closing shop


Dear friends,

I am writing to let you know that Culture Front is coming to a close and I am resigning from my role in creating and directing it. The blog, the live conversation series, and the Starters dinners have all lived up to the goal of inspiring deeper conversation about the importance of contemporary art and artists in our community.

In many significant ways, Culture Front has been a group effort, a kind of social experiment of creativity. Many of you have found an outlet or inspiration from the programs we’ve produced, and that means CF has been a success. Thank you for participating and contributing and sharing yourselves.

After two years, I have come to the conclusion that Culture Front – or any similar programming – belongs in a bigger organization with funding to staff it adequately. When I started CF, I was filled with a lot of naiveté and a lot of bravado. I have been humbled to smash headlong into my own limitations as an individual. What has ensued is my respect and appreciation for professionalism and teamwork in a well-run, well-funded organization.

It’s my hope that the arts community in Jackson will invest in arts leadership training. We desperately need more skills, more breadth of experience, better organizations. I say that with respect for the many organizations that are already doing important hard work, and doing it well.

It’s also my hope that Jackson will decide to truly invest in the artists and innovators who make our arts community vibrant. I can say from painful experience that underpaid and unpaid efforts are, in the end, a recipe for burnout and low morale. We need to invent an economy that will create stability and happiness for arts administrators and artists.

So, I’m writing to you all candidly to say goodbye and thank you. I’ll be moving on to other endeavors that will hopefully provide better balance personally. I respectfully request that you not suggest ideas of ways to keep CF going. I promise that I have doggedly explored many avenues and I know intimately the limitations of this project at this current time in Jackson.

In the end, I view Culture Front as my art project that has come to its natural conclusion.

I wish everyone well in your continued creative endeavors!



travis walker at altamira

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Don’t miss  In Such an Hour: New Views of Jackson Hole, an exhibit of new work by Travis Walker, September 23-October…

Gilded Wings by Simon Gudgeon

revel, revel

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Revelry Masquerade Ball Friday, October 4, 6:30 PM More than 100 artists have created masks for the Oct. 4 masquerade…


abbie goes to portland!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

And she’s off! Abbie Miller heads to Portland, Oregon, this week for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition at…


report from the innagural starters

Thursday, September 12, 2013

In one word: Wow. On Tuesday night, Culture Front teamed up with Teton Artlab to host a crowd-sourced, micro-funding dinner…



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Please join Jackson Hole Public Art in celebrating The Cairn Project, an interactive installation by Jackson’s own Bronwyn Minton. Inspired…


sharp edge of emptiness

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Follow this link to an article I wrote for Matthew Irwin‘s new blog, Caldera Culture Review. I look at three…

couch man

art is life

Monday, August 5, 2013

Art Is Life, a solo art exhibition by Remy Milosky Saturday, August 10, 6-10 PM Intencións, 160A W. Broadway. “I…

Wayne Thiebaud, "Two Cheese Cubes"


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Teton Artlab & Culture Front present STARTERS: A recurring dinner party to fund local artist projects. Artists: apply to show…


discuss the artspot tonight

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Join us tonight, Wednesday, July 31, for a special, summertime Culture Front Live event with ArtSpot artist Randy Walker at 5:30…


randy walker

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Center of Wonder welcomes award-winning public artist Randy Walker, who will create a new ArtSpot installation. Minnesota sculptor Randy Walker, uses…