Heather Whittlesey is a midwest based mixed media artist that addresses existing cultural tensions about class, gender, sexuality, and race. She received her BA from Central College in Pella, Iowa and her MFA from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Her installations employ tension as an environment to build scenes of excitement and question. She multiples simple ideas to create a large and expansive impact on the space surrounding and occupying the work. Materials that make a routine appearance in her work includes string, paper, and plastic.
Elliot Thompson has been researching music for almost two decades. He specializes in collecting rare and underground electronic compositions. For six years he has been DJing locally as Poetoaster.
Austin Stewart is an American artist who grew up on the outskirts of Des Moines, Iowa. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from The Ohio State University. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Integrated Studio Arts and Sustainable Environments programs at Iowa State University.
In the decade between his BFA and MFA he worked a range of jobs from farm hand, to cook, to carpenter, to hacky sack importer, to research and development manager for a tech startup in Silicon Valley before operating a design firm specializing in steel and electronics fabrication.
In 2007 Austin embarked on a walking pilgrimage along the Mississippi River with a Buddhist monk, living on the generosity of others. This experience fundamentally changed his understanding of the world and his art practice. He became less concerned with art objects and more interested in how he could use those objects to share the experience of creative insight. He determined to make physically and conceptually accessible artwork that offers the audience an opportunity to step out of their daily routines, engage with the work, and reflect on social issues.
Kristin M. Roach was born in Rock Island, Illinois in 1983. She completed her BFA at Northern Illinois University in painting with a minor in art history in 2008. Roach constructs her work using scientific data and cast-off materials. Her site-specific installations use contemporary technologies to create an immersive environment of sculpture, light, and sound that explore themes of decay and restoration. Roach's art and zines are internationally exhibited and collected and her book, Mend it Better, has been published worldwide. She currently lives and works in Ames, Iowa.
Lyndsay Nissen is a multimedia installation/performance artist who lives and works in Ames, IA. She is currently a master's student at Iowa State University in the Integrated Visual Arts Department. Her works deals with the psychological and physical impacts of creating and collecting of objects. Nissen is on the board of Ames Collaborative Art, a small group dedicated to the expansion of art in Ames. She is also the owner of Prairie Bloom Farm, an 80-acre experimental organic farm. Recently she has participated in facilitating events in Ames such as, Aphasia: Paintings by Dr. Steven Nissen, Pop-Up Ames!, and Mimetia.
Jeff Miller was born in a pizza. He currently attends the Iowa State University MFA program and constantly bugs his professors with goofy project ideas. His artwork uses woodcut prints and installation to explore the forces of ambition against faceless labor, but it's kinda of a bummer so I won't recommend it. When not doing goofy art things, he's most likely mocking shlock horror movies.
Beth Kemp is the owner of Elizabella Flower Farm in Neveda, Iowa. She experiments with natural materials and interactive works. She also MC's local events in the Ames area including pub quizzes, Bar Top Burlesque, and Jam Night.
Dan Kemp is a local artisan with a career in creating jewelry. Metal work and innovation with recycled materials are his focus. Kemp is active in the Ames community, hosting Sunday Community Brunch and Jam Night.
Alexis Dwyer is a printmaker, painter, land artist and art educator currently working towards her MFA in Integrated Studio Arts at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Her prints have been exhibited nationally in group and juried exhibitions as well as internationally in Hong Kong. In 2015 Alexis received the Focus: Artist Grant Award from Iowa State University. She also participates in collaborative projects and art festivals. Her work centers around experiences in nature and how they reflect on the human psyche.
Tiberiu Chelcea takes elements and processes of traditional printmaking and combines them with parts and operations of digital technologies. His work demonstrates unexpected correlations between old and new technologies and issues of consumption, serial design, automated vs labor-intensive processes, are brought to the fore. Mr. Chelcea was born in Romania and came to United States to pursue a PhD in Computer Science. He has received several awards, fellowships and patents in the field of electronic and digital design, which continues to be a major source of inspiration for his art.
Alex Braidwood is a sound artist, media designer and design educator who maintains a practice centered around a process of play, experimentation and research through making. Alex's current work explores listening in connection with ideas of place, noise and naturesound. Along with being Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Alex is also faculty in the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and the Masters of Design in Sustainable Environments (MDesSE) Graduate Programs at Iowa State University.