Meet the 2017 Fall Resident Artists!

Leander Knust was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. His sculptural works invite us to question relationships to the material, biological, and technological world while remaining honest to their personal histories. Leander is a co-founder of Fat City Arts, a non-profit, community driven project space and venue located in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. His bands perform regularly, and there is always something underway. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute in 2015.


Stacey Gillian Abe graduated with a BA Hons in Art and Industrial Design from Kyambogo University Kampala, Uganda 2013. Her work deals with the relationship between the realm of man and the realm of spirit. Her creations integrate these two realms and investigate how these spheres of influence form our individual identities. Abe has shown in many exhibition venues; in each location she uses objects to create imagined spaces that bring her concepts of spirit and identity to life.  Abe holds a certificate in Cultural Leadership- Arterial Network, Goethe Institute (2015).  She is a receiver of the new talent award (2nd place) - the boda boda project KLAART 014 and a Prince Claus fund award (2016). She was nominated for an artist in residency fund program for African artists through Africa Centre 2016/2017 and also listed among the young provocative African artists to watch in the continent- featured in ‘This is Africa’ and ‘’ (2016).

Hannah Smith is a prospective BFA student at Xavier University (May, 2017) studying sculpture and printmaking. Using both two- and three-dimensional processes and materials she pushes beyond the confines of traditional practices to achieve conceptual integrity. She is currently completing her solo thesis show for her BFA degree. The exhibition, entitled, OUTCRY (He Hates it When I Mumble), will be a mixed media exploration of the contemporary female identity. In the coming years, she will be pursuing an MFA in printmaking and sculpture with the ultimate goal being to pursue a career as a professor in the arts. Meanwhile, she is building her skill set and field experience through residency and internships at the Governor’s School for the Arts, Contemporary Arts Center, and Penland School of Arts and Craft. 


Rachel Sandle's ceramic sculpture straddles the line between purity and corruption; her textured and perforated forms evoke the human body and the passage of time. Sandle was born in Lewisville, Texas. She moved from Texas to Lawrence, Kansas in 2014 to study ceramics and graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Visual Art in 2017. Sandle spent much of her early life balancing competing interests in science and art; she was drawn to the ceramic process as an opportunity for not only creative expression but also structural and chemical exploration. Her art has been shown at the Kansas Union Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas, and the Brookhaven College Gallery in Carrolton, Texas, and her writing has been published in Prairie Margins Magazine and Kiosk Magazine. She currently lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas. 

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