Artists in Residence

Carmichael Jones

Carmichael Jones is an artist whose work is often playful and slightly irreverent, blending the everyday and the never-seen-before, the meticulous and the reckless, the handcrafted and the ready made.

Carmichael is a proud graduate of Tyler School of Art and SalemCC as well as the creative co-director of “The Whole Shebang”.

Currently a BFA artist in residence at Tyler School of Art and a 2015 CGCA fellow, Carmichael has shown work at Vox Populi, The Hatchatory, Little Berlin and Flux Space among others.

Meg Foley/movingparts

moving parts is a project of Meg Foley’s and is the name she ascribes to her various dance- and performance-based actions that explore the materiality of dance and its relationship to form. To that end, she has recently recommitted to an improvisational solo practice that explores states of attention, sensation guided structure, and audience/performer relationship and interdependence. She loves to watch, reflect on, and talk about performance. Focused on exchange and research through making, part of moving parts' mission is to host visiting artists.

Meg Foley is a Philadelphia-based performer and choreographer. Her work has been presented locally by Thirdbird, FringeArts Festival, Bowerbird, Vox Populi gallery, Little Berlin Gallery, Icebox Project Space, and outside Philadelphia in NYC, Canada, and Poland. An improviser and a queer person, Foley is interested in the embodied potential for a more pliable sense of self and of relationship. Her dances explore the 24hr body, tracking our identities and emotional experiences to a physical core, placing the experiential act at the center. Working from physical actualities and body‐based research, since 2010 she has developed an improvisational practice, action is primary, where all aspects of the body become material: movement, voice, location, emotion, relationship, attention, herstory, and representation. This research informs tiny daily dances (she has performed a dance everyday at 3:15pm since October 20, 2012) as well as an exhibition of the research in Spring 2016, that will feature self-determined, improvisational solos created collectively by the collaborating performers. Foley is a 2012 Pew Fellow in the Arts and 2012 Independence Foundation Fellow and the first dance artist to be a member of Vox Populi Gallery. She teaches dance improvisation, composition, performance practice, and critical theory at University of the Arts. Foley received a BA in Dance from Scripps College in California in 2004 and a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from Laban Centre London in 2003.

Amber Cowan  |  Artist and Educator

Amber Cowan is an artist and educator out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she is a faculty member of the Glass Department of Tyler School of Art at Temple University. 

She is the recipient of the 2014 Rakow Commission from The Corning Museum of Glass and the 2012 Recipient of the Stephen Procter Fellowship at The Australian National University.

She has taught courses at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, The Pilchuck Glass School as well as Salem Community College.

Amber has had a recent solo exhibition at The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco and her work is in the permanent collection of The Shanghai Museum of Glass and The Wichita Art Museum.

Jordan Deal


Jordan Deal’s interdisciplinary practice merges sculpture, performance, painting and drawing, sound, and text play to create performance installations. Through the use of both worn and free-standing sculptures in his performances he interacts with the space questioning the interplay between the powers of race, gender, sex, and economic class. The work challenges the assumed roles of the body and aims to create dialogue around acknowledging and deconstructing micro-aggressions, while using play to explore relationship building between individuals and communities. His current work examines the dynamic between body and mind, physical and spiritual death and rebirth, role-play, and intimacy using characters or deities he creates that transcend the normalities of sex and gender. Through this mode of storytelling, Deal confronts issues of conformity, submission and resistance, violence, and separatism.


Shannon Murphy


Shannon Murphy is a dance artist who creates invitations for gathering to practice complexity, differentiation, and resilience. These practices model possible ways of being through experiencing sensate, fleshly, and imaginative explorations of one's own biology. Her research exhumes, arouses, and destabilizes through improvisational methods generating dance, co-narratives, myths, and tactile artifacts. With a deep care for collaboration she prefers to work in groups, sharing through teaching, making, and performing. Shannon likes to engage in long conversations as well as language-less haptic interactions where what is felt becomes a proposal for sharing what cannot always be seen. 

Shannon received her MFA in Dance from the University of the Arts in the summer of 2019. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Whole Shebang teaching and developing her current performance research. Her work has been awarded an Arts for Social Change grant from the Leeway Foundation,  a Live Arts LAB fellowship, a New Edge Residency in Dance and a New Edge Mix Artist at the Community Education Center, and was an Artist in Residence at Mascher Space Co-Op. She has been a co-director of idiosynCrazy productions alongside founder, Jumatatu Poe since 2009. Shannon has studied Franklin Method with Eric Franklin for over 10 years and now as one of the first US/English speaking faculty members, specializes in Franklin Method for dancers. As an adjunct Assistant Professor, she teaches at UArts where she is the Curricular Head of Body Pathways, and is developing programming to reduce injury and support the healing and recovery of injured dancers. She also teaches at Stockton University and as an adjunct professor taught at Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University where she was the Assistant Director of Drexel Dance Ensemble from 2015-2017. Shannon has worked with many dance artists/companies, including: Peggy Baker, Group Motion Dance Co, Jaamil Kosoko, Jumatatu Poe, The Naked Stark, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, SCRAP Performance Group, and Kate Watson-Wallace.