Artists In Residence
Nothing is more human or natural than the act of making, creating, and expressing. Each summer artists join us to be inspired and share inspiration. About half their time is spent with campers leading workshops, teaching skills, and living in community, the other half they spend focusing on their own work.
Interested in being a resident artist?
Sessions 3,4,5 & ArtsFest
“My work, both visual and written, comes from different parts of my experiences. I explore structures of the home and family, relationships or lack thereof, and growing up in Suburbia. I am a sister, an aunt, a performer, one half of a committed relationship, and a daughter. I frequently question these roles that I play and how they affect my life. Who’s responsibility will it be to take care of my aging parents, what does it mean to be an adult, how does my being a women affect all this? I’m very fascinated by domestic lifestyles, both embracing and resisting it. I work in mediums of poetry, video and performance.”
Ray Mahar - A Girl Named Genny
A Girl Named Genny is a based Rochester, NY folk americana band featuring, Zac Lijewski, Steve Burke, Brad Delano, Dylan Niver, Mike Wahl, and Ray Mahar. The band incorporates traditional folk instruments to produce a new sound that encompasses several genres and styles. Dynamic instrumentation and upbeat melodies drive this high energy americana band, however, breaking down sets to create intimate tender moments is always a promise.
"Zak hits many high notes (even literally-think Mariah Carey) and possesses a maniacal laugh that rivals Spongebob Squarepants' Plankton"-Entertainment Weekly
Kevin is a Lucille Lortel nominated actor/singer/comedian originally from Buffalo, NY. Since making NYC his full time home, Kevin has been an Off-Broadway favorite. He has performed off broadway shows including, SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, CLINTON THE MUSICAL and more. Regionally, Kevin has performed at the MUNY, Forrestburgh Playhouse, Blumenthal PAC, and most recently in the new musical DARLING GRENADINE at the Terris Theatre at Goodspeed Musicals.
Session 5, ArtsFest
Virginia Melnyk is an artist, architect, and designer working in Buffalo New York. Receiving her BS for the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Urban Planning, MArch from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and participated in a study abroad program at the Architectural Association in London. Her work focuses on the intersection between art and architecture with a hint of whimsy and playfulness. She has exhibited installations in Beijing, Toronto, Detroit, Flint, Boston and New Haven.
Jamison is the Chief Design Officer & Co-Founder at Updraft, a platform that support activists and movements in hopes of creating widespread change. He is also a professional designer and is interested in partnering with young people to help them enact change in their communities.
Jasmine Yeh is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase School of Art+Design. Through the lens of the immigrant American experience, they seek to parse and illuminate the complexities of cultural nomadism. They are currently exploring the space between heritage and self-determination, and negotiating the gaps between inherited Confucian values and indoctrinated Western ideals.
Session 5 & Artsfest
"My work is often influenced and inspired by relationships, either the relationships I am personally involved in, or the relationships I observe in others. I examine the connections between lovers, between artists, and between strangers. I work with the notions of transformation, of loss, of the effects of the passage of time, and the notion of artifacts. I try to highlight or expand upon my own struggles and questions concerning the nature of intimacy and the products of relationships."
Sessions 4,5 & Artsfest
As a former camp counselor, I am thrilled to be returning to a summer camp setting. Most of my artwork is inspired by nature, friendships, mental illness and childhood trauma. My work comes in the form of abstract drawings, digital illustrations, and stained glass. I love working with multiple medias to create something beautiful and fun, and I love creating for the sake of creating. I see art as a form of therapy and cannot wait to share art and ideas with other artists, campers, and counselors at Stomping Ground!
Sessions 2,3,4,5 & Artsfest
A writer and photographer. My work stems from a conscious effort to be present in the moment. I aim to seek out those things that are easily passed over if someone is not actively working to absorb their surroundings. I feel most connected to my work when I shoot at night. There is something about the darkness that quiets the distractions and allows light stand out. The quiet of the night is a catalyst for introspection and my work attempts to convey that powerful silence in a way that enables others to reflect and look within themselves to find the answers they seek. As German artist Max Beckmann once said, "Art is creative for the sake of realization, not for amusement: for transfiguration, not for the sake of play. It is the quest of our self that drives us along the eternal and never-ending journey we must all make.”
Brian Hathaway - Artist COORDINATOR
Sessions 1,2,3,4,5 & ArtsFest
Brian is an animator and illustrator based in Rochester New York. He is a former camp counselor, english as a second language teacher in South East Asia, and a born provocateur. Brian will not only work with kids and his own projects, but also welcome and coorindate with artists.
Chris is a woodworker whose art ranges from building houses and theatrical sets to hand carving intricate jewelry. He is originally from New York City, and recently lived in Colorado for a year with a group of super talented folks. In that community and the incredible landscape around him, he was inspired to find a creative outlet. Starting out small and teaching himself how to carve a spoon, he has since gone even smaller, carving tiny pieces of jewelry for friends and family. Chris now finds himself with the desire to learn more woodworking techniques and explore his style.
Steve, originally from the UK, is an artist specializing in digital photography. After completing an MA from The Royal College of Art in London, his photography career took him all over the globe. Now based in Philadelphia he shoots commercial work for corporations and mentors young image makers. He’s looking forward to connecting and collaborating with fellow artists this summer.
"Today’s young person does not have to look far to find conflict or polarization in their community. Yet, despite these role models, it is young people who remain optimistic, idealistic and eager to work with others. Through collaborative music and expression, I will help young people to realize that they are the best equipped to be role models to others, and that they can set the example for more unified communities. And as a former camp director, there is no better community lead the way than camp!"