About

My works emerged from an ongoing investigation of the Northern Colorado wildfires. I am continually perplexed by the destructive properties of wildfire, while also battling the idea of the preservation and ephemerality of nature. I have grown up knowing our relationship with the land is symbiotic and stewardship is a vital component.

The Cameron Peak Wildfire in The Roosevelt National Forest of Colorado burned over 200,000 acres in the fall of 2020. A place rife with trails, wildlife, and woodlands has been transformed into charcoal wastelands. The burn scar demonstrates the history of fire suppression of our public lands over the last century. Protecting the land has taken on new meaning by allowing forests to burn so new growth can thrive. Since westward expansion wildfire has been depicted as an enemy, but should be considered a tool for renewal. 

My ceramics, prints, and paintings accentuate the necessity of wildfire to dissolve old perspectives in a modern age.

Biography

Russell Brausch is an artist who focuses his work around the relationship between humans and nature. Brausch is currently attending Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and minoring in Art History. 

Russell was raised in the southern coast of Maine and the front range of Colorado. He is an avid outdoorsman spending time hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and backpacking in the Rocky Mountains. Living in these places has forged a passion for conservation and capturing the natural world in various forms. 

Russell has been represented in the Blue Moose Art Gallery in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2018 where he teaches painting, printmaking, and drawing classes.. In 2019, Russell was awarded the competitive, merit-based Scheerer Scholars in the Arts Fellowship, which recognizes student achievement in Art and Social Justice. Brausch’s work has been exhibited at the 2020 and 2021 Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art’s annual undergraduate juried exhibition. This summer he received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship grant from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at Creighton University which funded the research of the Cameron Peak Wildfire.

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Education

  • 2018-2022
    • Creighton University, Bachelor of Fine Arts (expected 2022)
  • 2018
    • Diploma, Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, Colorado

Fellowships/Awards

  • 2019
    • Scheerer Scholars in the Arts Fellowship

Exhibitions

  • 2020
    • Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art Undergraduate Juried Exhibition
      • (exhibition cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • 2021
    • Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art Undergraduate Juried Exhibition
      • March 15 – June 5 2021
    • Star Deli Gallery, Benson, Omaha, Nebraska
      • “Wildfire” October 1st – November 3rd, 2021

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