Alys Caviness-Gober is an anthropologist, artist, and writer. Despite lifelong disabilities, Alys perseveres with her art and nonprofit volunteering. She comes late to the life of a professional artist; after receiving her MA in Anthropology, Alys taught Anthropology and Women’s Studies at the collegiate level for several years and was a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics until her disabilities worsened. Alys serves on the Noblesville Cultural Arts Council and is active in the local arts scene. In 2011, she started selling artwork online and locally as Creative Expressions Arts, and was juried into the Hamilton County Artists' Association in both photography (2012) and 2D categories (2013). She is the co-founder of NICE (Noblesville Interdisciplinary Creativity Expo); in 2018 NICE received an Indiana Humanities project grant. In November of 2014, she founded Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc. (LSS), an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) Arts organization providing the community with diverse arts projects and programming. In July 2019, LSS rebranded as Community • Education • Arts, Inc. (CEArts), continuing many of LSS’ annual place-making projects and expanding with digital content, including online Arts Showcase exhibit opportunities for writers and artists, and @theroundtable podcast, and a short videos series. Alys is editor and publisher of CEArts’ annual submissions-driven anthology, The Polk Street Review, which has received three Indiana Arts Commission project grants (2018, 2019, and 2020).
Alys is a FY2017 (July 2016 - June 2017) Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Project Grant Award recipient, for which she created a series of paintings expressing life with hidden disabilities. She was selected to participate in the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute’s Religion Spirituality, and the Arts 2018/19 Seminar Class. Alys has been an invited presenter at Poetry Society of Indiana conferences (2017, 2018, 2019), and Monicat Data’s arts and technology Yellow Summit (2019). Alys' artwork, photographs, and poetry have received national and international recognition.