Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – movement

K Sherman

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – movement
Region: Minneapolis, MN
MacDowell Fellowships: 2003, 2010, 2017, 2023

Kaz K Sherman's work incorporates her background in dance, writing, theater, music, and the handyman arts. She choreographs and performs, builds sets and props, designs sound and video, and writes text. Her investigations in craft and visual art, including glassblowing, woodworking, and sculpture illuminate how the body extends to and through other materials, culminating in an interdependent world where objects elucidate bodies, choreography is language, and words become tools.

Her work as a freelance stage technician, technical director, and production manager for over 25 years has become an inseparable part of her process, and a way to serve other artists and the field at large.

Kaz’s honors include an Alpert Award, a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, multiple McKnight Foundation Fellowships in choreography and dance, and a NY Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award.

At MacDowell in 2003, Kaz was working on "Cold Comfort", a dance performance piece in Antarctica exploring how desire and sensuality emerge from loss and longing. In 2010, she worked on several solos, conducted preliminary research on an experimental group project, and created music, performance soundscapes, and visual installations. In 2017, she worked on a new work exploring blood, astronomy, and the 1980 workplace murder of a laboratory technician.

During her 2023 Fellowship, Kaz created choreography, text, video, sculpture, and drawings for a project exploring disembodiment, dying, dancing, sex, hospice, and hopelessness.



K Sherman worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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