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Ten New Residents This Fall at the PBF

This fall, the Peter Bullough Foundation (PBF) will be hosting ten different artists-in-residence, the highest number they have hosted in a season. This is the second year that the foundation has conducted live-in artist residencies at 120 and 122 W Cork Street in downtown Winchester, Virginia.

Artists-in-residence stay at the PBF for one month at a time, working in private studios and enjoying the gardens and library and art collections of the late Dr. Peter Bullough. While in Winchester, artists have the opportunity to host a workshop, lecture, or participate in another type of event that enriches the Shenandoah Valley community. For more information on this season’s events or to enquire about ways to partner, please visit the PBF’s website.

The ten artists in residence this season include a musician, a playwright, two interdisciplinary artists, a poet, a self-taught paper cutter, two visual artists, and two photographers. Emerging artists and those whose work elevates the voices of underserved communities are especially encouraged to apply to the PBF’s residency program.

In August, singer and songwriter Sarah Magill will be joined by artist Janelle Washington and photographer Julia Forrest. Magill hails from the midwest and will be launching a mobile stage/studio to tour across the country following her residency. Washington, a cut paper artist, is about to publish her first book with writer Angela Joy, Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement. Forrest works as a teaching artist and both she and Washington will be sharing their skill sets in workshops while in residence.

In September, painter/illustrator Tom Manto will be joined by poet and fellow Virginian Sonya Lara and multimedia artist Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán. Manto, a recent RISD graduate, works across several mediums and jurors were drawn to his work with magical realism. Lara has a degree in Creative Writing and recently received her MFA in Poetry from Virginia Tech and was recently a runner-up in Shenandoah’s Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets. Bodhrán, in addition to being an artist, activist/organizer, and educator, is a National Endowment for the Arts fellow and has published several books of poetry and photography.

From left to right, top to bottom: Anna Abhau Elliott (credit: Grace Clark), Sarah Magill (credit: Chase Castor), Joey Massa, Tom Manto, Janelle Washington, Claudia Borfiga, Frances Bukovsky, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán (credit: Melissa Lukenbaugh & Tulsa Artist Fellowship), Sonya Lara, and Julia Forrest.


Frances Bukovsky, a documentary photographer, and Joey Massa, a playwright and intimacy coordinator, will arrive in October and hope to share their practices in different mediums with the local community. Bukovsky’s work focuses on the topics of selfhood, relationships, and medical experiences and their connection to chronic illness, disability, and queerness. Massa will be the first playwright hosted at the PBF and works in sexual violence education and survivor support.

Finally, in November, visual artist Claudia Borfiga will be joined by interdisciplinary artist Anna Abhau Elliott. Borfiga’s work has centered around nature and in the community as a teaching artist, helping community members explore trauma through art. Abhau Elliott’s work crosses the bounds of theatre, history, performance art, and comedy to explore storytelling.

To learn more about each of these artists, please visit our artists-in-residence page. For more information about the Peter Bullough Foundation or to sponsor or connect with an artist during their residency in Winchester, please contact


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