Biography

Coral Penelope Lambert is internationally recognized for working in cast iron as well as producing large scale outdoor pieces. British born Lambert is currently Head of Sculpture at Alfred University, New York where she also directs the National Casting Center’s Foundry Program. She studied at Central School of Art in London, Canterbury College of Art, Kent and received her MFA in Sculpture from Manchester in 1990. As an International Research Fellow in Cast Metals at the University of Minnesota from 1996 – 1999 she contemporized ancient metal casting processes. In 2006 she Chaired the International Conference on Cast Iron Art in Ironbridge, England taking the conference across the atlantic for the first time.

Over the past 23 years Lambert has presented her work in panels, lectures and exhibitions including the Barbican Center, London, Franconia Sculpture Park, MN, ‘Convergence’ in Providence, Grounds For Sculpture, NJ, Chicago’s Pier Walk, Salem Art Works, NY, Pirrkala Sculpture Park in Finland, HuiAn, China, Museum of Steel Sculpture in Ironbridge, Museum without Walls, International Sculpture Conferences in Seatle, Houston, Chicago and New Orleans, The National Metal Museum in Memphis, Governors Island, Manhattan, Salem Castle, Germany and Kidwelly Caste in Wales.

She is the recipient of many awards including the Gottlieb Foundation Award, Jerome Fellowship, and the Joan Mitchell Grant.


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EDUCATION 


1995 - 98     
International Research Fellow/Artist University of Minnesota, USA.

1989 - 91     Master of Fine Arts Sculpture, Manchester Metropolitan University, England.

1986 - 89     B.A. in Fine Arts Canterbury School of Art, Kent, England.


1985 - 86     Central School of Art Foundation Studies, London, England.

1983 - 85     St Josephs College Visual Arts + Art History, London, England.

AWARDS

2006     Gottlieb Foundation Award New York, New York, USA

2005     Jerome Fellowship Award Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, Minnesota, USA

             Spring Board for the Arts St Paul, Minnesota, USA

2004     Artists Fellowship Louisiana Division of The Arts Baton Rouge, LA, USA

2001     Forecast Public Art  Public Art Affairs Project Discover Sculpture Explore Lanesboro’

1999     Forecast Public Art  Research and Development Grant for 'Monuments to Meteorites'

1998     Artist of Extraordinary Ability 01 Visa. Awarded by US Immigration + Naturalization.

1997     Jerome Fellow Emerging Artist Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN, USA.

1997     British Arts Council 'Alchemy in the UK' Yew Tree Farm Studios Suffolk, England.

1994      Lake Regional Arts Council New York Mills Outstanding Artist Award, NY Mills, MN

1991     Young Contemporaries London, England

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2006         
'In the Footsteps of Giants'
Invitational Outdoor Cast Iron Sculpture Exhibition, Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge World Heritage Site, England.

Iron 2006 Group Show in Conjunction with The 5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, Ironbridge World Heritage Site, England

2005
Lincolnwood Sculpture Park Collection of International Outdoor Sculpture, IL, USA

Chicago Sculpture Works 'Molten Metal' Inaugural Exhibition, Chicago, IL, USA

Franconia Sculpture Park 'Annual Celebration of Sculpture' (Jerome Fellowship Recipient)

Red Mug Gallery 'Aurora Pours' Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture, Superior, WI, USA

Navy Pier Walk Juror, Peter Schjeldahl (Art Critic, New Yorker) 3D Chicago, International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Chicago, IL, USA

19th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition Curator, Brooke Barrie (Director, Grounds For Sculpture) Appalachian Mountains, North Carolina, USA


New Mexico Highlands University 'Iron Tribe' Symposium + Exhibition, NMHU, Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA

Big Top Gallery 'Femme Fatale' Group Show, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

International Sculpture Works 'Snowbird Iron Pour Workshop + Exhibition of Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture, New Orleans, LA, USA

2004 International Sculpture Fall Sculpture Symposium ISC Conference Party + Open Studio Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, USA



The Waiting Room Gallery
'Omnipresence' Solo Show + Installation, New Orleans, LA, USA

Big Top Gallery 'Maiden Louisiana' Group Exhibition of Women Sculptors, New Orleans, LA, USA


Carroll Gallery 'Sculptors Drawings' in conjunction with the ISC Fall Sculpture Symposium, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA

 
Historic Sloss Furnaces Museum
'In Site - On Site' Invitational Biennale of Outdoor Sculpture, Birmingham, Al, USA

2003
Coral Lambert     Pirkkala International Sculpture Symposium, Pirkkala, Finland.

LSU Sculpture Garden Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

2002
Grounds for Sculpture Invitational Exhibition ‘Cast Iron Sculpture of the 21st Century’ NJ

Convergence International Arts Festival, Providence, RI, 20 artists selected from over 250.

Franconia Sculpture Park Annual Exhibition of Sculpture, MN

2001
National Iron Pour Day, Tulane University Art Dept, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Iron Butterfly, Franconia Sculpture Park, Minnesota.

2000 Art on Paper, The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina.

West Bend Sculpture Park  Exhibition Collection, Wisconsin, USA

Pier Walk 3D Chicago, International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Chicago, IL


Iron Range : From the Mesabi to the Cascades, 3 sculptors at the Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

Art Ecology The Delgado Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tweed Museum The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture, Duluth, MN.

Pier Walk Maquette Show Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Catherine Murphy Gallery 'Fe Mme' Symposium + Exhibition of Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture, St Catherines College, Saint Paul, MN.

Transferrous Mount Hood, Portland, OR.

1999

Convergence XII
International Arts Festival, Providence, Rhode Island.

Burlington County Sculpture Garden, New Jersey.

A Small Irony Invitational Exhibition and 30th Annual Iron Pour, U of Minnesota.

1998 

Franconia Sculpture Park
'Celebration of Sculpture', MN.

Ferroscious Part of the International Sculpture Conference Body Builder Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Gateway Sculpture Park Mpls, MN.

The Healing Garden Exhibition The Northfield Center, MN.

1997
New York Mills Sculpture Park 'Inaugural Exhibition' New York Mills, MN.

Nobles County Art Center 'Lunar Mansions' Solo Show MN, USA

 
Two British Artists 'Kaleidoscopes' at New York Mills Cultural Center, MN.

Franconia Sculpture Park 'Terrestrial Arcanum' Shafer, MN.

Garden of Sculpture 'Star Gazer' Hamline Plaza, St Paul, MN.

Franconia Sculpture Park Benefit Exhibition Wyman Gallery Building, Mpls, MN.

1996

The Soap Factory
'Cosmic Reliquary' @ 'Room' 1105
th Ave SE, Mpls, MN.

Katherine E Nash Gallery, Solo Show 'Fire and Stardust', University of Minnesota, Mpls, MN.

Franconia Sculpture Park Inaugural Show to Open the Park, Shafer, MN.

'A Small Irony' U of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

1995

Castlefield Gallery
'Jolly Peril Paradise' Juried exhibition, , Manchester, England.

Manor House Sculpture Garden 'Sculpture in the Garden', Marple, Stockport, England.

1994     Brighton Women's Sculpture Park Brighton, Sussex, England.

1993     Dukes Gallery 'Dead Pan' part of the Manchester Festival of Arts, England.

1992     Hannah Peschar Gallery and Sculpture Garden 'One Woman Show' Surrey, England

The Barbican Center of Arts 'Avant Garden' Monumental Sculpture Show, London, England.

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

2006                 Tondu Historic Ironworks Heritage Park Wales, UK.

2003                 Iron House Algiers Point, New Orleans, LA, USA

2000 - 01          Discover Sculpture Explore Lanesboro Collaborative Public Art Sculpture, Lanesboro, MN, USA

1999- 2000       Sign Language and Braille Sculpture 'Tree Bracelets' Western Sculpture Park, St Paul, MN, USA

                         'Poetry Sculpture' JJ Hill School, Saint Paul, MN

                         Mobile and Public Sculpture Greenleaf Elementary, Apple Valley, MN.

1998                 Cast Iron Sundials for Eisenhower Elementary School, Hopkins and JJ Hill School.

1997                 'Cast Iron Corn' A collaborative community public sculpture at New York Mills. An 800ft long fence around the sculpture park.

1994                 'Night and Day' Public Sculpture, Wilmington, Manchester, England.

                         'Mother and Child' Sculpture, Manchester, England.

1992                  Wedgewood Memorial Sculpture Park 'Tree Hugging’, Staffordshire, England.

1990                  Cyprus School of Art Sculpture Park, Lemba, Cyprus.

Manchester School of Business 'Lunar Vibrations', England.

Channel 4 National Television. Sculpture constructed Live on television. London.

RESIDENCIES

2006 Museum of Steel Sculpture Artist-in-Residence, Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale, UK.

2005 Franconia Sculpture Park Jerome Fellowship, Shafer, Minnesota, USA

2001 Rochester Institute of Technology, NY Visiting Sculptor for ‘The Big Pour’ Symposium.

2000 Semester Artist in Residence at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

         New Orleans Green Project Mardi Gras Iron Pour, The Green Project, New Orleans, LA, USA.

         The 4th US/UK Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture Project. Franconia Sculpture Park, MN.


1999 New Orleans, Millenium Iron Pour, Green Project, LO, USA

         Mount Hood College, Volcanoes, Portland, Oregon, USA

         The 3rd US/UK Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture Project. Yew Tree Farm, Suffolk, UK.

         University of North Carolina at Greensboro two week residency with Iron Casting Event.

1998 The 2nd US/UK Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture Project. Franconia Sculpture Park, MN.

         University of North Carolina at Greensboro one week residency with Iron Casting Event.

1997 The 1st US/UK Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture Project. Yew Tree Farm, Suffolk, UK.

         Saint Catherine's College one week Sculpture Residency, Saint Paul, MN, USA.

         Anarug Arts Festival Primitive Casting Site Development, Stillwater, MN, USA.

1996 - 99 International Research Fellow/Artist in Sculpture at the University of Minnesota, Mpls, USA.

         Franconia Sculpture Park Shafer, MN, USA.

1995 The Northern Warehouse Artists Coop, St Paul, MN, USA.

1994 Cyprus College of Art Sculpture Park Lempa, Cyprus : New York Mills Arts Retreat New York Mills, MN, USA.

1993 Cotswold Community Children's Home Ashton Keynes, The Cotswolds, England.

1990 Cyprus College of Art Sculpture Park Lempa, Cyprus.

TEACHING

2006 Sunderland University, UK and Carmarthen School of Art, Wales

2005 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Visiting Artist in Residence, Chicago, IL, USA

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Visiting Artist/Iron Symposium

Wolverhampton University, Sheffield Hallam Univeristy and The Royal College of Art, London.

2002/3      Louisiana State University, Visiting Professor of Art, Sculpture.

2002         University of North Carolina, Visiting Artist/Faculty for the Spring Semester.

2001         St Johns University, MN Visiting Sculptor to teach and conduct Iron Casting Workshop

2000         University of North Carolina at Greensboro Visiting Artist/Faculty for the Fall Semester.

                 
                College of Visual Arts,
Adjunct Faculty in Sculpture, Saint Paul, MN, USA.

1996         Royal College of Art, Visiting Artist, M.F.A program. London, England.

1993-95    The Wirral Metropolitan University, Adjunct Faculty in Suclpture, Cheshire, England.

1993         Northwich School of Art, Adjunct Faculty in Sculpture, Cheshire, England.

REVIEWS + ARTICLES

International Sculpture Magazine Iron Bridging Art + Technology' Oct 2005

The London Independent 'After Katrina' Sept 2005

Minnesota Artists . Org 'What would an Artist Do? : How you can help in the wake of a Storm' Sept 2005

Minnesota Artists . Org 'Aurora Pours : Thoughts about Iron' Aug 2005

Times Picayune 'Divining Sexual Symbols' Oct 2004

Best of New Orleans 'Maiden Louisiana' Nov 2004

'Brit transplant Coral Lambert waxes poetic on the back wall with stanzas of verse traversed by cast-iron wings in 'Fly by Night', which offers tantalizing contrasts between soaring words and densely heavy wings.'

International Sculpture Magazine "Pirkkala Sculpture Park" May, 2004, 20-21.

The Providence Journal Sculpture Showcase’, Convergence, Cover Story. Sept 2002

City Pages, MN 'A Room of Ones Own’ Installation Review 1996.

'Coral Lambert's "Cosmic Reliquary," in which hand-cast fertility idols, swords, and other talismanic objects rest on fake fur stands--all laid out in a room with walls of magenta mylar, and peepholes encircled in glitter. Such seemingly incompatible materials make "Cosmic Reliquary" a sacred space that's flaky and funky at the same time; I was especially partial to the simple but ingenious means by which Lambert made mere holes in the floor seem as if they lead into another dimension.'

WDSU Channel 6 News 'Bronze Casting Live in the Artists Studio’ New Orleans 2002. Public Art Review 'Discover Sculpture, Explore Lanesboro’ Review 2002. ‘Red Dot’ Visual Arts Magazine New Orleans Sculpture Lab’ Article 2001. The Leader, MN Lanesboro Heats Up’ July 2001. The Duluth Tribune ‘Iron Fill’ April 2000. The Duluth Tribune Art Review’ Tweed Museum Review April 2000. Saint Paul Pioneer Press US/UK Cast Iron Symposium’ Review 2000. Saint Paul Pioneer Press 'Tree Bracelets’ October 2000. Burlington County Times, NJ ‘A Garden of Art’ Cover Story October 1999. East Anglican Daily Times, UK ‘Hot Stuff’ 1999. The Advocate, Portland, OR. ‘Creative Sparks Fly’ November 1999. Green Gumbo, Louisiana Visit from Sculptor Coral Lambert’ 1999. ‘ArtScape’ 'Iron Woman' Interview Article 1998. Saint Paul Pioneer Press Ironic Art’ Cover Story, US/UK 1998. New York Mills Herald Cast Iron Corn’ Cover Story July 1997. Sculpture Magazine Franconia Sculpture Park’ Article 1997. The Star Tribune, MNGarden of Sculpture’ June 1996. The Twin Cities Reader, MN 'Rooms’ Review 1996. The Guardian, UK ‘Cyprus Roadside Sculptures’ Article 1994. Manchester Evening News, UK Jolly Peril Paradise’ Review 1991. The Guardian, UK ‘Young Contemporaries Exhibition’ Review 1991.

CATALOGUES

'Navy Pier Walk' 3D Chicago 2005, ‘19th Rosen Sculpture Competition', 'Pirkkala Sculpture Symposium, Finland 2003, 'Convergence XV’ Providence, RI. 2002 , ‘Public Art Affairs’, Forecast Public Art. 2001, ‘Contemporary Sculpture’ Tweed Museum, 2000, ‘Art on Paper’ Wetherspoon Art Gallery, 2000, ‘Public Art Saint Paul’, Millennium Report. 2000, ‘Public Art Affairs’, Forecast Public Art. 1999 ‘Convergence X11’ Providence, RI, 1999, ‘Burlington County Sculpture Garden’, NJ, 1999, ‘Gateway Sculpture Project’, Mpls, MN, 1998, ‘Jolly Peril Paradise’ Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK 1994, ‘The Avant Garden’ Barbican Center, London 1991.

COLLECTIONS

John Perry Architects, Felecia Glidden, The Welsh Arts Council, Dilys Jackson, John + Tasha Hock, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, The Carol Cole Collection, West Bend Sculpture Park, Franconia Sculpture Park, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, University of Minnesota, New York Mills Cultural Center and Sculpture Park, Tamsie Ringler, Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden and Gallery, Wedgewood Memorial Sculpture Park, The Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE + CONFERENCES

2004-06 The 5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art Ironbridge, England. Co-Chair (Steering Committee Member since '99)

1997- present US/UK Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture International Founding Director

2002 International Conference on Cast Iron Art Johnson Atelier, NJ, USA Steering Committee Member

2001 International Sculpture Conference, Pittsburg. PA, USA Moderator

2000 ‘Fe Mme’ A Symposium and Exhibition of Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture, Saint Katherine’s College, Saint Paul, MN, USA Curator

1999 Southern Conference on Cast Iron Art AL, USA Panel Presenter

1998/99 Western Sculpture Park Saint Paul Public Art, Saint Paul, MN, USA Education Program Director

1998 International Conference on Cast Iron Art Johnson Atelier, NJ, USA Panel Presenter, Demonstrator, Choreographer + Performer

1998/99 Gateway Sculpture Project Mpls, MN, USA Co-Founder + Curator

1997/98 New York Mills Sculpture Park MN, USA Board Member + Curator

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