Lauren Kalman is a visual artist based in Detroit 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 from the Ohio State University and earned a BFA with a focus in Metals from Massachusetts College of Art. Kalman exhibits and lectures internationally. Her work is in many private and public collections including New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, Detroit Institute of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston among others.
Lauren Kalman’s 2017 Museum of Arts and Design’s solo exhibition, But if the Crime is Beautiful… included new and commissioned works created on the heels of solo exhibitions at Cranbrook Museum of Art and the The Mattress Factory Museum. Kalman’s residencies at Corporation of Yaddo and Santa Fe Art Institute as well as participation in the seminal exhibition, Hand + Made: The Performative Impulse in Art And Craft with Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, and Anne Wilson to name a few, have cemented her place at the forefront of her field.