With a keen interest in self-policing behaviors exhibited in Western Society, Heather Van Winckle researches how the rules that structure normal cultural behavior are (re)produced and re(de)fined in our daily lives. Her work is project-based, site-specific and interdisciplinary. She studied sculpture at the University of Windsor and the San Francisco Art Institute.
Abigail G. H. Manzella writes creative nonfiction and has received scholarships and fellowships for places such as the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Arizona State University’s Institute for Humanities Research. Trained in both literary scholarship and creative writing, she has taught at the University of Missouri, Yeshiva University, Centre College, Tufts, and the University of Virginia. While at PlySpace, she will be working on her book project Burning Through History.
Linda Ryan is a choreographer, dancer, performance artist, and multimedia explorer. She seeks to test the boundaries of dance performance with unconventional costumes, tools, and technologies. She has created movement with velcro suits, wearable audio speakers, GoPro action cameras, and more. She holds a BA in Dance from the George Washington University's Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, where she received the Luther Rice Research Fellowship as well as the Enosinian Scholars Grant. She is an award-winning dance researcher, conducting movement research and experiential choreography both internationally and at home in the US.
Kacie Lyn Martinez is a participatory fiber artist who designs programs, installations, and experiences that reimagine inclusive, safe, and engaged communities. Kacie Lyn is interested in the ways shared visual and literary languages enable community healing and collective self-actualization, particularly through traditional and new fiber making. While in residency at PlySpace, she will work with several Muncie community organizations to collaboratively weave tapestries that make tangible a process of cathartic healing, community cohesion, and home-making.
Anthony Bowers is an artist and educator working across media in painting, sculpture, and installation. Originally from the midwest, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and has worked in Philadelphia teaching at Drexel University, University of the Arts, and Center for the Arts, while also working as a studio assistant on many large scale installation projects at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. Anthony holds a BFA in Painting from Indiana University. He has been a resident at the Wassaic Projects and the Golden Foundation Painting Residency and he is a curator/member of an artist-run project space, FJORD Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
Dave Rowe is a sculptor, educator, and fabricator. His work exists within the intersections of landscape, history, and the transitory spaces within the American psyche. It is informed by an aesthetic developed during a youth spent in the Midwestern United States, and a visual language developed building miniatures and models as a child. He is a 2011 recipient of an Efroymson Family Fund Fellowship, and a 2015 recipient of a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship. He has participated in numerous solo and group shows nationally, as well as participating in several residency programs. His work was included in the traveling show “Crafting a Continuum”, originating at Arizona State University. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Sculptural Practices at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and an MFA from Indiana University Bloomington.
Nick Witten holds an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Sculpture from Herron School of Art and Design. He is an Adjunct Instructor at Herron and works with Big Car Collaborative. Danielle Joy Graves holds a BFA in Illustration from Herron School of Art and Design. She recently completed a permanent installation piece for Big Car Collaborative and performs with Know No Stranger. Nick and Danielle work collaboratively with themes of character appropriation, branding, and other elements from pop culture and entertainment—arranging, distorting, and perversing these elements to create absurd alternate versions of reality. Together, they also run Sugar Space, a contemporary art gallery in Indianapolis. Their time spent with PlySpace resulted in the exhibition of new work at Kime Contemporary located on Indianapolis' east side.
Melissa Joy Livermore holds a BFA in Photography from The School of Art at Ball State University and has just returned to Indiana from a year-long residency with Transform Creative in Paris, France. While in residence at PlySpace, she explored her personal work that centers around language and communication. She also worked in collaboration with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra to continue of her project 'Deconstruction' where groups of people are be invited to engage in the process of taking apart a piece of untreated canvas, thread by thread, alongside a string quartet as part of the MSO's 4 by 4 at 4: Chamber Concert.