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Mary Callahan Baumstark

Born and raised in  Montana, with a deep and abiding love of all things natural – big skies, low humidity, mountains, and rivers – I moved to the grey, concrete jungle of Toronto in 2014, where I discovered new loves like long walks, getting lost, autumn, and the city at night. I am a maker, of jewelry and ceramic objects. My most recent craftivist performance was entitled "The Menstrual Cup Project." I'm a lapsed poet. I received my bachelor of fine arts from the University of Montana, Missoula, with an emphasis in ceramics, in 2013. I joined the Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories Masters cohort at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Canada in the fall of 2014 and finished in April 2016. During my time at OCAD University, I taught and lectured for art history classes, providing study skills, test preparation, and course concept instruction. My research, Craftivist Clay: Resistance and Activism in Contemporary Ceramics, focused on the emergence of ceramic craftivism in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia (1989-2016) and the influences of feminism, DIY, and performance on the studio ceramic community. The research was awarded OCAD University's Graduate Exhibition Medal in 2016.

I am currently the executive director of the Lewistown Art Center in central Montana. My time is spent curating monthly exhibitions, running a shop that consigns work from more than 150 inter-mountain artists, programming cultural events, and administrating an arts education non-profit. 

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The Im-ple-ment Archive is simultaneously a collection of objects to be used, a collaborative method of making, an interrogation of craft practices and intersections, and an ongoing contemporary artwork.