Amanda Murphy is a second year MA candidate in the School of Art and Art History where she is a teaching assistant in the sculpture department. She received her BFA in Studio Art, with honors and distinction, from the University of Iowa in 2004, after transferring from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her social art practice stems from her activist roots and community involvement. One of her ongoing collaborative projects examines the inequities that exist at the intersection of food accessibility and the prison industrial complex through performative storytelling and meal-making. By exploring a process of artistic activism, Amanda seeks to create openings that make room for new modes of thinking, questioning, learning, and action, by disrupting patterns of though and engaging in public dialogue.