Meet The 2017 Summer Residents!

Greetings friends & family of SAW,

This week we are welcoming our first group of artists for the summer. Here is a look into the crew and their work!

Emerging Artists

Michael Scupholm has always had an affinity for the arts. He discovered glass as an artistic medium in 2012 and began pursuing a degree in the medium. In 2015 Michael was selected as one of seven apprentices to help construct a mobile glass blowing studio under the guidance of James Harmon at Keystone College in La Plume, Pennsylvania. In 2017 he earned his B.F.A. in Crafts with a concentration in glass from Kent State University. In his work, Michael finds inspiration and an inherent sense of familiarity in antiquated and outmoded objects. Michael’s sculptures explore the fragility of our recollection through ghostly images and perceptions of the past and what has been through these items. 

Brianne Nelson is a sculptor from Northwest Kansas, she received a BFA from Fort Hays State University studying under Tobias Flores.  Nelson currently resides in Rochester, New York as an MFA Candidate at Rochester Institute of Technology studying under Elizabeth Kronfield and Matthew Wicker. Nelson’s thesis work was based heavily on process as well as underlying emotions and events that are reflected upon during the monotony of building a sand mold.  Her portfolio consists mainly of cast iron, however, she also enjoys working in glass, steel, wax, wool, and other traditional and non-traditional media.

Adam Ting grew up in Groton, Massachusetts and in 2016 received his BA in Biology from Colorado College.  He has been making pots for eight years and most recently took the spring concentration in clay at Penland School of Crafts.  At the moment he is focused on developing an understanding and relationship with the wood fired surface.  The involved process of wood firing allows him more variables to experiment with but also gives him the freedom to step back from his work and let the fire do its dance.  He is excited to be the ceramic Emerging Artist at SAW and looks forward to developing and expanding his work. 

Intern Artists

Sam Rathbun grew up on a farm in the Finger Lakes and recently graduated with a BFA in painting and drawing from SUNY New Paltz. Her work explores the relationship between the land, its structures, and the people of Upstate New York.  Because space is an integral component in realizing these connections, her work often becomes an exercise in filling areas with objects and light. She generally works with water media, but has expanded into installation and looks forward to the prospect of experimenting with ceramics and sculpture. Her work has been shown in the Museum of New York, in Governor Cuomo’s Office in Washington DC, and throughout Syracuse, Rochester, and New Paltz. 


Max Baynes is a sculptor from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is receiving his BFA in May from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has cultivated a deep interest in the process of creating steel sculpture while at school. Having grown up on a land full of materials from torn-down buildings, Max has always been interested in constructing from found objects. He has found a rhythm out of these interests within the medium of steel. Max’s work explores the movement and relationship between exciting forms. It is founded upon a fascination with steel’s unique ability to maintain strength and durability, which allows it to be rendered light and poetic. His pursuits with this medium are of a musical nature, tapping into vibrations of steel through line work and frenetic quality of movement. He aims to develop these skills further while also expanding them into other mediums.

James Clemmons is printmaker living and working in Greensboro, North Carolina. His work is centered on the deconstruction and inquiry of symbols and language. These symbols are inherent in all language forms have their own deep-seated histories and etymology. Clemmons believes that the words and phrases we throw around back and forth are living entities that are constantly undergoing specific metamorphoses. Every time a word is used to express meaning, the rhetoric of that text is developed further.  By working with these words and symbols Clemmons’ narrative becomes part of their history.  In this way Clemmons not only finds personal meanings and understanding within these words and symbols that are often overlooked, but to adds to their rich history and lived experience.

Claire Fichman is an artist from Boston MA who is currently attending MassArt. She is pursuing a BFA in sculpture and is expecting to graduate in May of 2018. Claire found her love of creating as a child when her mother got her a jewelry kit, which included a small anvil, hammer, and pair of pliers. She got involved in ceramics, painting and drawing as well as multi medium 3-D work in high school. Once she came to MassArt, her tastes quickly evolved into a love of foundry and has been working in cast metal ever since. Claire works primarily in cast iron, bronze, and found objects, as well as welding/ fabrication, woodworking, and jewelry. She also is involved in iron performance pours and is an active member of the Iron Corps, a student group devoted to contemporary cast iron. Her work tends to give the feeling of being invasive in a space with work growing out of the walls.

Aaron Glasser is an experimental filmmaker and photographer whose academic work in philosophy and cognitive science has largely influenced his work.  One of his primary interests is in the relationship between sensation and narrative, in other words, stimulus and perception.  Mediums used are film, digital, and sound -- while maintaining an openness to different mediums if and when they fit the project at hand.  The medium used is important to him as it stands as the vehicle for a sensation to be articulated or understood as a narrative.  Thus, manipulation of the medium through post production -- be it physical or digital -- becomes prevalent in his work.  Born and raised in Southern California, Aaron has called upstate New York his home for the last four years.

Sandra Liu is an artist born in San Diego and raised in the Bay Area. Originally studying science, Sandra attended Carnegie Mellon University for two years before transferring to the Maryland Institute College of Art to pursue painting and animation. She is currently seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a Concentration in Stop-motion Animation. She is interested in exploring human relationships and the anxieties of growing up in contemporary society, especially from the viewpoint of those marginalized by it. Through painting, Sandra uses bold colors and unusual subjects to evoke an existential paranoia.

Junnan Lyu is from Tianjin, China and recently graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a B.A. in Studio Art with a focus in sculpture and photography. He is very interested in using his sculpture to create narratives within his photography. Much of his work aims to respond to certain social issues, such as unseen labor, and speaks for oppressed voices that may not otherwise be heard. Foreign workers, students, and Chinese citizens studying, living, and working abroad are the protagonists in his work. During the time at SAW, he is interested in further exploring the possibility of the interaction between sculpture and photography.

Colin Frank is a Canadian percussionist, composer, and electronic musician born in Ottawa. Trained orchestrally, but influenced by a variety of genres, Colin specializes in contemporary music. A double major music graduate from McGill University (CAN), and having studied electronic music at the Institute of Sonology (NL), Colin has performed notably with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Sonology Electroacoustic Ensemble, the McGill Percussion Ensemble, and the McGill Symphony Orchestra. His compositions have been presented internationally at various locations. As a scholar, Colin is interested in interpreting graphic notation, human extension through technology, Canadian history and culture, and multimedia's performance practice. He recently has been searching for alternative performance venues to bring avant-garde art to a wider audience. Aside from music, Colin enjoys cycling, camping, traveling, and good home cooking.