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


Paige Tibbe

Artist-in-Residence October-November 2021

Paige Tibbe 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. 

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Past Artists-in-Residence


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.

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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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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.