Founded in 2010, Ames Collaborative Art (Aka Ames Cart) specializes in creating transient events and projects that bring different segments of the creative community in Ames together.

We are a small organization that was most active from 2010 – 2016 and is on a temporary hiatus while the organizers focus on personal projects.

Tibi Chelcea


Tiberiu Chelcea’s work takes elements and processes of traditional printmaking and combines them with parts and operations of digital technologies. His work demonstrates unexpected correlations between old and new technologies, and issues of consumption, serial design, automated vs labor-intensive processes, are brought to the fore. Mr. Chelcea was born in Romania and came to United States to pursue a PhD in Computer Science. He has received several awards, fellowships and patents in the field of electronic and digital design, which continues to be a major source of inspiration for his art.

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Catherine Reinhart


I am an interdisciplinary artist who makes fiber art, works on paper, and conducts socially engaged projects with abandoned textiles. These works center on themes of domestic labor, mapping, and care.

Repetitive action is a common thread in my studio practice. I dissemble, reconfigure, and alter abandoned textiles. Stratums of fiber reference sedimentary layers and the state of my laundry pile. I map the territory of my home-place by annotating topographic maps with notes on braiding my daughter’s hair. Combining topographical maps with weave drafts, I shape new landscapes. As artist/mother, I am both archivist and field hand, creating studies in the accretion of domestic life and cataloging its labors.

Catherine Reinhart is an artist living and creating in Ames, IA. She received her BFA in Integrated Studio Arts – Printmaking and Fiber in 2008 from Iowa State University. In 2012, she completed her MFA in Textiles from the University of Kansas. Reinhart exhibits her work locally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards.

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Kristin M Roach

Founder, Treasurer

Kristin M. Roach was born in Rock Island, Illinois in 1983. She completed her BFA at Northern Illinois University in painting with a minor in art history in 2008. Kristin constructs her work using scientific data and cast-off materials. Her site-specific installations use contemporary technologies to create an immersive environment of sculpture, light, and sound that explore themes of decay and restoration. Her art and zines are internationally exhibited and collected and her book, Mend it Better, has been published worldwide. She currently lives and works in Ames, Iowa.

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