Margaret Coleman

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Biography

Margaret Coleman completed her BFA at the University of Minnesota in 2005 and her MFA at Pratt Institute in 2009.  Her graduated education focused in the New Forms of Art program, in which she received both honors and achievement awards.  She has also garnered several accolades for her artwork and her work with the community, including the Jerome Foundation Fellowship and Residency for Lanesboro Art Center in 2005. She was a two-time recipient of the St Louis Park Arts and Culture Grant, 2007 and 2008, and returned this summer from a fellowship and residency in Iceland, where she spent three months creating work in a small fishing village. She is also one of the founders of the Belfry Center Collective, a space in Minneapolis that hosted a nontraditional gallery, free school, lending library, and show space. One of her current projects includes starting a collectively run and sustainable artist residency program in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Statement

I like it when things happen. My pieces frequently contain performative elements and comment on relationship and intimacy. Art is easy, immediate, and merged with everyday life. Let’s have galleries that pop up for one night and then are gone by morning, leaving only the memory of the night; what happened and what the art looked like. Fire hydrants are a ready source of water for outdoor papermaking and the sun can dry it. Let’s teach what we know to each other for free. Instead of trying to sell art, let’s just make what we want to make! Above all, there is no cause for boredom.