We couldn’t be more pleased to have hosted Heidi and Matthew Joynt as our inaugural residents. Matt and Heidi visited our temporary home in Charlotte, VT and stayed all too briefly.
A native of rural Michigan, Matt Joynt has called Chicago home for the past 7 years. The events that occurred between included several bouts with school, freelance music and art journalism, and 10 years on the road in a band, sleeping on sticky night club floors all over the world. With InCUBATE, he has presented work at the Open Engagement Conference at Portland State University, ThreeWalls and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY and more. Currently, ephemeral materials from InCUBATE’s Sunday Soup project are on display with the traveling exhibition, FEAST. His solo work has been shown at SHoP and Harold Washington College in Chicago, and at the Woolen Mill Gallery in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. He runs the vinyl and cassette label Positive Beat Recordings with Michael Hunter and is a member of the creative board for Summer Forum for Inquiry + Exchange. He basically just does whatever seems like a fun and interesting opportunity to spend time with other people and the rest usually works out somehow.
Originally from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Heidi Joynt has lived in Chicago since 2008. Heidi is interested in facilitating connections between humans and the natural world. For the last 7 years she has worked as an environmental educator, primarily teaching sustainable agriculture to teens. Currently, she is the Coordinator of a youth development program called Green Youth Farm (Chicago Botanic Garden), and manages a 1.5 acre vegetable farm with 20 teenagers in Waukegan, IL. Responding to the frequent experience of “nature deficit” in Chicago, Heidi is undertaking a new floral design project, Field & Florist. Utilizing vacant pockets of land for production within the Chicago-metro region, Field & Florist is a source for local and ethically grown flowers. The project aims to provide a seasonal alternative to the conventional flower industry while nurturing her desire to make beautiful things.