Abbey Messmer was born in Dallas, Texas and received a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas in 2001. She currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona as a fine artist and she is also the programming director at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. In her current position at the Center she is the most proud of her work serving the community through cultural awarness programs and programming main stage events that champion diversity and community engagement. Her work in the theater is balanced by her painting practice in the studio. Highlights of Messmer's exhibitions include showing at the Phoenix Art Musuem, Mesa Arts Center, the Herberger Theater Center, the Shemer Art Center, Estrelle Mountina Community College, Monorchid and particiapting in a project called Art360 with hte Arizona Science Center where her work was animated and projected ontot he dome of the Dorrance Plantetarium. Messmer was a founding member of The Lodge, a member of the Pheonix Art Collective Eye Lounge from 2012-15 and a Forum Arts Grant recipient in 2015.