Chelsey Webber-Brandis

Philadelphia, PA

Chelsey Webber-Brandis is an artist, writer, educator, and community organizer with a passion for mental health and a penchant for irreverence. She works in both the visual and performing arts, often intermixing forms of performance, video, and installation. Raised in Southern California, she began her career studying dance and theatre arts in Los Angeles. There worked with a variety of performers and art spaces including Lita Albuquerque, Ry X, and Machine Project. She gained her BA in Fine Arts from Arcadia University where she received the Spruance-Daumier Award for creative excellence. Since then, she has worked on a number of public art projects in the Philadelphia area, including mural work with David Guinn and the Mural Arts Philadelphia organization. More recently, she has focused her efforts on developing a conversation around trauma representation in art. She has shown artwork influenced by this topic at Arcadia University, Moore College of Art and Design, and Deja 42 Art Gallery. In Summer of 2019 Chelsey authored a library guide for Connelly Library which provided information on trauma as well as local resources and scholarly research. Part of furthering dialogue on this topic has been to work collaboratively, including developing a guest lecture series entitled Trigger(ed): Ethics of Witnessing with fellow performer Kristen Shahverdian and a wellness workshop entitled Balanc(ed). Currently, Chelsey is based on the East Coast where she misses palm trees and sunny forecasts. She earned her MFA at Moore College of Art and Design and holds over 50 hours of trauma-informed training.