January 8 – February 16, 2019

  • Artist Reception, Thur., January 17, 5:30-7:30 pm

The Arts Center Exhibitions and Artist Accelerator Programs are excited to showcase the work of two successful mid-career artists, Pete Goldlust and Kristy Kún. Both forged two very different career paths that allow them to be successful full time artists.Their creativity extends beyond the artwork they produce, to include the means with which they have crafted their careers. What they have in common is careers that did not follow straight lines, and both said Yes to creative collaborations that inspired their current work.

Goldlust started out as a studio artist, attended graduate school (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), then tried the traditional path of seeking gallery representation for his installations and art work, but ended up in the field of public art. His pivot point came from working on temporary arts installations in empty storefronts, and becoming a junior partner to an artist working in the public art field. Through their partnership Goldlust discovered the collaborative nature of public artwork gave him a lot of freedom to be creative, and that he enjoyed working with fabricators for large budget projects.

Kristy Kún came from a business background. When she moved to the Pacific Northwest, leaving behind a carpentry business, she began importing and reselling wool, hosting workshops and preparing textile samples of what she sold. Kún’s felt construction techniques are based on her knowledge of wood joinery, and is unique in that it is done when dry, before the actual wet and friction felting process.

She credits fellow artist Greg Wilbur’s invitation to join him at Frogwood Collaborative as a decisive moment in her career as a working artist. Frogwood is an annual gathering of professional artists and makers who share ideas with each other. Kún sees herself primarily as a collaborator, and this environment gave her the opportunity to work through her ideas with others.

Kún has continued with an entrepreneurial model for being an artist. She sells raw wool and kits with materials for projects, and teaches in her studio, at institutions here and abroad and through online platforms.

The Accelerator Program brings together established and emerging artists in a supportive, collaborative, interdisciplinary environment, and coordinates professional development programs open to the entire artist community. This show, corresponding workshops and catalog seeks to amplify professional practices that bring career success for artists, to inspire the to connect with community and ignite their passions for succeeding in the creative economy.

Showing in tandem with The Art of Being an Artist are four emerging artists sharing the Corrine Woodman Galleries after completing four-month artist residencies through the Artist Accelerator.


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