2014 Artist in Residence

Indie Grits kicked off its inaugural Artist-in-Residence program in 2014. At the heart of Indie Grits is an appreciation and respect for experimental and contemporary art. With this in mind, our goal is to find artists who want to jump in the mix and engage our community of musicians, filmmakers, chefs and festival-goers with installations, exhibitions and performances.


Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell  spent most of her time at Indie Grits working on her #wherethedesk project. For this project she set up a mobile desk which she wheeled around town and used as a base for conversation and created drawings and animations on a steno pad. The desk was well equipped, and included a printer/scanner, briefcase, computer and projector. After being published to the Indie Grits Twitter feed, the original drawings were given away to festival goers. During night events, she projected slideshows of the drawings as well as hand drawn animations.

“This piece was very typical of the work that I make in that it utilizes conversation, role-play, and humor, and entertains my inexplicable penchant for schlepping large objects around places they don’t belong.”- Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell

Here’s an interview with Amanda:



Reception and Artist Talk:Wednesday, April 16 from 6pm-8pm @the ONE Columbia Office
Date: Friday, April 11 – Sunday April 20
Place:  One Columbia Office, 1219 Taylor Street

One Columbia joined Indie Grits in bringing Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell to town as the first artist in residence for Indie Grits. Amanda visited us all the way from New Orleans, LA where she is an organizing member of the Antenna Gallery and organizer of the amazing 24-hour draw-a-thon. While working on her BFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Amanda swam across the Charles River and cooked eggs for her classmates. She also swam with sharks in the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans – inadvertently.

Amanda built her installation piece, SHTF, in the One Columbia Office on the corner of Taylor and Main. She also interacted with festival goers throughout the week in various locations and orchestrated surprise performances.