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Carley Brandeaux was born in North Carolina to a family of builders, stuff-collectors, artists and musicians. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Sculpture from the University of North Carolina Asheville in 2013. Before entering the Master of Design program at SAIC in 2016, Brandeaux was working at the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center in Asheville, NC, as well as her favorite hair salon, and maintaining her independent studio practice. Driven by personal experiences including growing up in the south + the current political climate, her work is a haptic and somatic exploration of the limitation of our hands, bodies and language.

In 2018 Brandeaux completed the Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied under the direction of artist Nick Cave. Upon admission, Brandau was the recipient of SAIC's highest recognition, the New Artist Society Scholarship. For her studio work at SAIC, Brandau was awarded a Luminarts Fellowship from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, Union League of Chicago.