Clayton Campbell is a cultural producer; working as a visual artist, stage designer, exhibition organizer, arts administrator, project fundraiser, consultant, cultural program designer and prolific writer.

His most recent exhibitions include The Wrong Biennale, We’ve Been Dreaming of a Jungle, The Digital Arts Pavilion; Loop Art Critique Virtual Salon, Cohort 4 and 8 Presentations; 4 on-line portfolio features in The Eye of Photography, Paris;  Atlas of Affects at Slought Gallery, Philadelphia; on-line exhibition at South Devon College, United Kingdom; Wild Kingdom, at Coagula Curatorial in Los Angeles. Currently he is organizing the publication of 7 volumes his Collected Works- 1967-2022. They will accompany the archive of his work and professional papers being established at Highlands University, Las Vegas, Nevada.

He has had one person exhbitions at the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris; WYSPA Institute for Art; Gdansk Poland; International Center of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing; University of Capetown, South Africa; Unit 24 Gallery, London; Nam Jun Paik Center, South Korea; Higher Bridges Arts Center, Enniskellen, Northern Ireland; Museum of Mobile, Alabama; Los Angeles Museum of Art; Wonder Institute, Santa Fe; and the Exploratorium, San Francisco;

Clayton’s practice expanded over the years to become a cultural producer, pursuing his own studio and public practice while dedicated to working on behalf of artists and creative communities as an administrator, producer, and writer. Between 1995-2010 Clayton was the Co-Executive and Artistic Director of the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, which led to consulting posts with foundations on programming, governance, and cultural exchange including the Rockefeller Bellagio Center, the Cleveland Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation, and United States Artists. Other clients have included the Otis College of Art and Design, the Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA Center for Performing Arts, the Little Tokyo Service Center,  ARCAthens, Fountainhead Arts, and Oolite Arts, Miami.

The recipient of different awards, Clayton has received grants from the British Council, the Asian Cultural Council and the Trust for Mutual Understanding; a Durfee Foundation Fellowship; a MacDowell Colony Fellowship; and an artist in residence award at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In 2002 he was awarded the distinction of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.

Artist Statement

I make photographs, prints, drawings, paintings, write stories, publish books, and support other artists in their work.

My artwork communicates through the style of social commentary. My purpose is to convey observations about ethics, religion, social justice, non-violence, and the environment that will stimulate conversation which leads to positive change in our societies.

Because we live in a time of intense social, environmental and spiritual change, I try to find alignment with the meanings behind these transformations, and do this by making art that explores the behavior of ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances.

Clayton Campbell



1965-68    Art Students League of New York
1968-69    Boston Museum School of Fine Art
1970-72    Atelier Ernst Fuchs, Vienna, Austria

A note on the Words We Have Learned Since 9/11 project- 2005 to Present

 The 9/11 Words Project is project that has been presented in numerous venues over the past dozen years and which has captured the public zeitgeist. It is a participatory photographic project begun in 2005 that now consists of over 1300 portraits of persons who pose holding signage on which are written new words they have learned since 9/11. The 9/11 Words Project is designed to culminate in 2021 in New York and to date has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Unit 24 Gallery, London; The Higher Bridges Arts Center, Enniskellen, Northern Ireland; the Nam Jun Paik Art Center, South Korea; the Aaran Gallery in Tehran; The Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris; the WYSPA Institute for Art, Gdansk Poland; Outdoor Projection Installation, Warsaw, Poland; Scope Basel, Switzerland; the International Center of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; Photo Galerij Lang, Samobor; City Museum of Dubrovnik, Batana, Rovinj; City Museum of Vodice; the Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing; the University of Capetown, South Africa; The Museum of Mobile, Alabama; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Barrick Art Museum, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; The Wonder Institute, Santa Fe; Pitzer College Gallery, CA; The Skid Row Archive and Museum, Los Angeles.

Solo Exhibitions

 2020-21              The Eye of Photography, Paris- On-line portfolios of Wild Kingdom series, and Interlopers series

2019-Present    Tales From the Downslope; But Picking Up Speed Really Fast, Edition One and Two,  Original  E-Publications, Photographs, Stories, Commentary, Issued on the Internet April, 2019 and May 2020

2018-Present    Flower Meditations, A Pause From the Serious Stuff Happening Out There, I-photos by    Clayton Campbell, An On-Going Instagram Platform @artandvictory

2017    “The 1% War”- An E-Book- a virtual E-Book, 21 new photographs with a 20,000  word original short story, launched midnight, October 1, 2016, Coagula Gallery, Los Angeles

2016    “Words We Have learned Since 9/11. The Skid Row Archive and history Museum,  Los Angeles

2015      “Wild Kingdom”, new photographs, Coagula Curatorial Gallery, Los Angeles

2014      “I Found Jesus In My Food, The Aqua Fair, Art Basel Miami

“In 2040…” JAUS Gallery, Video compilation of new works, Santa Monica

2013     “New Works and Words We Have Learned Since 9/11”, The Wonder Institute, Santa Fe

2012   “New Works and Words We Have Learned Since 9/11”, Three Shadows Photography    Center, Beijing, Republic of China

“New Works and Words We Have Learned Since 9/11”, the International Center of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania

2011      “Words We Have Learned Since 9/11 and New Works”, Unit 24 Gallery, London,  United   Kingdom

“Words We Have Learned Since 9/11”, Museum of Mobile, Alabama

2010      “After Abu Ghraib” & “Words We Have Learned Since 9-11”, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran

“Words My Son Has Learned Since 9-11”, Nam June Paik Arts Center, Ansan, Korea

2009    “After Abu Ghraib”, photographs, Pitzer College, CA

“Words We Have Learned Since 9-11”, WYSPA Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland

2006       “After Paradise- 45 Photographs for the Divine Comedy” Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall

“Words We Have Learned Since 9-11”, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, at LACMA Lab; Higher Bridges Arts Center, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland; Los Angeles Municipal Art   Gallery

“After Paradise-45 Prints for the Divine Comedy of Dante”, Engine Room Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland,

2005     “The Photography of Clayton Campbell”, Touring Exhibition of Croatia-, Photo Galerij Lang, Samobor; City Museum of Dubrovnik, Batana, Rovinj; City Museum of  Vodice.

2004    “Words My Son Has Learned Since 9-11”, photographs, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris, France;

Hamm Performing Arts Center Gallery University Nevada Las Vegas; Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica

“Rearguard Action”, drawings, Hamm Performing Arts Center Gallery University Nevada Las Vegas

“Selected Photographs,” Foto Galerij Lang, Somobor, Croatia,

2002    “68 Heroes, 1 Heroine”, photographs, Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica

“68 Heroes, 1 Heroine”, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

“Pantheon”, an installation, The Hamm Performing Arts Center Gallery, University Nevada Las Vegas,

2001    “Pantheon”, Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, paintings and drawings

“The Artist Clayton Campbell Referees….”, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe; photographs

2000     “The Artist Clayton Campbell Referees…”, “Bullet Train Blues” and “Love Hotel Sting”,  photographs, Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

“Millennial Hot Corner”, Highways Gallery, Santa Monica

1999   “Survey of 15 Years Work”, Highways Gallery, Santa Monica

“Fighting”, photographs, Queen Street Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland,

“Fighting”, photographs, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Project Room, Dublin, Ireland

“Millennial Corner” Highways Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

“At the Edge of Time”, paintings, drawings, installations Barrick Fine Art Museum, University Nevada Las Vegas

1998       “Retrospective” Highways Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1996      “Selected Works” Writers Guild of America Gallery, Los Angeles

1995      “Hiroshima Suite”, Phoenix Fine Art Museum, Arizona

1991      “The Map Paintings” Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles

1982-91    “The Belief Pictures” Sena Gallery and Hand Graphics Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

“The Map Paintings” Linda Durham Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

“New Work/New York” Kampo Kaikan Museum, Kyoto

“Monoprints” Glasgow Print Studio, Scotland

“Paintings, Prints” Greene Street Gallery, New York

“Selected Works” Kampo Cultural Center, New York

Group Exhibitions_________________________________________

2023-24    Off-Center: New Mexico Art, 1970-2000, a survey of the last three decades of the twentieth century, a pivotal time in which numerous artists relocated to New Mexico

DNA: 4th of 4; Santa Monica Community College Barrett Gallery- In celebration of EZTV’s 45th anniversary, as well as its 40 years of collaborations with LA ACM SIGGRAPH (as well as the entire international SIGGRAPH communities), a survey of 24 artists, whose work ranges from the late 1970s to today.

The Wrong Biennial, W’eve Been Dreaming About A magic Jungle, curated by Cansu Peker

Loop Art Critique, Cohort 4 and 6 Metaverse Projects

2020-21    Art Pandemic, South Devon College, United Kingdom

ArtBlog, Artists in the Time of Coronavirus, An ON-Going Virtual Exhibition, Part 41, Philadelphia,

Atlas of Affects, Slought Gallery, Philadelphia, Archival Project and Exhibit

Atlas of Affects,WHYY,NPR Radio, Peter Crimmins, Paranoia Starts to Creep In

Art Blog, Philadelphia- Artists in the Time of Coronavirus, Part 41

2019    Peace On Earth, Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA

2017    Walls: A Quest for Immersive Space, Produce Haus, Los Angeles,

Installation, Words We Have Learned Since 11/8

10 Years of Photography, The Real Deal Clayton Campbell Referees Evander Holyfield    Suite, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica

“The Gun Show”, The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, CA

2016    “Art and Theatricality, Museum of New Mexico”

2015    “60 Americans”, Elga Wimmer Gallery, NYC

2014    “Installation- 9/11 Words Project-“ Scope Basel, Switzerland

“One Shot: One World”- Photography Show, The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, CA

2013       “Bakers Dozen”- After Abu Graib “, Torrance Art Center, California

“Inside, Outside & The Space Between- Photography Show”, The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, CA

2013    “Incognito”, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

2010    “Incognito”, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

2005   “Site/Reactions,” Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2004    “American Gothic”. Gallery C, Hermosa Beach

“sELECTIOs” Santa Fe Art Institute: “Place and Identity”, Queens University, Belfast,      Northern Ireland

2003       “A Thousand Clowns-Give or Take a Few”, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica

2001       “UNLV Selections”, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland

1998    “Group Show” UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

1997     “EATS!” Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica

‘Fools Paradise” Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica

1996       “LA Reconsidered” Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA

“Global Visions”, Orange County Contemporary Art Center. CA

“Artists and Collage” Long Beach Community College, CA

1995       “Group Exhibition” Directors Guild of America Gallery, Los Angles

“New Acquisitions” Santa Fe Museum of Art, New Mexico

“50 Years-Hiroshima” New Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Awards, Honors, Residencies, Commissions

2016    City of Santa Monica Artist Project Grant

2011    Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Cultural Exchange International Grant

2010   Artist in Residence, The MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire

2007    Board President Emeritus, Res Artis, Amsterdam

2005    Ramona School, Los Angeles, facility enhancement, LAUSD

2003    Award, Chevalier, National Order of Arts and Letters, France

2002    “10th Street School Facilities Enhancement” Los Angeles Unified School District, PEP Boys Corporation

2002   Durfee Foundation Completion Grant

2000    Public Art Commission, “Los Angelito’s Primary Center”, facility enhancement, Los Angeles

1999     Artist in Residence, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

1997-8     “Los Angelitos Children’s Center-Exterior Design” Los Angeles Unified School District, CRA, Public Art Commission

“LA Confidential” Set Painting Commission, Warner Brothers

1997       Grant Recipient, British Council Study Tour of Northern Ireland

1995       “Bonnie Raitt-Roadtested” Stage Design, National Tour

Artist in Residence, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica- still active


Visiting Artist, Tamarind Institute of Lithography, Albuquerque, NM

By the River-Eiko and Koma” Stage design, the Asia Society, New York

“Bonnie Raitt-Longing In Her Heart” Stage Design, National Tour


Appointments and Positions

1997-2007      Executive Committee and President, International Network of Residential Arts Centres

2006-2011      Artist Residency Advisor, United States Artists

1995-2010      Co-Executive Director, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA

1996- 99            Los Angeles Editor, Contemporary Magazine, London

1996-2013      Correspondent, Flash Art International Magazine, Milan, Italy

Correspondent, Object Magazine, Sydney, Australia

Correspondent, DART magazine, Toronto, Canada

Santa Monica Editor, Contemporary Magazine, London

Contributor, Afterimage Magazine, New York

1986-90            Owner, Hot House Studios, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1984-86            Director of Programming, Kampo Cultural Center, New York

1982-84            Production Manager, Theatre of the Open Eye, New York

1976-80            Founder, The Performing Space, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Public/Institutional Collections

Phoenix Fine Art Museum

Wiggins Collection, Boston Public Library

Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art, New Mexico

University of New Mexico Art Museum

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Kampo Kai-Kan Museum, Kyoto, Japan

Library of Congress 9/11 Print and Drawing Collection

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

Center for Political Graphics, Los Angeles

Robert Bell Collection, Highland University Museum, New Mexico

 Recent Published Writing 2014-19

 Beings: The Art of Mark Spencer

University of New Mexico Press

November 2019

By Clayton Campbell and David Clemmer

The Beat and the Buzz: Inside the L.A. Art World,    Hol Art Books, 2011, By Richard Hertz, Contributor, Chapter 18

Cultures and Globalization: Cultural Expression, Creativity and Innovation

Helmut K Anheier, Yudhishthir Raj Isar , SAGE, Jan 21, 2010

Contributor Chapter 17- Creative Communities and Emerging Networks

 Marina Forstmann Day: Under the Dressing Table, or Lifting My Skirt.

Carmelina Press, Los Angeles, 2018

Forward by Lawrence Rinder, Text by Clayton Campbell

 Self- Published Volumes- Blurb.com and Amazon.com

Clayton Campbell-Photographs 2009-2019; 230 pages, 2019,

Text by Clayton Campbell.

Context Clayton Campbell; 1968-2007, 138 pages, 2009,

Text by Clayton Campbell, Robert Sain, Ciara Ennis.

Tales From the Downslope; But Picking Up Speed Really Fast, Edition One, A Limited Edition Magazine and E-Publication, avaiable on the internet and social media, April, 2019

Artillery Magazine, Reviews, Interviews, Features 2015- Present

Lisa Diane Wedgeworth: Interview

Sarah Lucas: Hammer Museum

Tony Conrad: ICA Philadelphia

Museum Joy: The 57th Carnegie International

Sally Mann at the Getty

Susu Attar at The Mistake Room

Leo Garcia: My Alien Abduction at Highways Performance Space

Rocio Aranda-Alvarado: A Curator’s Approach to Race and the Body As A Political Site/Site Santa Fe

Dawn DeDeaux’s “Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunces In an Effort to Make Sense Of It All”

After Image Magazine

Sandra de la Loza: Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism
Vol. 46 No. 2, June 2019

Museum Joy” the 57th Edition of the Carnegie International Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism
Vol. 46 No. 2, June 2019

LA Review of Books

Ellipsis: Pablo Rasgado at the Steve Turner Gallery, August 2015

Art For the One percent: John Currin at Gagosian Gallery, April 2015

Res Magazine

Number 12 April 2017

Kiki Smith

Selected Reviews, Essays, Interviews, Features 2000 2012- Flash Art, Contemporary, D’ART, Art Voices, After Image Magazines

Kiki Seror-interview

Vanessa Beecroft-interview

Bill Viola-interview

Frank Gehry- interview

Miguel Calderon-review

Cathie Opie-reviews

Steven Klein-reviews

David Salle-reviews

Jeff Koons-review

Barbara Krueger-review

Carole Caroompas- review

Gajin Fujita- review

Paul Zaloom-review

RC Horsch- review

Thomas Struth- review

Wolfgang Tillmans- review

Joe Goode- review

Dan Flavin- review

Ed Keinholz- review

Alan Sekula- review

Delia Brown- review

Marcel Dzama- review

Fiona Tan- review

Lita Albuquerque- feature

Group Exhibitions and Essays

Cultural Production in a Time of War-essay

War and Vice or Versa-essay


Performance in LA-feature

The Visionary Landscape, at the Hammer Museum, review

Superflat, at MOCA, review

Whiteness: A Wayward Construction, at the Laguna Art Museum, review

Administrative, Consulting, and Cultural Producer Work

Artist Residency and Development Advisor

ARCAthens– Bronx, NY May 2017 to Present

ARC Athens is a non-profit organization dedicated to hosting visual artists and curators from all parts of the world to live and create in Athens, Greece—thereby facilitating a diverse influx of expression, production, and learning in a city brimming with creative energy.

Our mission is to create a foundational presence in the city of Athens that supports and promotes growth in the visual arts community through a comprehensive artist residency program that will enrich artists and communities on both the local and the international levels. Further, we seek to extend this foundation to the United States, by creating a presence for Greek artists and curators to be in residence at ARCAthens facility in the Bronx, New York City.

The Program is designed to fully support artists during their residency by providing the time, space and resources needed to create freely while immersed in a new environment, community and culture—potentially integrating elements of that experience into their art. We host extensive outreach and professional development opportunities for visiting artists and curators to maximize their engagement with the local arts communities.

ARCAthens has launched its pilot program for artists and curators in Athens, Greece in 2019. I am on board as their Artist Residency Advisor, providing support and consultation for board development, funding strategies, program design, partnerships and sustainability issues. We will be working to begin the second round of residencies in Athens in late 2019, and start a reciprocal program in 2020 that will bring Greek artists to New York.

Grant Evaluator and Reporting

Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA – Los Angeles, CA June 2015 to Present

The Andrew W Mellon Foundation has funded the Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA for four years to conduct an innovative project, Collaborative Intersections in the Visual and Performing Arts. The program included artists residencies and commissions with Maria Hassabi, John Zorn, Matthew Barney, Claire Chase, Ann Carlson and Calista Lyon, and the Choreographic Coding Labs. It also involved the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Jonah Bokaer Dance, Deborah Hay Dance and the Culberg Ballet, theatre artists Ann Hamilton and Ann Carlson, musicians Vijay Iyer, Taju Cole, and Jason Moran and Band. Productions by William Kentridge, Stan Douglas, Carrie Mae Weems, Dimitris Papaioannou, and Lars Jan and Merce Cunningham Company.

The Collaborative Intersections in the Visual and Performing Arts project set out a series of questions to test a variety of assumptions and set in motion investigations that would result in learning opportunities at a critical moment in performance and visual arts collaborations and how their respective institutions provide innovative and creative platforms for this work. The proposal laid out seven points of possible inquiry, and beyond the involved practicalities of the artist projects, are explorations of mission and programming imperatives across institutions. In evaluating and reporting on these questions and assumptions, I spend time with the artists exploring how working in a non-traditional venue opens new opportunities for them creatively, professionally, and emotionally. I also evaluate the impact on the creative field and how it affects its overall ‘ecology’. Finally, I evaluate how the institutions receive the cross sector movement of performance into their venues? Is it a creative success, a developmental success, are new audiences engaged, does it test staff capacity, what has been learned, and can these experiences be leveraged for more direct support for CAP’s programs and for the artists themselves on a national level?

Program Designer and Manager

Little Tokyo Service Center – Los Angeles, CA September 2016 to November 2019

Little Tokyo Service Center is a social service center and community development organization committed to improving the lives of individuals and families through culturally sensitive social service care, strengthening neighborhoods though housing and community development, and promoting the rich heritage of our ethnic communities.

In 2015 LTSC was one of six national organizations selected by President Obama to participate in the Art Place America Community Development Investments (CDI) program. Art Place America is a ten-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

LTSC received a $3million grant from Art Place America, and as one of its place-making initiatives has launched a multi- year artist + LAB Artist Residency Program that will take place in their Little Tokyo community. Convening a consortium of local organizations and out of state and local multi disciplinary artists, a unique model of partnerships and collaborations will take place in March of 2018. During this pilot session the artists will be in residence for a three-month period, and develop projects that work with various groups and artists in the Little Tokyo Community.

The goals of the + LAB Artist Residency Program are reflective of LTSC’s mission, and the intention of the Art Place America program:

  • How can we more creatively highlight Little Tokyo’s story – past and present – and connection to a larger Los Angeles identity of historic ethnic neighborhoods?
  • How can we engage arts and artists/cultural workers to build local power and advance community control over Little Tokyo’s future?
  • How can community development efforts support existing community, arts & cultural assets, ensuring the long-term viability of affordable housing for residents with low incomes and historic small businesses?

Program Designer and Manager

Rasmuson Foundation – Anchorage, AK January 2013 to December 2014

In a groundbreaking programmatic initiative, the Rasmuson Foundation launched the Rasmuson Artist Residency Program in 2013 to support residencies at nine participating institutions. For them, I managed a $250,00 budget, designed the entire program by setting up the relationships with the centers in Alaska and the lower 48 states; designing and implementing the selection process of artists; and managing the first year of the program. The program is still successfully running and has served many artists for whom this has been their first experience either in Alaska or out of Alaska in an artist residency experience.

In the program, four Alaska-based artists are selected each year to participate in residencies at Lower 48-based art centers, and four Lower 48-based artists are paired with an Alaska arts organization. The organizations participating in the program are: The Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer; The Island Institute in Sitka; the Anchorage Museum of Art; the Alaska Native Art Center at the University of Fairbanks. The McColl Center, Charlotte, NC; Zygote Press, Cleveland; Santa Fe Art Institute and Institute for American Indian Arts, New Mexico; Djerassi Resident Arts Program, CA.

The Cleveland Foundation – Cleveland, OH January 2010 to December 2012

In 2008, the Cleveland Foundation created an unprecedented international artist residency program that has since brought more than 80 foreign artists to Cleveland. In 2010 Clayton Campbell Consulting was asked to re-design, manage and evaluate the program. My work resulted in a partnership model, a nomination process involving a panel of international curators, and an innovative program of hosting the visiting international artists with local organizations. These organizations also collaborated with community- based centers that had little or no arts programming where the artists conducted workshops and teaching experiences. This extraordinarily successful program of cultural exchange expanded to include many new partners and has continued to be a sustainable program for the Cleveland Foundation.

Each year, Creative Fusion brings approximately a dozen accomplished or rapidly rising artists from around the world and from underrepresented cultures to Cleveland. There are two residencies each year: one in the spring and another in the fall. What makes the Creative Fusion residency unique is that, in addition to undertaking innovative work in their discipline, each artist is spending just as much time, if not more, on making strong connections and exchanges with local artists, students and the Greater Cleveland community. The deep engagement that Creative Fusion offers at the artistic level generates a rich and lasting impact. Beginning with the initial selection committee set up by Clayton Campbell Consulting, the artists in residence have been quite diverse, coming from Cuba, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Chile, Mexico, Armenia, India, Korea, China, Uganda, Turkey, Thailand, Austria, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, Senegal, Poland, Taiwan, Romania, Egypt, Pakistan, Bulgaria, South Africa, Nepal, Iran, Bulgaria, Germany and Albania.

As the program has successfully continued from the re-design, a wide range of participating organizations in the Creative Fusion program have been: Art House Inc., Case Western Reserve University /Cuyahoga County Library, Center for Arts- Inspired Learning, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Public Art / Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Ingenuity Cleveland, Inlet Dance Theatre, Negative Space Gallery, New Bridge, Cleveland, Ohio City Inc./ Hingetown, Playhouse Square, Cleveland Print Room, Rainey Institute, The Sculpture Center, SPACES, Transformer Station, Trinity Cathedral, Verb Ballets. Waterloo Arts, and Zygote Press.

Artist Residency Advisor

United States Artists – Los Angeles, CA January 2006 to July 2011

For this unique program, the first ever in Alaska, I created a statewide artist residency program that sent mainland artists of all disciplines for one month to be in residence in communities throughout the State of Alaska. I established residencies in non-traditional settings, developing partnerships with many different organizations that had not hosted residencies before. Additionally, I managed the entire residency program including developing all contracts, artist relations, payments and invoicing, travel, marketing, site visits, documentation of the residencies, and contacts with the organizations throughout the residencies.

This unique Artist In Residence Program, made possible by a grant $1 million grant from the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation—one of USA’s founding supporters—Alaska AIR provides opportunities for short- and long-term residencies at each of the host organizations where visiting artists will develop new work, offer public performances, and engage with the local community. It involved artists of all disciplines who spent one-month residencies in various communities in Alaska, partnered with participating cultural organizations.

I made 15 visits to Alaska designing and managing the program for United States Artists, also working closely with the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage. All told over 35 artists from the United States Artists Fellowship roster had outstanding experiences and residencies at The Island Institute in Sitka; Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Alaska Dance Theatre, the Koahnic Native Broadcast Corporation, the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Out North Art Center, all in Anchorage; The Native Arts Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks; the Bunnell Street Art Center and the Pratt Museum in Homer; the Wrangell Arts Center in Wrangell; Perseverance Theatre in Juneau; and Alutiq Museum, Kodiak.

Rockefeller Bellagio Artist Residency Program Bellagio, Italy January 2008 to December 2010

The Bellagio Creative Arts Fellowships is a high profile program, recognizing visual artists whose work is inspired by global or social issues and demonstrates exceptional originality. I was asked by the Rockefeller Foundation to design this new fellowship and residency award.

Working with Rockefeller staff, I designed the guidelines, selection criteria, marketing, and invited and convened an esteemed group of international curators who met at the Bellagio Center in Italy to nominate and select the first year winners of the Creative Arts Fellowships.

The panel included the following persons and their affiliations at that time- Amada Cruz, United States Artists; Anna Danieri, Antonio Ratti Foundation, Italy; Mario Garcia Durham, National Endowment for the Arts; N’Gone Fall, Independent Curator, Senegal; Mario Fortunatto, Antonio Ratti Foundation, Italy; Kim, Hong Hee, Gyeonggi Museum of Art, South Korea; Abaseh Mirvali, Jumex Foundation, Mexico; Aneta Szylak, WYSPA Foundation of Art, Poland; Nicholas Tsoutas, Powerhouse Centre, Sydney, Australia; and Isao Tsujimoto, Japan Foundation, New York.

The Fellows received a substantial cash award, catalog and a fully subsidized residency of two months at the Bellagio Center in Italy. They benefited from interactions with a stimulating community of scholars, writers, policymakers, and other artists who are present at the Center during their residency period.

Established in 2008 and concluded in 2015, the Bellagio Creative Arts Fellows Program sought to raise the international visibility of some of the most interesting contemporary visual artists and their innovative work. These fellowships were highly selective residencies that continued the Foundation’s tradition supporting cultural innovation and creative expression. Artists receiving fellowships include Mona Hatoum, Kofi Setordji, Shahzia Sikander, Milumbe Haimbe, Emily Jacir, Suzanne Lacy, Dinh Q. Le, Berni Searle, and Wu Tsang, among others.

Co-Executive Director and Artistic Director

18th Street Arts Center

Santa Monica, CA January 1995 to December 2010

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top 20 artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public to foster radical imagination, empathy, and positive social change.

As Co-Executive Director I developed the International Residency and Exhibition Program. During my tenure I curated over 300 artist residencies from 26 countries, funded them, and formed agreements with multiple governments and NGO’s. I organized and curated over 50 exhibitions, serving hundreds of local, national and international artists. I produced dozens of events, catalogs, journals, and artists projects that included over 6000 artists in 15 years, fundraising over 2 million dollars for these activities. In 2002 I was awarded by the French Government the distinction of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Lettres for my work in cultural exchange with France.


Res Artis- International Society of Residential Arts Centres – Amsterdam, Netherlands January 2002 to December 2007

Res Artis: Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies is a 26 year old network of arts residency operators from around the globe. Our network comprises more than 700 vetted members in over 85 countries. We operate from three international offices: the Netherlands, Australia and Iran. We are the worldwide professional body for the field, ensuring sustainability and growth by providing capacity building tools for our members through face-to-face meetings and digital platforms. We aim to support and connect residencies, engage and advocate the importance of residencies in today’s society, and provide recommendations towards cultural mobility research and policy.

As President I doubled the numbers of members; diversified the membership and leadership of the Board of Directors; led a strategic planning process with a Ford Foundation Grant of $250,000; incorporated the association under Dutch law;planned and implemented convening’s of the members in Berlin, Sydney and Melbourne, Helsinki, and Amsterdam. These five years represented the longest and most successful sustained period in the organizations history.