Panel: The Artist as Culture Producer

Sharon Louden, Tweed Museum, 2015- 2016
Justin Favela Pinata Motel
Justin Favela, Pinata Motel, Life is Beautiful Festival, downtown Las Vegas, 2016. Photo by Krystal Ramirez
Feb. 6, 2017

The Artist as Culture Producer

April 10, 2017, 7pm, Barrick Museum Auditorium 

Join Settlers + Nomads and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art for The Artist as Culture Producer, a lively panel discussion about the impact of visual artists on their communities. This panel marks the return to Las Vegas of the renowned Minneapolis artist Sharon Louden, who packed out Trifecta Gallery in April 2014 with an event based on her first book, “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists” (2013). The Barrick conversation will form part of an international tour for her second book - also named “The Artist as Culture Producer” - which continues the program of artist-written essays already begun in “Creative Life”. This new collection challenges popular misconceptions about the artist as an isolated figure, arguing instead that artists “furnish measurable and innovative outcomes at the front lines of education, the non-profit sector, and corporate environments” (Louden). Moderated by the Barrick’s Interim Director Alisha Kerlin, the panel will feature local artists Andreana Donahue, Justin Favela, and Wendy Kveck, alongside Louden and the New York painter Clarity Haynes. The audience will be invited to join in a stimulating assessment of the ideas raised by the book. A public reception and book signing will follow. 

Multidisciplinary artist Andreana Donahue is co-founder and director of Disparate Minds, an interdisciplinary project which highlights and discusses the work of marginalized self-taught artists, inspired and informed by her years of experience as a practicing artist, facilitator, and dedicated disability rights advocate. Donahue directed her downtown Las Vegas gallery, Main Gallery, from 2007-09 . The Las Vegas based artist will appear in the Barrick’s 2017 Summer show, Tested Ground.

A Las Vegas artist whose work has appeared in museums across the country, Justin Favela is also the gallery director and curator of Clark County Visual Art Galleries. As co-founder of the popular podcast Latinos Who Lunch, he is an experienced debater and raconteur with a serious interest in the refraction of identity politics through the lenses of pop culture and current events. Favela’s art is a celebration of his life as a Nevadan of Guatemalan/Mexican heritage. 

Clarity Haynes is a feminist painter, writer and educator living in New York City. Her Breast Portrait Project is a multidisciplinary, socially engaged work that is grounded in the practice of painting from observation. She teaches drawing at Brooklyn College and painting at Trestle Gallery, and is a member of the Corpus VI art collective. She recently launched a new podcast featuring studio visits with artists, Magic Praxis

Artist Wendy Kveck has worked in Las Vegas with the non-profit Contemporary Arts Center, with city outreach programs, and as an arts educator and advocate. She is the founder and editor of Settlers + Nomads, a curated website featuring a presentation and discussion of contemporary art between local artists and artists with ties to Las Vegas. A retrospective of her work appeared at the Barrick Museum in 2015 as part of the three-artist exhibition, Kveck, Russ & Stellmon.

Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, artist advocate, and editor of the book series “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life.” A consultant for the Joan Mitchell Foundation and Senior Critic for the New York Academy of Art, she is active on the boards of numerous not-for-profit art organizations. Her work appears in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Yale University, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 

Sponsored by: 
Settlers + Nomads, Marc and Jill Abelman, InsideStyle, Breakthru Beverage, Nevada, and the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art 

Image: “Windows”, Sharon Louden, Tweed Museum, 2015-2016, Highly reflective (raw) aluminum sheets, colored aluminum strips, monofilament, steel screws, glue , Ceiling installation: 42’x42’, 25’