Born in rural Pennsylvania, Martha Colburn is an artist filmmaker based in Pennsylvania, USA and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She travels extensively exhibiting and lecturing on her work. She has a B.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art and MA equivalent from Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunst in the Netherlands.
In the 2007 Sundance Film Festival she was invited to initiate the ‘New Frontiers’ film and video installation program, with ‘Meet Me In Wichita” and in 2008 to opened the Museum of Art and Design (NY) with a live performance of films and music. In 2010 two of her films joined the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In 2013 her film ‘Metamorfoza’ was invited to participate in the series ‘Visual Arts’ by curator of the Collection de Bruin‐Heijn and performed by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a 2015 recipient of the Creative Capital Award for film for the production of ‘Western Wild’. Recipient of the Mondriaan Foundations Working Artist Grant in 2016, she also did a number of performances including Amsterdam Art Week (with singer/ songwriter Rita Braga and Into the Great Wide Open Festival-with musician Jacco Gardner and cellist Helena Espvall. She also had a film retrospective screening in the Center for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona, Spain.
In 2017 her film ‘Metamorfoza’ was included in the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image in Frankfurt, Germany and participated in the Mondriaan Foundations’ Delta Workers Art Residency in New Orleans, LA, USA. Her films are included in a number of exhibitions and films premiering in Sundance Film Festival (a collaboration with the performance artist ‘Narcissister’ and she is included in the Rotterdam International Film Festival with a live performance with composer Jeroen Kimmans’ musical group ‘Orquesta del Tiempo Perdido’ and her newest film, created with a grant from the Creative Capital Foundation Award for film ‘Western Wild…or how I found Wanderlust and met Old Shatterhand’.