The Moving Crew

The Moving Crew is an amorphous art collective working to enliven the public sphere. We are a group of cultural animators that come together to generate projects that engage ideas of community, movement and transformation. We are artists with individual practices who also work jointly to generate projects that are larger and more diverse than our private endeavors. These projects are diverse but have the common thread of challenging banal daily experience. We operate within a spirit of generosity using the tools of workshops, printed ephemera, and performance to facilitate an audience’s engagement with our constructed environments. Working in collaboration challenges everyone to remain accountable to the community at-large. Projects undertaken by The Moving Crew are temporary by nature, and respond to local culture and events.

The Moving Crew invites the public to look at things from unusual vantage points and to join in the fun and play of making things. By participating you are invited into a new space where the normal rules of the world do not quite apply and where the public is welcome to collaborate.

Membership within the collective is amorphous, and ever growing. In fact, you might already be a member!

The Moving Crew is not quite theater, not quite performance, not quite circus, not quite gallery art,… not to be missed!

The Moving Crew artist collective was founded in Iowa City in 2005.


Exhibitions, Performances, and Community Projects

What’s Inside Ideal X?, XXVII International Festival in Sarajevo, The Sarajevo Winter 2011., Gradska galerija/The City Gallery – Collegium Artisticum, (February 7th-28th, 2011)


What’s Inside Ideal X?, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA (September-November 2010)
What’s Inside Ideal X?, Molekula, Rijeka, Croatia (June 2010)


The Official Bureau of Art Quality and Standards, ArtPrize: Old Federal Building, Grand Rapids, MI, USA


Transfer-Mation / Walking Division, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, USA


Land Grant Flag State Construct , Bemis Underground Residency, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, USA


Passport Home, Arts Iowa City, Iowa City, IA, USA
The Moving Crew’s Boat Parade, Pedestrian Mall, Iowa City, IA


International Collage Research and Production Team (I.C.R.A.P.T.), Arts Iowa City, Iowa City, IA



May-June 2010

Molekula, Rijeka, Croatia

Project: What’s Inside Ideal X?,


June-July 2007

Bemis Underground, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

Project: Land Grant Flag State Construct


February-April 2005

Arts Iowa City, Iowa City, IA

Project: International Collage and Research Production Team



Inclusive Art Practice: The Moving Crew Artist Collective, Lecture and Project Presentation, The Modern and Conteporary Art Museum, Rijeka, Croatia
The Moving Crew: What’s Inside Ideal X?, Lecture, Project Presenation, Workshop, Film and Video Department, Split Art Academy (UMAS), Split, Croatia


The Moving Crew and Collaboration, Visiting Artist Lecture, Graduate Print Workshop, University of Iowa, School of Art and Art History, Iowa City, IA, USA
Art, Fact, and Artifact, Panel: “Cross Disciplinary Collaboration”, College Book Art Association Biennial Conference, University of Iowa Center for the Book, Iowa City, IA, USA



Eyes on the Prize: The Collective Experience, Nicole Caruth, ArtPrize Blog, September 28th, 2009,

ArtPrize project offers free eye exams to ‘guide and protect’ voters against ‘dangerous art’, Rachel Recker, The Grand Rapids Press, September 23, 2009,

The Moving Crew: ‘Utterly absurd’ the best way to describe Bemis Underground’s new installation,Will Simons, Omaha City Weekly, July 4, 2007


The Daily Pallette, The University of Iowa: