Michael Koliner is an artist born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He came into his sculptural practice with early experiences sneaking into steel mills and building skateparks. Michael graduated from The Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor's in Fine Art for interdisciplinary sculpture and art history. Since then he has built sculpture in order to incite movement and contemplation. His projects range from wooden/ mud structures, digitally fabricated objects and performance. He has shown with Fung Collaboratives in Washington D.C for the exhibition Nonuments in 2014 as a part of the 5x5 Project, and was invited by FC again this past year for his solo public art demonstration Harambee in Redwood City, California. Last summer he was awarded: Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center's Fallow Grounds Residency, Penland School of Craft's Nancy Windgate Fellowship, and Vermont Studio Center's Artist Supporting Artist Fellowship with Nari Ward. He is now a teacher at Techshop Pittsburgh and The Mattress Factory.