ART SHAPE MAMMOTH
Board of Directors
Pati Hibbard Chavez earned her Master's degree in library and information science in 2016. She has worked with artists for over a decade including by supporting the MN State agency charged with granting public dollars to artists, the MN State Arts Board; and by volunteering to digitize ephemera for various arts organizations. Currently, she works as a digital cataloger, providing stewardship to a local manufacturing company's digital 2-d and 3-d design collection. Her draw to art, and her admiration of artists, has always been in regard to the artists' courage and wit to translate voice, opinions, and values into something tangible and imbued with meaning. She comes to ASM with hopes to support artists in their mission to educate and provide opportunities to amplify the artistic voice.
Margaret Coleman finished her BFA from the University of MN in 2005 and her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2009. She is currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy and Aesthetics at Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, researching the conceptual structure of the Art World as an artistic medium. She collaborates on most projects and doesn't differentiate between curatorial work, artistic practice, and life. She curated for Thomas Hunter Projects at Hunter College from 2011-2012, and was Curator in Residence at Loft 594 in Bushwick in 2013-2014. She is Executive Director of ArtShape Mammoth, a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect artists with new communities and offer alternatives to traditional gallery structures. She co-directs the Visitor Center Artist Camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where ASM hosts a Sustainable Art Symposium each summer. She has received several grants and awards for her work including from Jerome Foundation, NES Artist Fellowship, Awesome Without Borders, Pollination Project, and Michigan Department of Economic Development.
Rhea Dykoski, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M., BFA
Rhea lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She went to the University of Minnesota for a BFA in ceramics. She also has a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree and is a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist. During much of that time in school she worked in bookkeeping and database management for small businesses and non-profits. She continues to make pottery and also writes and illustrates indie video games.
Amy Joy Hosterman is a ceramic sculptor from Minnesota, now living and working in Colorado. She received her BFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota, and studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Fascinated by natural cycles and technical processes, she is a ceramics materials expert and experimental kiln-builder. She has been teaching ceramics workshops for over ten years and has received grants for her work on projects in Minnesota and Michigan, including Irrigate Arts, Awesome Without Borders, Pollination Project, and Michigan Department of Economic Development. Hosterman is currently the Program Director for Art Shape Mammoth, and co-director of the Visitor Center Artist Camp in Ewen, MI, where she has developed comprehensive clay programming for an annual two-week artist workshop, creating ceramic sculpture by hand-processing the local clay deposits and firing the clay on-site using locally available tools and materials.
Joshua Hosterman earned his BFA in sculpture at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has additionally studied social sciences and economics. He comes from a family of technical types and has been making objects by hand and machine his whole life. Josh practices visual and relational art. He has managed a non-profit teaching wood shop, worked in the preservation bindery at a large public library, hosted custom sex toy crafting workshops, opened an anarchist community center, and received public art grants. Nowadays, he mostly enjoys drawing pictures, going for walks, and helping others create objects and situations. He is currently the Operations Director for Art Shape Mammoth, co-directs the Visitor Center Artist Camp, and is apprenticing to tattoo at NoCo Studio Tattoo in Loveland, CO. He is an enthusiast of the precision of the human hand, eye, and intuition.
Lauren Kearns was born in Los Angeles CA. Her BFA and MFA in ceramics are from Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Oregon, respectively. She was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation. She moved to San Francisco to open a studio, and began her teaching career. Later she settled in the Seattle/Tacoma, WA area, teaching and working.
In 2004 she began five years as the Executive Director of the Carbondale Clay Center, in Carbondale, CO. She taught college drawing and ceramics, while studying printmaking and dancing in the Santa Barbara, CA area. Returning to Colorado, she reopened her studio, creating work and exhibiting nationally. Currently she teaches in the northern Colorado/Denver area. She has exhibited her work, achieved many awards, and is in numerous collections worldwide. Teaching, creating, and dancing are her passions.
Jeanine Malec has worked in, on and around the Minneapolis/St.Paul Arts scene for over fifteen years. Educated at the recently shuttered College of Visual Arts, and with an MFA in Ecological Architecture through Vesper College, she has served on boards for Powderhorn Empty Bowls, Vesper Aitilier and currently with Art Shape Mammoth. Jeanine currently works at Gallery 360 and creates sculptural art jewelry and stenciled ceramics under the moniker Nest and Tessellate. She is interested in helping to develop artistic dialogue between states and nations on what’s happening here, there, and in the present. How can we help each other describe and define what’s real now?
Karen Hosterman Ward, CPA, received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Completing the CPA exam shortly after college and gaining four years of experience with a national public accounting firm in Indianapolis, she originally earned her certification in Indiana. Over the course of her career, she has owned two bakery businesses in Wisconsin. She has worked as a Part Time Chief Financial Officer on a consulting basis for many small growing companies during her career. Working with business owners to use financial information in the decision making process and establishing best practices to grow and succeed in their business has been her passion. She has an appreciation of art and decorated cakes for many years at her bakeries. She also loves to play tennis, spend time with family and volunteer in her professional organization, church and community. She currently lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with her husband John.
Lisa Williamson is currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy and Aesthetics at Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, studying Philosophy & Critical Theory. Lisa is an artist living and working in Memphis, TN.