Spring Residency Jurors 

The May 2020 artist will be selected by the Home of the Brave founders, the current artist in residence Tiffany St. Bunny, and a panel of four jurors chosen by the board. 

Blythe Roberson

Blythe Roberson is a comedy writer and the author of the book HOW TO DATE MEN WHEN YOU HATE MEN. She has written for the New Yorker, The Onion, New York Magazine, and others, and has taught creative writing at Wesleyan University. She is a member of the sketch team Lo-Fi NYC and host of comedy shows Book Club and The Scientists, all at Union Hall in Brooklyn.

Randy Russell

Randy Russell is a writer and artist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fiction includes the book of stories, Nine Lies, and the upcoming novel, The Doughnuts. For the website, rspeen.com, he explores many passions, including memoir, tacos, fragrance, diners, lists, rice pudding, and recorded music. He is a frequent podcast guest. An upcoming project, Nowhere to Nowhere, is to focus on invisibly connected points in space and time along U.S. Route 6.

Jason Eppink

Jason Eppink is a curator, artist, experience designer, and prankster. He served as the Curator of Digital Media at the Museum of the Moving Image from 2006-2018 and helped lead art collective Flux Factory from 2011-2017. He currently designs escape rooms.

Previous Jurors 

Ariana Vaeth

Ariana Vaeth is a Baltimore raised artist focused on contemporary realism through the self-portrait.  Graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, she fulfilled an exchange program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Vaeth finished a studio based Artist in Residence program at her alma mater last spring. She has shown locally at the Portrait Society Gallery, the Charles Allis Museum, as well as in Chicago at Woman Made Gallery and the Museum of Science and Industry for ‘Black Creativity.’  Vaeth is a 2017 Mary L Nohl Fellow in the Emerging Artist category, leading to her first museum represented solo exhibition, “Close Contact,” at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art. In fall of 2018, Vaeth was selected as an inaugural cohort recipient of Fellowship.art, a visual arts grant modeled on Gener8tor’s nationally recognized entrepreneurial startups. Vaeth lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her work can be seen at Var West’s “MKE Influencers” opening April 6th.

Christina Ward

Christina Ward is an award-winning writer, editor, and Vice President of Feral House, an independent non-fiction publishing company. Christina’s 2019 publication, American Advertising Cookbooks-How Corporations Taught Us To Love, Spam, Bananas, and Jell-O has been touted as “essential” by the New York Times and “great read” by Milk Street Radio.  Her 2017 publication, Preservation-The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation and Dehydration has become the new go-to reference for food preservation beginners. She prides herself on having a hungry mind interested in learning about people, the foods they eat, and the stories that rise from that convergence.

Tim McNulty

Tim McNulty is a Chicago-based musician, composer and sound designer. After studying music at the State University of New York at Oneonta, Tim landed in Chicago in 2010, and has since worn many hats. He spent five years as a guitarist, vocalist and arranger with The Black Willoughbys, an old-time Americana band. He has also been working as a music director, composer and/or sound designer for dozens of theatrical productions in recent years, for companies all throughout Chicago, including Underscore Theatre, Filament Theatre and Silk Road Rising. Tim is currently one half of the duo Parlant Parlant, with DJ/Producer Bumbac Joe, and a member of instrumental band Gone Valley.