January 8 – February 16, 2019

  • Artist Reception, Thursday, January 17, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Lunchbox Artist Talk, Thursday, January 31, 12-1 pm
  • How I Make a Living as an Artist:
    • Kristy Kún, Monday, February 4, 5:30-7 pm
    • Pete Goldlust, Wednesday, February 13, 5:30-7 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 attempted the traditional path of seeking gallery representation for his installations and art work, but ended up in the field of public art through collaboration, luck and perseverance. 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.

Felted ridges artwork Kristy KunKristy Kún began with a business background in fine crafted wood furniture and transitioned into working in fiber arts. After moving to the Northwest 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 are unique in that it is done when the felt is 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 sales platforms.

A color catalog celebrating the careers of these two artists, and an exhibit of The Arts Center’s first cohort of resident artists, was published thanks to support from The Ford Family Foundation.


The Artist Accelerator is a foundations professional development program for visual artists, artisans, musicians and writers. Established and emerging artists work to gain career-building skills that boost economic proficiency and confidence. The program offers artist residencies, business development lectures and regular critique meetups.

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

Thanks to the Miller Foundation and Oregon Cultural Trust for their support of the Artist Accelerator Program.

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