Abbey Chambers

Abbey Chambers is a PhD student in the American studies program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is applying her formal training as an art historian and her professional training as an advisor, organizer, and administrator to her research on economic development by looking at how residents in redeveloping communities respond to visual changes in their neighborhood areas and then form perceptions about themselves and their communities based on those responses. Previously, Chambers has worked as an academic and career advisor at Herron School of Art and Design, an administrator and organizer at the Wheeler Arts Community, and president of the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA). While president of IDADA, she led a team of volunteers and artists who launched a large-scale interactive art installation exhibition during the 2012 Super Bowl in downtown Indianapolis. This was one of the coolest, most challenging public efforts Chambers has had the honor of being involved with. Chambers holds a BS in art history from Kendall College of Art and Design and an MA in art history from Indiana University.