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Lauren Kalman’s practice is rooted in contemporary craft, sculpture, video, photography and performance. Through performances using her body, her work investigates constructions of the ideal and the feminine as they relate to craft and the built environment. Kalman completed her PhD from the Australian National University, MFA from OSU and BFA from MassArt.

Kalman’s work is in the collections of the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, MFA Boston, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, and Korean Ceramics Foundation. She received the Françoise van den Bosch Award (Jewelry), Raphael Founders Prize (Glass), and is a Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow.

She is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Wayne State University in Detroit. In addition to her administrative experience, she has studied fundraising, arts leadership, board governance, and audience development through the Arts Administration program at Wayne State.

“I have found my previous board work to be incredibly meaningful as a way of giving back to communities I care about. In this instance I am excited to contribute directly to the craft field in a way that directly impacts artists in times of need and preparing for the future. I am excited when my skills can be used to benefit others.”