Artlink Staff Highlight

 

Artlink is dedicated to hiring staff who are passionate about the arts and serving the Fort Wayne community. We invite you to learn more about our wonderful team. Read below and get to know a bit about Matt!

What role do you play at Artlink? 

I am the Executive Director

What do you like best about your job?

Getting to see the force for good art and the people behind it can be...that's incredible.

If you have an artistic practice, what is it?

I write and illustrate.  

What is one little known fact (that you would like to share) about yourself?

When I was in college and writing for the student newspaper, I interviewed a teenage "christian" folksinger who 5 years later would become Katy Perry. Very weird. 

What's your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?

Sleep or read.

What are three things you can't live without?

Books/stories, coffee and a sketchbook.

What have you accomplished that you are most proud of?

You'll find out soon enough. 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time and why?

What's spare time?

Who's your favorite artist and why?

I have no single favorite. But I'm inspired by James Jean, Maurice Sendak and animator Tomm Moore. 

Why does art matter to you?

Art is communication that transends the barriers of language. Art and story are the two things that connect us all in one form or another. 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

"You only lose when you stop trying..." i.e. never give up because those who keep at it are most likely to succeed. 

Why I Create: Danielle Graves

From zines to soft sculpture to plush paintings, Indianapolis based artist Danielle Graves works with a range of mediums to explore femininity. Endlessly repurposing imagery and recycling materials, she develops and invites you into a world of her own creation. Find her work on her website at daniellejoygraves.com and on Instagram @daniellejoygraves.

Why I Create: Jeremy McFarren

Jeremy McFarren writes stories and draws pictures. Mostly, the pictures are for his kids or for himself. But he also likes sharing them. You can read his ongoing story The Cauldron in the Back Cabinet at http://thecauldroninthebackcabinet.tumblr.com/ and another story called The Long Assignment at http://nowhitepicket.blogspot.com/p/comics.html. When he’s not writing stories he’s the Fine Arts Department Chair at Carroll High School, teaching Art and Design.

Why I Create: Elizabeth Mikautadze

Elizabeth Mikautadze is the founder of Mikautadze Dance Theatre. Her choreographic process moves towards building emotional, magical, exploratory, and dramatic imagery by combining artistic elements, often through collaboration with other artists.

Elizabeth Mikautadze earned her BFA in dance performance from The Boston Conservatory. Prior to graduating, she trained at The Hungarian State Ballet School and at The Milwaukee Ballet. While residing in New York City, she trained extensively at The Martha Graham Dance Center and Alvin Ailey Dance Center and she danced professionally with Mereminne Dancers and Buglisi/ Foreman Dance Company. Elizabeth moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana and began pursuing her dream of directing a dance company, Mikautadze Dance Theatre(MDT), founded in 2008. MDT has performed as guest artists in IPFW’s Purely Dance and in numerous other productions in the Fort Wayne area. Elizabeth is passionate about teaching dance and developing choreography at IPFW, at The Fort Wayne Dance Collective, within Mikautadze Dance Theatre, and while serving as a guest artist.

Why I Create: Morgan Bogart

Morgan Bogart recently moved to Fort Wayne from Austin, Texas. In Austin, Bogart had her own glass studio, Glass Blowing Austin, where she specialized in commission work and providing glass classes to the community. Bogart received her BFA in glass art from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts in 2002. She went on to work in production studios in New Orleans and Seattle. Currently, Bogart resides in Fort Wayne and works as apart of the Artlink team! 

Why I Create: Nate Utesch

Nate Utesch is a designer residing in Fort Wayne, IN.

Metavari is the stage name of Indiana-based electronic musician and graphic artist, Nate Utesch. Metavari's music is the intersection of nostalgic electronics, ambient soundscapes and off-kilter pop music. 

Utesch is also publisher of the art and fiction zine, Ferocious Quarterly, and as one half of the Secretly Group art department has designed packaging for numerous bands including Suuns, Foxygen, Gardens & Villa, Julianna Barwick, Tim Heidecker and Small Black.

See more of his work at http://nthnl.com/.

Why I Create: Andrew Dubach

Andrew Dubach creates work with a strong emphasis on instinctual processes and is primarily dictated by spontaneity, with extensive planning being limited to keep the paintings and sculptures in a continuous state of alteration. The works are constantly tweaked and edited where influential elements of media and news are added indiscriminately.

Why I Create: Ashley Beatty

Ashley Beatty received her BFA in 2006 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This fall, Beatty will begin her MFA studies in Detroit, MI at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Beatty was a member of the art movement in Las Vegas at the Art factory from 2011-2013. Being a part of the Vegas art scene transformed Beatty’s artwork from a degree of experimental process into a clear thoughtful execution bringing out multiple bodies of work. Today, she works with her surroundings to create formulas and formats propelling her artwork into a visual succession of critical conversation.

Beatty's work has been written about in the Fort Wayne Reader, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, What's Up newsletter, and the Las Vegas Reader. Solo Exhibition venues include Cowboy Gallery, Las Vegas, NV, Old Crown Coffee House, Fort Wayne, IN, and Dash-In, Fort Wayne, IN. Group exhibition highlights include underwater manipulations 1-4 at Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Il, Denmark Skulls, at Las Vegas Country Saloon and Gallery, Las Vegas, NV, Fire Jelly at Gypsy Den, Las Vegas, NV, Skirt #1 at the Fort Wayne Art Museum, Fort Wayne, IN, Bottle & Photo sculpture, Labyrinth Wall, Doll Face at Wunderkammer Company, Fort Wayne, IN, Patrick's View at the Louvre, Paris, France.