Large for Cleaver Magazine. Previously, she was the Managing Editor for The New River, the Managing Editor of the minnesota review, and an Associate Fiction Editor for The Madison Review. Additionally, she has served as a juror for contests, such as the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She was accepted for the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop with Leila Chatti, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, the Hambidge Creative Residency Program, and the Peter Bullough Foundation Residency, and was shortlisted for The Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award and runner-up in Shenandoah’s Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets. Her work appeared or is forthcoming in X-R-A-Y Lit, Shenandoah, Ninth Letter, AGNI, The Los Angeles Review, The Acentos Review, and elsewhere.

Tom Manto

Artist-in-Residence September-October 2022

Tom Manto is a painter and illustrator from Charlottesville, Virginia. He graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2022. Manto's work spans several disciplines, notably drawing, painting, watercolor, bookbinding, digital art, and animation. Through these mediums he constructs imagined narratives rich in magical realism which highlight the necessity of imagination when envisioning a better world.


Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán

Artist-in-Residence September-October 2022

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is a multimedia artist, activist/organizer, critic, and educator. A Tulsa Artist Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, and Movement Research Artists of Color Council Core Member, he creates multimedia movement work with Indigenous, womanist, and queer/trans people of color communities. Bodhrán is the author of the poetry/photography collections, Archipiélagos; Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking; and South Bronx Breathing Lessons. He is editor of the international queer Indigenous issue of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought; and co-editor of the Native dance, movement, and performance issue of Movement Research Performance Journal. His visual art is exhibited in New York, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. His films have been shared in the U.S. and Australia. Co-founder of the world’s first transgender film festival, now known as the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, Bodhrán organized the first transgender people of color panel at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference & Bookfair and the world’s first transgender Arab roundtable dialogue for Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Art Journal. He has received scholarships/fellowships from CantoMundo, Macondo, the Radius of Arab American Writers, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, and Lambda Literary.

Photo Credit:Melissa Lukenbaugh & Tulsa Artist Fellowship

Joey Massa

Artist-in-Residence October-November 2022

Joey Massa (they/them) is a Brooklyn-based writer and intimacy coordinator. Their work has appeared at Symphony Space, Playwrights Downtown, the Providence Fringe Festival and Brown University, where they studied playwriting under Erik Ehn, Lisa D’Amour and Elmo Terry-Morgan. 

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Frances Bukovsky

Artist-in-Residence October-November 2022

Frances Bukovsky (b. 1996, they/her) is a fine art documentary photographer thinking about chronic illness, disability, and queerness as these topics relate to selfhood, relationships, and medical experiences. They utilize self portraiture, documentary style photography, and alternative process prints to approach their dynamic and fluid experience of both illness and gender identity. 

In 2018, Bukovsky earned a BFA with Honors in Photography and Imaging from Ringling College of Art and Design. Since then, they have published their debut monograph, Vessel (2020), with Fifth Wheel Press, and have been published internationally for their work about chronic illness. Besides their personal art practice, Bukovsky participates in community building through photography as a member of Kinship Photography Collective.

Bukovsky works as a photographer, social media manager, and disability respite care provider. They have a deep rooted interest in the history and practice of medicine, from historical traditions of healing, to modern practices. When they aren’t making photographs, they can be found reading any book that catches their eye, wandering around the woods someplace, or spending time with their cat Edgar.

Anna Abhau Elliott

Artist-in-Residence November-December 2022

Anna Abhau Elliott (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist. She uses techniques of theatre, history, performance art, and comedy to explore how Americans tell each other stories. 


Anna has an MFA in Studio Art from UNC-Greensboro and a BFA in Drama from New York University. She has performed in theaters, museums, art festivals, films, videos, and bars all over the country. She is especially proud of two collaborative works: “Barter Boat” and “Untitled Reconstruction Project.” Currently, Anna is researching the culture and historiography of women in American decorative arts. She is also fascinated by the cultural impact of Keanu Reeves, and would love to talk to you about this.

Photo Credit: Grace Clark


Claudia Borfiga

Artist-in-Residence November-December 2022

Claudia Borfiga (she/her) is a visual artist, compelled to capture the wonders of the natural world, primarily through the medium of screen print. Supplementing printmaking with plenty of making and learning, such as playing with clay, textiles, and growing her own produce, helps to breathe fresh perspectives into her practice. Her work celebrates the treasures found in natural environments, and in creating them she hopes to foster a deeper appreciation for it. As a teaching artist, Claudia uses screen print workshops as a wide-ranging platform to foster community and for the simple joy of getting other people's hands messy. In Spring 2018, she initiated a group called Print Power to host grant-funded workshops in collaboration with local non-profits, as an alternative means to explore trauma. This has been a catalyst for other community-centred projects, such as a neighbourhood harvest that used interactive maps; collaborative volunteer painting for a public mural celebrating Earth Day; and crowd-sourced ideas for an exhibition playing with the way we view sadness. Claudia has a BFA in Textiles Design from Loughborough University. She left the UK for California in 2017, and currently resides in Colorado.