212 is a place for art and artists. It’s a place for ideas: creative, insightful and daring ones. Ideas that make our world better, more beautiful, more interesting. And it’s a place to connect and collaborate. To experiment, iterate, refine, and launch ideas and stories into the world. Together.

Our mission is to advance artists with the inspiration, resources and preparation they need to turn ideas into reality and to foster the creative economy in our region and the world.

Through 212, individual artists will have access to space, creative tools and one-on-one mentorship with established professionals. Whether you are a freelance artist, a writer with a story to tell, or a recent college graduate looking for a creative community, 212 is here to help you achieve your goals.

Welcome to 212 by Artlink. This is Art Made Possible.



How It Works

Fill out and submit a project application online

Your application will be reviewed by the advisory board.


If your application is selected for review, you will be invited to submit a full project application. 


If accepted, you will be invited to be one of six-to-twelve on-site residents with access to a shared studio space and designated production equipment such as computers, scanners, etc. You’ll then be paired with a mentor that will assist you through regular communication, critique and exchange of knowledge during the duration of your residency. 




We understand that not all artists need or even prefer a shared studio or additional production equipment. Some might simply be lacking the knowledge or connectivity necessary to take their project from idea to audience.

Though working on their project off-site, satellite residents will have access to one on one mentoring from an artist specializing in the area of the project. This mentor will assist the satellite resident during the duration of their off-site residency.

In addition to access to mentors, off-site residents will be invited to attend (in-person or via-webcast when available) visiting professional artist workshops, talks and mentor meet-ups.



If accepted residents will only be charged $10 a month administration fee. Following the completion of the project, residents will pledge to give back to the incubator a tax-deductible gift of 1-5% of the revenue generated from the project(s) developed during their stay. This will go back towards the program so that other artists can gain access regardless of their geographic or economic station.



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How many times can I apply?
One application per project. - No limit.

How many projects will be accepted?
One project per residency period.

When do residencies begin?
Projects are reviewed every 4 months. Project start dates will vary.

If my project is rejected what then?
If your project is “rejected,” it will be accompanied by a brief project critique. Feel free to refine the project based on this critique and apply again. In some cases where the project goal is too ambitious for the time residency period, applicants may be asked to scale back the project goal.

Can I apply as a team?
Yes, but be aware when applying, on-site residency’s space is limited and we only may be able to accommodate a small group.

What if my team is spread out? Can I still apply?

What if I have a great idea, but not enough work to apply?
212 residency’s are for projects that have enough work completed for the residents to achieve a creative and professional benchmark by the end of the residency. Use the application as a template to review your project. If you can complete the application, we will review the project.

Spring Residency (Feb 18  - August 18) Deadline for applications: Oct 26
Residency begins: February 18


Creative Network

The 212 Creative Network is made up of an advisory board of professional artists and creatives working in a variety of mediums. These range from writers, illustrators and filmmakers, to producers and experts in interactive art and creative coding. Along with their experience, each member of the 212 Creative Network brings a unique perspective and knowledge set to 212, helping each resident to make their ideas a reality.  



Artlink Executive Director, 212 Co-Founder & Advisory Board Co-Chair

Matt McClure is the Executive Director of Artlink, a non-profit arts advocacy organization and gallery in Fort Wayne Indiana. In addition to his work in nonprofit leadership and arts advocacy, Matt has worked for over 10 years as an illustrator and writer mostly focusing on children’s literature and non-fiction comics. He co-founded The Sequentialist in Columbus Ohio, where he served as creative director and arts advocate for three years prior to coming to Artlink.

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212 Co-Founder & Co-Chair

Laura Hilker was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She attended Indiana University, Bloomington where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English. Hilker began her career at Fox Television Animation on FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD. In 2009, Hilker joined ex-CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Michael Eisner, in his new venture, The Tornante Company, where she helped develop the critically acclaimed animated comedy series BOJACK HORSEMAN for Netflix. Hilker currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she works with various networks and studios writing and developing content for TV/film and digital platforms. Hilker enjoys connecting people and seeing what happens. She might live in the golden state, but Hilker considers herself a Hoosier through and through.



Zach Ayers is a writer--mostly in drama, mostly in television. Zach has worked in both hour and half-hour TV, including Freeform's SIREN, NBC's STATE OF AFFAIRS and Disney's A.N.T. FARM. He's also developed several projects across town and genres. His latest comedy, NEED TO KNOW, is in development with WBTV/CBS. The premise, about a young CIA officer working in a little-regarded Agency department, is based on Zach's previous career as a CIA training-film writer/producer which is an actual job in the actual US Government.

Zach is an alumnus of the ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship, Second City and Ithaca College. He was born in Alaska, grew up in Seattle, and now lives on the eastside of LA with his wife and two daughters.

Zach is currently writing for BET's "AMERICAN SOUL," and has been a proud TV writing instructor at Script Anatomy for two years.



Bryan graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1990 with a degree in Illustration. He also has a master’s degree in Writing for Children from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. After moving to Seattle in 1991 and doing freelance work for companies such as Nintendo Power magazine, he started working at Microsoft as an illustrator.  He was lead illustrator for the first version of the award-winning Encarta CD-ROM encyclopedia as well as the Explorapedia children’s encyclopedia series. Bryan was the 3D Design Lead for 5 years at Big Idea Productions, the producers of the VeggieTales children’s videos. Bryan is also a professor of Digital Media Arts at Huntington University in Indiana. Bryan does illustration for children’s books, websites, games, videos, ads, murals and more. He is also the author and illustrator of Animal Gas, a quirky scratch and sniff children’s picture book.



Over the course of her career, Brenda has worked with many studios to create short films, commercials and TV series.  She currently works as a puppet fabricator at renowned stop-motion studio, LAIKA, and was the Character Fabrication Supervisor for puppets used in the feature film "The Little Prince" (2015).  Her online company, Stop-motion Silicone, provides custom puppets and components to animators and studios around the world.

"A program like this helped me launch my business.  It was incredibly valuable.  Without the time, resources and mentorship that were given to me, I doubt I'd have achieved the success I've had in this industry so quickly.  I hope that I can, in turn, help other artists reach their goal as well."


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Born in Mississippi and raised in New Jersey, I began working in computer animation almost 20 years ago after earning a degree in art from University of Missouri, Kansas City.

My career began at a visualization company in Ames, Iowa. In my 3 years there I worked as a jack-of-all-trades on projects for The Smithsonian, National Geographic Television, Merck, Hewlett-Packard, and Disney Interactive among others. Following that experience I spent 3 years at Big Idea in the Chicago suburbs as a technical director working on VeggieTales and their first and only theatrical release, Jonah.

The next job brought me out to Portland, Oregon to work as a technical director for Vinton Studios for 3 years on a variety of commercial projects before the studio became LAIKA. Beginning with Coraline, I've been an integral part of the development of the AMPAS Scientific Award winning replacement animation process using 3D printing. I now supervise the evolution of this process as the technology progresses.



Kieran Farr is an experienced technical founder and senior executive with over a decade of experience working with online video infrastructure. He now works as the VP of Marketing at Bitmovin, the market leader in providing online video infrastructure for complex workflows involving video encoding, playback and analytics. Kieran is also a community advocate for web-based standards to deliver 360º video, VR, and AR experiences and advises startup founders working in video, crypto and XR at 500 Startups and the European Innovation Academy.



With over 15 years of video game industry experience working with both remote and office-based teams, Chris Faylor brings a unique perspective to the ever–shifting interactive media landscape. 

His past projects include the marketing and community efforts for the Borderlands series, which has since sold over 26 million units with a feature film adaptation in the works, as well as the resurrection of the fan-favorite Homeworld series. After leaving Gearbox Software, Chris joined Armature Studio where he worked alongside the key talent responsible for the acclaimed Metroid Prime series. 

Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Chris currently resides in Austin, Texas where he oversees operations for JoyUs Media -- a production company formed by himself, Borderlands writer Mikey Neumann, and Cyanide & Happiness' Thaddeus Grant Fenton -- and also maintains a database of all upcoming major video game releases at

Ken Fountain


Although a veteran of the Chicago theater and music scenes, Ken Fountain cut his teeth as an animator in the city’s thriving advertising market – creating character work for well respected studios like Calabash Animation and Radar.

In 2007 he was tapped to join the DreamWorks Animation crew in Glendale California, and given the privilege to contribute animated performances to many worldwide blockbusters, including “Monsters Vs. Aliens”, “Shrek 4”, “Kung Fu Panda 2”, “Megamind”, “Puss in Boots”, as well as parts of the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise.

Ken stepped away from the studio system in 2011 to pursue a dream of directing animation for education, and formed his own brand of animated titles under the banner “Crackerbox”. The animated app “Geo-Me!” (world geography taught through animated, musical characters) launched with much acclaim on Apple’s App Store, and is still being downloaded and enjoyed in classrooms across the globe. Crackerbox’s second series of shorts, “Wizards in My Machine” is currently in production, with Ken holding all the levers – writing, directing, music composition, storyboarding, visual development, CG animation, compositing and editing.

Since leaving California, Ken has continued working with major studios and directors as an independent artist. Most recently, Ken had the pleasure of animating for “The Peanuts Movie” from Blue Sky Studios (2015), as well as 2016’s Oscar Nominated Google Spotlight Story “Pearl”, directed by Oscar-winning director, Patrick Osbourne (“Feast”), and the upcoming VR release “Rainbow Crow” by Baobab Studios, featuring John Legend.

From the smallest commercial houses, to the largest animation studios in the world, Ken has gained a wealth of experience and understanding of just how much it takes to produce all forms of animation. He is proud of having a unique ability to be focused and methodical, while still maintaining a loose and risky sense of creativity. The decades he spent writing music and performing on stage inform every choice he makes as an animator and director. And he hopes to continue to wake up every day and be given the ability to do this thing he loves – bring characters to life!



Born in Manhattan, New York, Adam Gaynor was an original member of the band Matchbox Twenty.

According to Billboard Magazine, for almost 10 years, Matchbox20 was one of the most played bands on radio. From 1995 to 2004, Matchbox 20 sold in excess of 25 million records, and played thousands of shows to millions of fans around the world. The band also received three Grammy nominations, two American Music Nods, earned a People’s Choice award in 2004, and won Rolling Stone Magazine’s Band of the Year in 1998. In 2008, CEO Adam Gaynor founded his new love, “Creationville”, a multi-media entertainment company that specializes in toys, animation and television content.

He spoke on a NARAS Education panel and hosted dozens of events in Florida and California which include: The Temecula International Film Festival, Hollywood Music & Media Award Shows, A Drukpa Organization Charity fundraiser, a David Lynch Foundation Event and a Fender Music Foundation Night of talent to raise money for schools.

Gaynor currently lives in Southern California developing television and licensing IP while inspiring the next generation of creative talent.

In 2016, Adam gave the graduation commencement speech for The Art Institute of Hollywood, California, teaching the next generation of Artists, Animators, Musicians and Designers that Dreams really CAN come true!

Adam Green


Adam Green is originally from Fort Wayne Indiana, and is a graduate from the University of Saint Francis (2002).  He has been animating professionally for about fifteen years, getting his start in the video game industry in San Francisco.  Some of his early titles included "Shrek Superslam" and "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed" for Activision and LucasArts, respectively.

He then moved to White Plains, New York to work on his first animated film at Blue Sky Studios, "Horton Hears a Who."  While there, he also worked on "Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Rio" before moving to Los Angeles to work at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

At Disney, he animated on the films "Bolt," “Tangled”, “Wreck-It Ralph”, “Frozen”, and “Big Hero 6,” as well as several shorts. He was then co-Head of Animation with Eric Goldberg on the shortfilm “Get a Horse," and was a Supervising Animator on the film “Moana,” heading up the characters Heihei, Pua and the Kakamora. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter, and is working on “Wreck-It Ralph 2." 

Ben Greene


Ben Greene is a writer/actor (Animation Guild/SAG) based in Los Angeles. Most recently, Ben was a staff writer on a new animated series for DreamWorks.

Ben grew up in New York City and went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ben's writing has been featured on Funny Or Die, in the New York Television Festival, and on "The UCB Show" for NBC's Seeso. As an actor, Ben has appeared in the Disney film "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," in the Fox TV series, "Son of Zorn," and in a number of national commercials. Ben is a proud member of the Upright Citizens Brigade house sketch team New Money. Ben is also the creator of The Random Pairing Project (a web comic which was recently featured on The Huffington Post).

Lora Innes


Lora Innes is also both writer and artist of The Dreamer, a historical fantasy series about a teen named Bea Whaley who begins having dreams about the American Revolution. The Dreamer began as a webcomic which was collected and released in three volumes by IDW Publishing. The series has been nominated five times in the Harvey Awards.

Innes was also the series artist on IDW Publishing’s Wynonna Earp comic book adaptation of Syfy’s television show of the same name. She also co-hosted the Paper Wings Show, a podcast about elevating the craft of making independent comics.

Steve Leeper


Steve has produced short films using pixilation, stop-motion, digital cutouts and drawn animation.  Steve was a freelance animator while leading workshops for the Chicago Children’s International Film Festival and teaching at Columbia College.   

Steve went on to Big Idea Productions to head up their 3D Layout department.  He contributed to many videos including the feature film Jonah: a VeggieTales Movie.  Later on Steve was one of the founding faculty of Digital Media Arts at Huntington University where as Director of Animation he helped students produce award-winning animation for over a decade.   

This fall Steve will join the Department of Art and Design at Central Michigan State University to begin building a new animation program.   You can see examples of his personal and commercial work on his JSL Studio/Vimeo page and view progress on his Br. Thomas project at



Sarah Moshman is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker whose work has been featured on Upworthy, Marie Claire, CNN, and Good Morning America. After directing two short documentaries about female empowerment in young women, (Girls Rock! Chicago (2010) and Growing up Strong: Girls on the Run (2012)) she set out to direct her first feature doc The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things (2014) which has been screened over 700 times around the US and around the world in schools, groups, organizations and corporations starting conversations about gender equality. With Indieflix as the distributor, the film has been sponsored by major brands like Nordstrom, American Girl and Microsoft to spread this message far and wide. Sarah's second feature doc, Losing Sight of Shore follows the incredible journey of four women who rowed across the Pacific Ocean. The film was released globally in 190 countries on Netflix in May 2017. Next up she's making a documentary examining sexual harassment in the workplace entitled NEVERTHELESS. Sarah is dedicated to telling stories that uplift, inform and inspire as well as showcase strong female role models on screen.



Jack C. Newell is an award-winning filmmaker and public artist whose work has been experienced worldwide. 

His feature length documentary, 42 Grams, about the restaurant of the same name will be released in late 2017. He is in post-production on the documentary series, How to Build a School in Haiti, that focuses on the construction of a single elementary school in rural Haiti to try to understand how we can win the fight against global poverty.

His previous narrative feature films are Hope Springs Eternal, Open Tables and Close Quarters. He is in development and pre-production on a number of other projects.

Jack is the Program Director of The Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City, the co-creator of Destroy Your Art, and the co-creator of the public art project, The Wabash Lights.



Lauren Rosenberg has worked in the non-scripted TV business for over a decade at both major talent agencies and prolific reality TV production companies & studios. The sink-or-swim environment of William Morris Endeavor is definitely where Lauren cut her teeth, but as she discovered as the Manager of Development at 51 Minds, development was her true calling. She currently identifies, hones and sells potential reality television properties as Vice President of Development at Trooper Entertainment. Over the past five years, she has created and pitched projects that have been set up at Freeform, MTV, E!, SyFy, OWN, Bravo, A&E, TruTV, TLC, Discovery, CMT, WEtv, AMC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, HGTV and DIY, and served as Co-Executive Producer on the Freeform series “Monica The Medium,” the first unscripted show to run multiple seasons on ABC Family / Freeform, OWN’s “Checked Inn,” and as Producer on the upcoming E! series “Model Squad.”  She is also currently developing series for YouTube and Netflix.

Jaydi Samuels


Jaydi Samuels penned the 250th episode of Family Guy, starring Liam Neeson, after which she consulted on MTV2's Celebrity Death Match, and wrote for WGN's Salem.  Most recently she was a producer on Adult Swim's The Jellies, on which she wrote three episodes, set to air this October.  Her pilot Three's a Couple, inspired by five of her friends who got married for Green Cards, was developed with Warner Brothers Television. She is a nationally-rated table tennis player.



A Milwaukee native, Curtis Schmidt spent the first decade of his career in advertising as a video editor. His career took him to Los Angeles, New York, Kansas City, and now his permanent home of Chicago, Illinois.  During his career as an editor, he worked for national brands such as Toyota, Gillette, Marmot, and Google. As a music video editor he edited music videos for bands like Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, and Kendrick Lamar. After years as an editor he was asked to lead the post-production departments of several successful production companies. He built both leadership and technical skills as he progressed through positions that required him to be varying combinations of video editor, colorist, creative director, project manager, and personnel manager.

After completing a series of 360 videos, including one for Jane’s Addiction and another documenting Lollapalooza for Red Bull (featured by Apple at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters), his attention shifted to immersive experiences. He became very involved in the Chicago VR community, which led him to launch an immersive content company: Captanaut has concepted, developed and pitched VR experiences to several clients including LG, Samsung, and the National World War II Museum (In development).

Curtis has been an invited participant in panel discussions about post production and virtual reality for Chi VR (the Midwest’s largest virtual reality meet up), the Virtual and Augmented Reality Association (VR/ARA), and the Chicago Creative Pro Users Group. His passion for storytelling and new immersive technologies translates into fruitful partnerships with the companies, creatives, and agencies who collaborate with Captanaut.



Shane Small developed the re-imagining of Twilight Zone as an interactive series for CBS. He recently created The House a Hulu original horror anthology. Shane is also working with Facebook's innovations lab, on an undisclosed project. He consulted on defining the role of interactive content within Netflix. Shane recently sold an interactive show to Sony Entertainment called EXP. He was Executive Creative Director of Shell’s 'Make the Future' campaign, resulting in 260 million views worldwide and top viral campaign of 2016.

Previously he was creator and founder of Exploding Kittens - the highest backed Kickstarter in history which raised $8,782,571 with 219,382 backers and became #1 game on Kickstarter. At Xbox Entertainment Studios, he worked on original interactive movies and TV shows for the Xbox gaming console, as well as some of their marketing and design. He was also Creative Director of one of T-Mobile’s most successful marketing campaigns. Prior to that, amongst other things, he founded Edoc Laundry, the first interactive clothing brand, where hidden messages and codes in the clothing unlocked murder mystery video content online, and also Funtini, where he developed games for Marvel & Disney.



Hannah Ter Vree, originally from Georgetown, Indiana, received her BA degree from Indiana University in telecommunications, with a minor in math and gender studies. During her study at IU, she joined the IUSTV News Department where she held the position of Senior Producer. In addition to her work at IUSTV, she took numerous high-level production courses, for which she became the primary editor and motion graphics artist. Before her senior year, Hannah obtained an internship at Tiny Hero, an entertainment marketing company in Burbank, California. 

In 2014 Hannah graduated from IU and was offered an assistant editor position at Tiny Hero. After about a year, she was promoted to post supervisor and recently post producer. Hannah continues to work at Tiny Hero as the post producer, overseeing the entire post department. She holds numerous responsibilities which include, but are not limited to, supervising AEs, editors, and graphic artists, managing deadlines, liaising between clients and the creative team, delivering all final creative per required specs. As Hannah continues to move forward in the industry, her goal is to become an entertainment marketing creative producer. As an Indiana native succeeding in the entertainment industry, Hannah hopes to provide other students from the Midwest advise, encouragement and opportunities to help them further their creative careers.



Brad Winters is an animation producer/writer based in Los Angeles, CA. The son of an Air Force officer, Brad spent his early years globetrotting from New York, Germany, and Nebraska before settling in California. After attending California State University - Chico, Brad moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television animation.


In the past fifteen years he has worked at Fox Television Animation (Family Guy), 20th Century Fox Television (The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Futurama, etc), Disney Television Animation (Tron Uprising), Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken), and Marvel Television (Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble). Most recently, he produced “The Adventures of Kid Danger” for Nickelodeon and Powerhouse Animation, LLC.


Brad has also worked as a staff writer for series development at Cartoon Network and on various independent projects.



Thom Zahler is a comic book creator and animation writer. He created the Line Webtoons hit series Warning Label as well as the Harvey-nominated Love and Capes, Long Distance and the time-traveling wine comic Time and Vine. He also writes and draws for IDW's successful My Little Pony series. He has written for Disney XD's Ultimate Spider-Man and Knights of the Zodiac.


Additional mentors to be announced.



The application is a two-step process. Once the applicant pays the application fee, they will be prompted to fill out the initial application. Be prepared to provide:

  • Name

  • Address

  • Age

  • Email

  • Education Level

  • Project Title

  • Project Description (one sentence)

  • Project Outline (two paragraphs)

  • Project Need (resident or satellite)

  • Link to Portfolio or Project Sample

  • Link to Social Media Accounts

All applications will then be reviewed and critiqued by the 212 Advisory Board. All applicants will receive the critique with additional questions about their proposal to respond to by a date to be determined by the Advisory Board. 


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