Amie Bantz is a Baltimore-born, Midwest-and-New-England-raised, current Harrisburg resident and artist. Amie is an Art and AP Art History teacher at Carlisle High School. She received her Bachelors in Art Education from Messiah College and Masters in Arts Administration from Kutztown University. Her background in education fosters a desire to make art accessible to everyone as she creates work that incorporates themes or images that encourage connection through familiarity. Bantz often explores identity, place, and her Korean-American ethnicity through her work – taking everyday objects or scenes and transforming them, thereby forcing viewers to experience something ordinary in a new way. Her goal is rather simple: create joy through art. Make images that make people smile. Or remember something wonderful. Or chuckle a little. It isn’t always necessary to have a grand emotive response to her work. Viewers should just naturally feel a little lighter – as if the work has come off the wall, canvas or paper and given the viewer a little pat on the back.