Sharon Kagan is a multimedia artist who utilizes knitting, photography, and drawing as the foundation of her personal lexicon. Kagan has a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and a Master of Arts in Sculpture from Otis Art Institute, where she trained with Betye Saar and Germano Celant. Between undergraduate and graduate school she worked as a core member of The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago's seminal feminist installation project. Kagan's collaboration, Sweater, with world renowned artist, Tim Hawkinson received critical acclaim. She is a Brody Arts Fund Fellowship Award recipient, and was a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence. Since 1993, Kagan has exhibited in Los Angeles, including exhibitions at the Patricia Correia Gallery, the Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery at Santa Monica College, Gallery 825, and the group exhibition Incognito at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. In 2016, she stepped down as Associate Professor at Santa Monica College, where she helped develop the Art Mentor Program, to focus full-time on her practice. During her tenure in the Mentor Program, Kagan introduced her students to the inner workings of the art world by bringing them to visit studio artists, including Bill Viola and Catherine Opie. She also introduced students to curators, critics, and gallery directors, including Connie Butler, Lisa Melandri, and David Pagel. Kagan lives and works in Los Angeles. She exhibited at Elga Wimmer Gallery in New York in 2017 and will exhibit at Lichtundfire Gallery in New York in Spring 2018.

EDUCATION

M.F.A. 1979 Sculpture/Performance  Otis Art Institute

B.A. 1976 Fine Art (cum laude)  UCLA

EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2019 (upcoming) String Theory: Work by Sharon Kagan, Yellowstone Art Museum (solo exhibition) Billings, MT

2019 (upcoming) Hardin Center for Cultural Arts (solo exhibition) Gadsden, AL

2018 (upcoming) Ping Pong, Projektraum M54, Basel, Switzerland (during ART Basel

2018 (upcoming) Northern Galleries (solo exhibition), Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD

2017 Free Form Five Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, New York

2005 - 2015 Incognito (annual event), Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

2013 Summer Salon, Fresh Paint, Culver City, CA

2010 Avec le coeur d’un enfant New Puppy Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008 - 2009 Venice Family Clinic Silent Auction

2007 Plays Well with Others, exhibition for 3-person collaborative group,
PiNK (into Pins, Needles and Knives) Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA

2007 Dancing Girls Don’t Need Safety Nets (solo exhibition) Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Sweater, collaborative installation Directed by Tim Hawkinson Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Biannual, Juried by Jeremy Strick, Director of MoCA, Los Angeles
LAAA South/The Mike Napoliello Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA

2006 Entwined, (two person exhibition, Santa Monica College Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2005 Fascia , private commission, outdoor installation, Venice, CA

2005 Newhall Art Walk: Temporary Public Art Project (juried), Newhall, CA

2005 OutAuction, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA

2003 In Utero: what were the chances (solo exhibition,) Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2000-2014 Faculty Exhibition Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA

GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS/AWARDS

1989-1990 National State County Partnership II Matching Grant
We declined due to fiscal problems with our non-profit partner

1985-1986 Brody Arts Fund Fellowship Award Individual fellowship in performance art

1985 California Arts Council, Artist in Residence Sponsored by Artsreach

BIBLIOGRAPHY

D. Dominick Lombardi, “Free Form Five,”
Huffington Post, September 29, 2017, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/free-form-five_us_59cec02fe4b0f58902e5cc35

Christopher Hart Chambers, "Free Form Five,"
d'Art International, Fall 2017/Winter 2018

Mary Hrbacek, "Free Form Five,"
Culture Catch, October 16, 2017

Shana Nys Dambrot, “Sharon Kagan: Microscopic,”
Huffington Post, March 17, 2017, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sharon-kagan-microcosmic_us_58c26f04e4b070e55af9ed8d

David Ng, “More Than Just Dyed in the Wool,”
Los Angeles Times , February 4, 2007, F8 (photo)

Holly Myers, “Close-knit ‘Sweater’ Teamwork,”
Los Angeles Times, July 14, 2006, E20 (color photo)

Caryn Coleman, “Sweater Song,”
art.blogging.la/archives/2006/06/sweater_song.phtml

Beverly Cohn, “Entwined: Two Artists Weave Their Magic,”
Westside Woman, a Santa Monica Mirror Publication, February 2006, p6 (article and color photos)

The Argonaut , exhibition announcement with photograph Daily Press Staff, “The Tension Builds at SMC Exhibit,”
The Daily Press, January 13, 2006 (photo)

Beverly Beyette, “A Place of Respite in the Heart of the City,”
Los Angeles Times, August 25, 1995 E1 (photo) 

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