Photo by Martha Enzmann (with Trish Anderson Poppy, Lacoste, France)

Photo by Martha Enzmann (with Trish Anderson Poppy, Lacoste, France)

Martha Enzmann



Martha Enzmann's pursuits include painting, sculpture, photography, performance, video, design, environmental and community work.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she was honored as Alumna of the Year in 1999.  Her work is included in many collections throughout the United States and she has done work in Germany and France.  She creates out of her studios in Todd, North Carolina and International Falls, Minnesota.


"Beauty is necessary."





1989, M.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

1983, B.F.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Corporate and Community Engagement:


Co-founder and artistic director, Elkland School Art Center, a non-profit community art organization with four focus areas: workshops/exhibitions, community parades, puppet shows and documentary video.  Todd, NC.


Co-founder, CFO, president, Elkland Handwerke, Inc., a for-profit corporation producing local handmade furniture, architectural features, household items, rug designs, sculpture, fiber items, installations and paintings, as well as design and materials consultations.


Co-founder, Blackburn House, an intentional community, and President of board, Blackburn Community Outreach, a faith-rooted community development organization committed to the vitality of Todd, NC and associated with Blackburns’ Chapel United Methodist Church, Todd, NC.        

Selected Multi-Media Projects:


Ruby Dragon, with Karen McVay Butch, a red dragon for 5 people accompanied by 8 lanterns and lantern bearers commissioned for SCAD’s 40th Anniversary.


La Grand Parade at SCAD Lacoste, with Karen McVay Butch, assisting artist Sam Lasseter in the creation of a parade, commissioned by the Savannah College of Art and Design for their campus in Lacoste, France.  Summer, 2016.


Design, presentation, group engagement and construction oversight of 11 stained glass windows, Blackburns’ Chapel United                   Methodist Church, Todd, NC, 2014-2015.


Founder and artistic director of the annual 4th of July Liberty Parade, Todd, NC, 2006 – 2013.

Director, “The Land Sustains Us, A Todd Story”, a documentary film about land use in Todd, NC.  2008 – 2012


Flowers for LaCoste, an installation of giant artificial flowers for LaCoste campus, Savannah College of Art and Design, LaCoste, France.  November, 2011.


Jailhouse Lanterns, with Karen McVay Butch, installation in an old jailhouse of gigantic lanterns for Design Week, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.  May, 2010


30 Pearls, with Karen McVay Butch, a performance of 30 pearl-like figures, commissioned by SCAD for their 30th Anniversary.


Two parades and two exhibits commissioned by Savannah College of Art and Design, a collaboration with Karen McVay Butch to create and coordinate a parade for 86 people at the Place Pompideau, Paris, France and a parade during a theater festival in Avignon, France.  Accompanied by two “Parade” exhibits by Karen McVay Butch and Martha Enzmann, at the Mona Bismarck Foundation, Paris, France, and at the SCAD campus, Lacoste, France..  July 2004.

Selected Commissions:                 

Flowers for LaCoste, an outdoor installation of 65 metal and vinyl pieces for the Savannah College of Art and Design campus in LaCoste,France, 2010-2011

Two installations for Savannah College of Art and Design Hong Kong campus, 2011 (fabric hangings) and2017 (lanterns)        

Martha Enzmann for New River Artisans, design for a line of nature-based rugs, Piney Creek, NC

Area rugs and paintings for Camp Cascade, Linville, NC, 1999-2001

Two monumental marble, granite and serpentine sculptures for Philip and Muriel Berman, Allentown, PA

Dancers, a two component floating sculpture for pond, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL

Stacked stone vessel sculpture, Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL


Regional Artist Project Grant, NC, 2013

Al Smith Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council, 1993

Kentucky Arts Council Artists Assistance Grant, 1992


Phi Beta Kappa, Alumna of the Year, Savannah College of Art and Design, 1998

Selected Publications:                 

Let the Parade Begin, Elkland Art Center Liberty Parade, High Country Magazine, July 2014

Creating a Community Parade, Martha Enzmann with Judi Jetson, published by Handmade in America, 2013.

Visiter Rivee Le Savannah College, pp. 3-6, Elle Magazine (French version), February-March 2013

Masked Appeal, Martha Enzmann evokes awe through fanciful puppets and parades, WNC magazine, May 2012 (

Back to School in Todd, pp. 3-5, special bonus section for NC readers featuring Martha Enzmann’s and Tom Sternal’s conversion of an old school into an art center, Carolina Living: People & Places, Southern Living Magazine, January 2005

Parade, exhibition catalog for Parade, a Savannah College of Art and Design exhibit of works by Martha Enzmann, Karen McVay Butch and Karl Lagerfeld, Mona Bismarck Foundation, Paris, France, 2004

A Guide to the Sculpture Parks and Gardens of America, Jane McCarthy and Laurily K. Epstein, Michael Kesend Publishing, Ltd., New York, 1996 (Cover image)