Graduate Coordinator , Career AdvisorAdmissions and Student Services
Abbey Chambers adopted a love of the visual arts early in life and quickly excelled in the area of drawing. As a Gold Key holder, Abbey attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated in May 2004 as valedictorian of her class, with the award of Excellence in Art History and a Bachelor of Science degree in Art History. She attended graduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington, where she focused her studies on late-19th century American painting. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Art History in August 2006. As an arts professional, Abbey coordinated public arts events and programs with the resident artists at the Wheeler Arts Community (2006–07) and served on the volunteer board of the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) as Vice President (2009) and President (2010–12). She joined the staff at Herron School of Art and Design in 2008, initially working with the Herron Galleries and the Basile Center for Art, Design, and Public Life. Now, in her role as graduate coordinator and career advisor in the Office of Admissions and Student Services, Abbey recruits new students for Herron’s master’s programs and advises graduate students through degree completion, and she works with undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni on their career development. Abbey has taught courses in art appreciation and American art history and continues researching American art and culture from the Colonial period through the mid-20th century.