Matt is an illustrator, creative director, creative arts advocate, and avid coffee drinker. He returns to Fort Wayne from Columbus, Ohio, where he co-founded and directed the cartoon arts organization The Sequentialist, whose mission is to tell the diverse human stories that make up Columbus and its surrounding neighborhoods through cartoon art. Using illustrated interviews, oral histories, and true stories told live, the Sequentialist team of illustrators and editors produce visually stunning stories highlighting the diverse human experiences of Columbus residents, touching on themes such as poverty, inequality, friendship, and the nuances of hope.
Prior to this, Matt spent seven years in Fort Wayne working as an administrator and media advisor for The Communicator at IPFW, as well as working in art education focusing on illustration and narrative art. Additionally, Matt is a writer and illustrator under the pseudonym Thelonious Grimm, where he produces illustrations and short fiction for children.
Suzanne has been warmly greeting Artlink guests since the early 90’s. Born and raised in Michigan, she moved to Fort Wayne in 1991 and joined Artlink immediately (back at the Broadway location) and served on the Artist Panel and has been hanging out ever since. She graduated from the Center for Creative Studies Detroit in Fine Arts Painting, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Philadelphia in Painting, and Catholic University of Lublin, Poland in Polish language and Art History.
Ink and watercolor are Suzanne’s mediums of choice; we imagine Suzanne in her most blissful state sketching in Europe, somewhere warm like Southern Spain, Costa Brava, or Southern France. Suzanne is a lot like Oatmeal – err, we mean, she’s warm, comforting, and good-hearted. You’re likely to hear her trying to whistle “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Rimsky-Korsikov (impossible, but still fun) as she’s gardening… she would also like to call to arms all of the volunteer gardeners in Fort Wayne – together, you can weed, thin, transplant in Spring!
Maddie is very excited to join the Artlink team! She recently graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Printmedia from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. While in Kalamazoo, she was also an artist-in-residence at Makeshift.
Beyond the walls of her studio, you can often find her riding her bike on the trails and sipping coffee. She is a Fort Wayne native looking forward to helping cultivate the creative community.
Candis is a Fort Wayne native who recently moved back from Chicago. She considers herself to be a jack of all trades— yoga instructor, interior decorator, hairstylist, a great cook, and a social media content specialist. She is passionate about the arts, and believes in its ability to heal, create change, and develop our understanding of the human experience. When Candis isn’t working with her awesome team at Artlink, you can find her chasing around her two-year-old son, doting on her amazing husband, listening, incessantly, to podcasts and music, or daydreaming about her next travel plans.
Morgan Bogart has a BFA from RIT's School for American Crafts. After graduating in 2002, she went on to work in production studios in New Orleans and Seattle. During that time she was fortunate to work with major artists in the glass world and study at the Pilchuck Glass School. In 2007 she was included in the book 25 Years of New Glass Review.
After moving to Austin, Tx in 2007, she set up her own glass studio where she specialized in commission work and providing glass classes to the community. Morgan recently moved to Fort Wayne, In where she's looking forward to seeing what the future holds.