ART SHAPE MAMMOTH
MARGARET COLEMAN finished her BFA from the University of MN in 2005 and her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2009. She is currently doing her PhD in Philosophy and Aesthetics at IDSVA, experimenting with conceptual structure of the Art World as her artistic medium. She collaborates on most projects and doesn't differentiate between curatorial work, artistic practice, and life. She likes doing fun things, like making art in a small fishing village in Skagastrond, Iceland in Winter for three months in 2010 (NES Artist Fellowship) or going on a six week tour like a DIY band in 2011 (Non Solo shows). She has also lived in reclusion in a foreclosed building and hopped a boxcar. The former was art, the latter was just pure fun. One time she loaded forty people onto a bus and took them to secret places all day long, (Flux Factory, “Demonstrations of Aptitude, 2009, solo exhibition) and another summer was spent hanging out with senior citizens doing paper making (St Louis Park Arts and Culture Grant 2009/10, two time recipient). She has cast iron and made paper in the ocean. In 2013, she lived in a tent at Franconia Sculpture Park, where she cast a 500 pound iron sculpture, "Lump," that is still on display there. Following "Lump," came "Slump," made for Pelham Art Center in the Bronx (2014). In 2014 she traveled to Latvia and created a collaborative installation exhibition as part of the International Conference on Cast Iron Art. She is the Executive Director of ArtShape Mammoth, an organization offering artists alternatives to traditional gallery structure. Every summer she goes to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where ArtShape Mammoth has started a Sustainable Adventure Art Symposium for artists. She has received several grants and awards for her work including from Jerome Foundation, Awesome Without Borders, Pollination Project, and Michigan Department of Economic Development.
AMY JOY HOSTERMAN
AMY JOY HOSTERMAN is a ceramic sculptor from Minnesota, now living and working in Colorado. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and received her BFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota. Fascinated by natural cycles and technical processes, she is a ceramics materials expert and experimental kiln-builder. She has been teaching ceramics workshops for ten years in the Twin Cities area, and has received grants for her work in both Minnesota and Michigan, including Irrigate Arts, Awesome Without Borders, Pollination Project, and Michigan Department of Economic Development. Amy Joy Hosterman is the Program Director for ArtShape Mammoth, and is a Co-Founder and Director of the Visitor Center Artist Camp in Ewen, MI, where she has developed comprehensive clay programming for a near-wilderness artist residency and sustainable practices symposium, creating sculpture from the local clay deposits through hand-processing, testing, formulating, 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 community art. He has managed a non-profit teaching wood shop, worked in the preservation bindery at a large public library, hosted custom sextoy crafting workshops, opened an anarchist community center, and received several public art grants. Nowadays, he mostly enjoys drawing, documentary photography, and helping others create objects and situations.
In addition to reinventing the contemporary arts institution, he currently 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.
LIZ ENSZ was born in Minnesota to a resourceful family of penny-savers, metal scrappers, and curators of cast-offs. She received her BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN; Spaces, Cleveland, OH; Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; and Goucher College, Baltimore, MD. Ensz has been awarded Fellowship Residencies at Salem Art Works, Playa, and Blue Mountain Center, and has been the recipient of The Creative Baltimore Fund Grant, The Gilroy Roberts Fellowship for Engraving, The Edes Fellowship Semi-finalist Prize, and The Gelman Travel Fellowship.
LUFEI SUN is an international curator and artists’ broker, born in Shanghai, now living in Shanghai and New York.
LuFei finished her BFA from Shanghai University in 2008, and worked professionally as an artist, curator, and marketer in Shanghai for many years before she earned her MFA from Champlain College in 2015. She has professional experience in marketing and public relations in China, and is deeply familiar with the Chinese markets for art and luxury goods. She is also knowledgeable about traditional Chinese and Western art, as well as digital media and other emerging artforms. She has many years of professional artistic achievement, including Chinese elaborate painting, visual design and digital filmmaking.
Lufei curated and organized such projects as The 50th Anniversary of France and China’s series of events on Impressionist Masters, Claude Monet Exhibition, 200th Anniversary of Verdi’s Birth and the 15th Anniversary of the Completion of the Shanghai Grand Theatre, Mirco-Experience Exhibition in Shanghai, West Bund 2013 A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art in Shanghai, AMRTA on Water, Top Luxury Brands’ Exhibition in Ningbo, and Yan Wenliang Arts Awards in Suzhou, among others.
JAMES LENTZ is indefatigable in his pursuit of art as a viable life course option. He received his BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and is currently working on his MFA from the University of the Autodidact with a concentration on All Media and Everything Else. Lentz is the Foundry Coordinator and Casting Instructor at the Steel Yard, Providence, R.I., Foundry Coordinator for the traveling aluminum foundry for Art Shape Mammoth and the Visitor Center Artist Camp, in Michigan, He is currently on the steering committee for the 2015 National Conference of Cast Iron Art held at Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL. James creates new sculpture and installations in any material for shows around the nation. He spends his "off-time" as an amateur graphic designer, designing and building furniture, screen-printing fabric, drinking coffee, and otherwise living.
MELISSA SCLAFANI grew up on Long Island (pronounced Lawn-Guyland), New York in an Italian-American family where each Sunday dinner was at 3 pm with just her immediate family - 30 some-odd-people. Her large, loud family has triggered her desire to work with communities and her dancing background made her very aware of the human body and its limits. She received her BFA in sculpture from SUNY New Paltz in 2009. She's participated in residencies and exhibitions across the US including Wayfarers in Brooklyn, NY; Franconia Sculpture Park in Franconia, MN; Salem Art Works in Salem, NY; The Contemporary Artists Center in Troy, NY; and Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, CO. She currently resides in a small town outside of Boulder, CO where she is an MFA candidate in Sculpture and Post Studio Practices at the University of Colorado at Boulder.