Lauren Kalman

Lauren Kalman

Chair and Professor


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Lauren Kalman


Lauren Kalman is a visual artist and internationally recognized jeweler and metalsmith, based in Detroit. Her practice is invested in contemporary craft, video, photography and performance. Through her work she investigates beauty, adornment, body image, and the built environment. Kalman completed her PhD in Practice-led Research from the School of Art and Design at the Australian National University. She has an MFA in Art and Technology from the Ohio State University and earned a BFA with a focus in Metals from the Massachusetts College of Art.

Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Cranbrook Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Mint Museum, World Art Museum in Beijing, and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris among others. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, and the Korean Ceramics Foundation.

She has been awarded residencies at the Corning Museum of Glass, Bemis Center, Australian National University, Corporation of Yaddo, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and Haystack. She has received Chenven Foundation, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Puffin Foundation West, and ISE Cultural Foundation grants.

She was a Curatorial Fellow at the Center for Craft from 2019-2020. In 2020 she received the Françoise van den Bosch Award for her career’s impact on the jewelry field, in 2022 she received the Raphael Founders Prize in Glass from Contemporary for Craft, and in 2023 she was named a Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow.

At Wayne State Kalman's teaching includes:

  • Core Studio
  • Ceramcis
  • Metalsmithing
  • Senior Seminar in Visual Arts
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Graduate Studio

(Headshot by Cybelle Codish)

Areas of Expertise

First-year Art and Design, Metalsmtihing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Digital Art

Degrees and Certifications

PhD. The Australian National University

MFA. The Ohio State University

BFA. Massachusetts College of Art

Apprentice. Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture

Courses taught by Lauren Kalman

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