M. Carmen Lane (b. Cleveland, 1975) is a two:spirit African-American and Haudenosaunee (Mohawk/Tuscarora) artist, cultural worker, poet, popular educator and consultant living in Kahyonhá:ke (Cleveland, Ohio).  Carmen attended Earlham College receiving their BA in Women’s Studies with a focus in feminist art history, theory & criticism and later earned their MS in Organization Development & Change from American University. Their work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including the Lambda Literary Award nominated Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two Spirit Literatures. Carmen’s first collection of poetry is Calling Out After Slaughter (GTK Press, 2015).  They are the founder and director of ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership, an urban retreat center and social practice experiment in holistic health, leadership development and Indigenous arts & culture located in the historic Buckeye neighborhood. Carmen is a member of NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science and Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. Carmen recently completed an artist residency with the Creative Fusion 2018 Cohort Data Arts Edition. In 2016, they became a birth/postpartum and end-of-life doula www.atnscdoula.com

IG: m_crmnlne


Ritualizing Resistance: Paris Is Burning, Candomblé & Alternative Spaces of Blackness, a speculative public musing on the kinship between Black/Latinx house ballroom communities within North America and the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé, Wondershop 2019

Artists on Art: M. Carmen Lane on Sondra Perry, A Terrible Thing, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland 2019

Spirit As Materiality: Nurturing An Ancestor Based Creative Practice, Artist-in-Residence Workshop/Artist Talk, Karamu House 2019

Material Memory: The Altar As Archive, Artist Talk/Studio Visit (with Cleveland Museum of Art 2019 DAMLI Fellows) Karamu House, 2019


Skin Hunger/The Artist As Caregiver, In The Presence of Absence EFA Project Space end_notes 1, 2019

SPACES AWARDS THE FINAL URGENT ART FUND GRANT OF 2019, SUPPORTED BY CUYAHOGA ARTS & CULTURE https://www.spacescle.org/news/2019/05/16/spaces-awards-the-final-urgent-art-fund-grant-of-2019-supported-by-cuyahoga-arts-culture?fbclid=IwAR1fAumAfeVSMTKKEeysgwjkVci2pT-OkWDScIFDna1nwpzQPRmcX65ri1k

Moderator, For Freedoms Town Hall: Love Is A Political Act, MOCA Cleveland, 2019

Materializing Memory and Trauma https://hyperallergic.com/497990/in-the-presence-of-absence-efa-project-space/

In The Presence of Absence http://www.nyartbeat.com/event/2019/63E3 EFA PROJECT SPACE, 2019

Artist Talk/Panel Discussion CROSSING THE WATER: REQUIEM FOR LEE HOWARD DOBBINS (Johnny Coleman) SPACES Gallery, 2019

Panelist, For Freedoms Town Hall: Exploring Direct Action, from Then to Now, MOCA Cleveland, 2019

Creative Fusion Data Edition Residency https://www.clevelandfoundation.org/news_items/creative-fusion-data-edition-residency-will-explore-intersections-among-art-technology-and-environmental-justice/

M. Carmen Lane: Artist Talk, SPACES Gallery, 2018

An Artist Honors Tamir Rice, One Orange Object at a Time https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/29/arts/design/tamir-rice-cleveland-triennial-orange-rakowitz.html, 2018

Can the FRONT Triennial Redefine the Meaning of Cleveland? Yes, But Not in the Way You Think https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/front-triennial-cleveland-review-1320443, 2018

M. Carmen Lane: The State of Contemporary Art in Cleveland https://www.arthopper.org/carmen-lane-interview, 2018

Artist Talk/Dialogue Matriarchs, Muffins, & Art Forms (with Terri Monture) Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto, 2017