Abby Cipar is a multidisciplinary artist, arts advocate, and curator with roots in Akron, OH. Cipar's work considers laborious acts of making, such as sewing, binding, pinning, tucking, stretching, and squeezing, as sites for communicating intense, highly personal experiences of gender dysphoria. Material choices within their work speak to reciprocity and found family, while simultaneously opening dialogues surrounding the heaviness of nostalgia and how we dictate what parts of history are worth keeping.

Cipar received their BFA in Painting & Drawing from The University of Akron in 2021. In addition to other notable honors, Cipar was a 2023 recipient of the Stewart Thomson Fellowship at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the 2019 Folk Charitable Foundation Venice Biennale Travel Award from The Myers School of Art. Their work was included in the 2022 CAN Triennial at The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, Ohio), and they have exhibited at Detroit Artist’s Market (Detroit, Michigan), Piano Craft Gallery (Boston, Massachusetts), River House Arts (Toledo, Ohio), FAVA Gallery (Oberlin, Ohio), Wavelength Space (Chattanooga, Tennessee), YARDS Projects (Cleveland, Ohio), and Malone University (Canton, Ohio), among others. Cipar curated the group show, Collective Remedies, for KINK Contemporary (Cleveland, OH) in June of 2023, and they currently serve as a Community Member on the Artist Resource Committee for Akron's Summit Artspace. Slated for graduation in the spring of 2024, Cipar is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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