Wayne State University

Prof. Kalman is inaugural Knight Established Artist at Ponyride

Ponyride, the Applebaum Family Compass Fund and the Knight Foundation announced the artists awarded for this year's emerging and established artist residencies in Detroit. Lauren Kalman, assistant professor in Wayne State's James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History was named the inaugural Knight Established Artist at Ponyride.

The Applebaum Family Compass Fund provided generous support to match funding from the Knight Arts Challenge to award artists a residency at Ponyride. The three main elements of this program are talent retention, artist growth and artistic exchange with artists and Detroit residents. The program includes a grant award, free accommodations and a materials budget. The artists will be offered a professional practice stipend for travel to New York with the intent of making connections with galleries, art spaces and collectors. In addition to producing art in Detroit, the artists will create public programing based on their practice and how their art will engage Detroit residents. The artist, their work, and experiences will be documented and shared based on their arts practice and action during and following their stay.

Professor Lauren Kalman is a visual artist whose practice is invested in contemporary craft, video, photography and performance. Through her work she investigates beauty, adornment, body image and the built environment. Raised in the Midwest, Kalman completed her MFA in art and technology at Ohio State U. and earned a BFA with a focus in metals at Massachusetts College of Art.

Kalman exhibits and lectures internationally. Her work had been featured in exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Museum of Arts and Design, Cranbrook Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Mint Museum and deCordova Museum, among others. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and other institutions.

She has been awarded residencies at the Bemis Center, the Australian National University, the Corporation of Yaddo, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, Haystack and Santa Fe Art Institute. She has received Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Puffin Foundation West and ISE Cultural Foundation Emerging Curator grants. She has taught at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design.

The Ponyride residency program provides a critical opportunity for each artist to dedicate themself to their craft.  Throughout the next year, the artists’ work will be displayed and showcased throughout Detroit at new public exhibitions, workshops and events. Learn more via Playground Detroit's coverage of the awards announcement.

Crime Hood by Lauren Kalman