Founded on the recognition of a
need in the region for cultivating
emerging artists, The Midwest Dweller
highlights art of high quality
and popular design for those

who find their home in the Midwest.

 

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The Midwest Dweller provides unseen talent with a way to gain acknowledgement of their work at an early stage in their artistic journey, leading them on a pathway to a career revolved around their passions.  

Meet the Boss Babes Behind the Scenes

Midwest Dweller is an all female operated non-profit organization based in Springfield, MO.


KAITLYN PALMQUIST | FOUNDER

“I am a passionate, idealistic dreamer with a heart for the Midwest and the creatives that inhabit it. You’ll find that I’m well versed in entrepreneurship and management. Past that, I adore coffee, design, and cats which occupy my mind most of the time.”

“I am a passionate, idealistic dreamer with a heart for the Midwest and the creatives that inhabit it. You’ll find that I’m well versed in entrepreneurship and management. Past that, I adore coffee, design, and cats which occupy my mind most of the time.”

Kaitlyn is the founder of The Midwest Dweller. She is well prepared to create new opportunities for artists in the Midwest with a background in entrepreneurship, marketing, and management. She is constantly brainstorming and dreaming up new ways to help creatives.


  SHAUNA CRIDER | WRITER & EDITOR

Shauna has a knack for sculpting a perfect string of sentences that make a reader want to dive in. From email content, social media posts, and emotional support since the beginning of the project, Shauna is a vital member of The Midwest Dweller team.

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“I’m a writer, dream builder, and accidental plant killer. I work in the nonprofit space and love helping creative people reach their goals.”

“I’m a writer, dream builder, and accidental plant killer. I work in the nonprofit space and love helping creative people reach their goals.”


ALLY JEPPSEN | PHOTOGRAPHER

“I’m a portrait photographer and I hear my photos towards individuality and self-worth. If I’m not photographing, I’m probably eating cashew chicken, dancing uncontrollably, or watching every YouTube video of Tina Fey and Kate McKinnon in existence.”

“I’m a portrait photographer and I hear my photos towards individuality and self-worth. If I’m not photographing, I’m probably eating cashew chicken, dancing uncontrollably, or watching every YouTube video of Tina Fey and Kate McKinnon in existence.”

Ally is the one that make The Midwest Dweller looks so good! Her talent for making the ordinary extraordinary is unparalleled. Outside of TMD, Ally runs her photography business and we couldn't be more proud. 

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TESSA COOPER | A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING

In all seriousness, Tessa has a knack for writing, editing, marketing, public relations and social media. She's also just recently ventured into photography. Tessa is The Midwest Dweller's secret weapon. 

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“I am a freelance writer and editorial photographer. I’m Parisian at heart and enjoy the finer things in life like cappuccinos and free samples.”

“I am a freelance writer and editorial photographer. I’m Parisian at heart and enjoy the finer things in life like cappuccinos and free samples.”


KYLIE WRIGHT | MARKETING & GRAPHIC DESIGN

“I have a background in marketing and graphic design and have had my own business since 2011. I am also a musician who plays frequent gigs for various venues and events. When I’m not being creative, I like being with my husband and friends while eating delicious food and drinking whatever wine I can afford.”

“I have a background in marketing and graphic design and have had my own business since 2011. I am also a musician who plays frequent gigs for various venues and events. When I’m not being creative, I like being with my husband and friends while eating delicious food and drinking whatever wine I can afford.”

We have a lot of creative people on The Midwest Dweller team and Kylie is definitely one of them! Her background in marketing and experience in graphic design brings a new level of professionalism to this project. She also is a talented musician with a consistent line-up of gigs.  

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ASHLEE MIZER | SOCIAL MEDIA

Ashlee is the newest member of the Midwest Dweller team. She brings a refreshing take on curating our social media platform with precision and dedication.

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“I’m a stay at home mom to my beautiful daughter, Sora. I love The Office and consuming ridiculous amounts of coffee.”

“I’m a stay at home mom to my beautiful daughter, Sora. I love The Office and consuming ridiculous amounts of coffee.”