Awardee: Martha Colburn

Moving Image, 2015

Martha Colburn grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. There, she began her art career, exhibiting her work at county fairs. During her high school education, she was invited to attend courses at the Gettysburg College. From there she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and Design in Baltimore. After graduating with a BA in Painting, she released six records developed from various collaborations and created numerous Super 8mm and 16mm films. Colburn attended an art residency at Royal Academy of Visual Art in the Netherlands from 2000-2002, and began exhibiting multimedia art installations. Colburn has also participated in residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Her films are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and her film Triumph of the Wild is permanently on show at the Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany.

Project: Western Wild...or How I Found Wanderlust and Met Old Shatterhand

Western Wild...or how I found Wanderlust and met Old Shatterhand is a densely textured documentary about a filmmaker making a film about the famed German author Karl May.  The film weaves through a mixture of stop motion animation, interview, travelogue and biography that itself is enough to generate sensory Wanderlust.