Past Resident

Andrew Norris

Andrew Norris is an artist based in Johnson City, TN. He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BFA concentrating in painting. Working with a filtered version of traditional oil painting techniques, Andrew explores gender and masculinity roles cultivated in the south and Appalachian Mountains.

Past Resident

Brooke Long

Brooke Long  graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in May 2016. She uses simple methods to fragment, arrange, construct, and abstract architectural space. The use of transitional shifts  evoke ambiguity within the spaces. She creates the illusion of continuously changing environments using lines, geometric forms, and a quirky color palette.

She has had solo shows in Williamsport at the Community Arts Center College Town Gallery, Alabaster Coffee Shop and Lycoming College Snowden Gallery. Art and literary publications include the Lycoming College Tributary.

Long’s work has been displayed in a group exhibition at Greenpoint Gallery in the Bronx, ArtBar Gallery in Kingston, NY, and was part of a collaboration piece in the Bronx at Wavehill.

She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in painting and sculpture at  Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in May 2014.

Past Resident

William Eli Elkin

A mixed-media artist from Miami, Florida who works with idea of the reappropriation of materials and experiences through the use of a variety of items including found objects, oil and acrylic paint, drawing materials and anything available to the artist.  

The following is stated by William:

I have a wide scope set on the functions of art.  I want to stand in my studio, free of want and stress, yet filled with need for expression.  The need is to create life with my own two hands.  Each artwork is birthed siting the miracle of its own creation.  Each artwork is made in an arena for action.

When describing who I am as an artist in words, I tend to draw a smaller framework than the one I actually fit into.  I started as a painter and draftsman, however several of my pieces are not paintings or drawings.  I make many sculptures and paintings, but I never group them in such categories.  These works are my expressions.  Limiting them to categories would hinder their meaning and their reach.  What is truly different between a sculpture and a painting?  Do they not exist as layers of a whole, formed together by the artist? 

I use several different mediums including wood, acrylic paint, oil paint, charcoal, graphite and mixed media.  I have used many found objects, as both surfaces and application tools, including: leather bags, shoes, wood scraps, assorted tools, paintings, chocolate and strawberry syrup and wood shavings (among many more materials).

Making artwork is a lot like solving a puzzle.  Every piece goes somewhere to make sense of the overall image.  Plug each piece in to see if it will fit until you find the right one.  However, I find my puzzle pieces when my life’s journey leads to them.  I hope to never be cast aside and forgotten.  This philosophy carries on into my work rescuing found objects and incorporating them into artworks surrounding my life’s journey.  These items are abandoned and seen as trash, but they are items of rugged beauty.  They rise to relay my various experiences to the public, whether it be leaving home, growing up, or including the viewer in my inner-dialogue of worry and resentment.  These objects fit specific areas; I just have to find out which ones go where. These rescues are created using the various found objects, wood, mixed media, oil and acrylic paint.  The found object is not limited to the presentation, but also has a hand in the process.  The mediums are applied with hands, feet, sticks, and anything else I can find to make the intended mark.  These pieces exist in “the gap between art and life,” and they do not merely exist on the wall, but instead they include the places they have been in conjunction with the places I have been.  There are no “scraps” in this world, only abandoned potential.  Anything can be art if only called such. 

The notion of what is ideal and what is right for a piece is determined through the hands of the human artist and if he/she is to err then that is proved true in the nature of being.

Past Resident

Patrick Shaffer

Patrick Shaffer was Missouri born and New Mexico raised. He grew interested in drawing from a very early age-an interest that continued into university, where he received a Bachelors of Fine Art degree. He has taught at the Museum of Art in Las Cruces New Mexico since 2012.Patrick is currently pursuing an MFA at NMSU in painting. Patrick Has had his work published and exhibited all throughout the southwest and has his work in many private and public collections. Patrick’s Primary focus is in Acrylic painting, installation, and ceramics.His aim is to create expressive fields that reflect contemporary debased excess.

Past Resident

Oluwatobi Adewumi

Born in Ibadan, the Capital city of Oyo State, Tobi Adewumi is one of the most sought-after visual artist in Nigeria. Locally known for creating original, exclusive and profitable artworks and craft, Tobi emerged in the wake of the influence of art masters around the world.

A Computer Science graduate, Tobi's foray into the arts started at childhood with comics and paper crafts which later developed into drawings and paintings. As an acclaimed self-taught artist, he now works in virtually all traditional art media and contemporary mixed media and he's the creative director of otobi artworld since 2012. His artworks have been exhibited in several locations around the world and they are currently on display in several homes, offices and galleries around the world.


Past selected exhibitions/competitions:

NCf/cocacola art competition lagos 1999
Nachifest art festival,abj 2000.
Aarc art competition/exhibition,lagos 2001
Henboug art competition/exhibition lagos 2000
African art foundation,lagos.2009/2010
Unesco digital art 2004.
Aarc art competition/exhibition 2004
Spanish art competition/exhibition.abuja 2010
Obasanjo art competition/exhibition 2011
Interview on moments with Mo.2011
alliance francaise photography competition,paris france. 2011/2014.
Photography exhibition,ibadan/lagos.2012
Photography exhibition in Ethopia,2012
Commission photography for british american tobacco nigeria"ibadan"2013
Interview on ibadan/mid morning show.2012
Solo exhibition,possibility.dec 2013
World art day.oyo state 2013
Art fair dubai 2013.
Photography competition in paris 2014
Art training for kids,ibadan 2014.
AAF annual competition 2014.
Spanish art competition,abuja 2014.
Crossing borders,chicago.2014.grp exh
Art exhchange programme conjunction creative connections CT, U.S.A 2014/2015
Spanish embassy art competition and exhibition Abuja 2015
Limcaf art competition/exhibition 2015
Numerous art competitions/workshops and commissions