Jeffry Cudlin was born in 1972 in Durham, North Carolina; raised in Lynchburg, Virginia; and currently lives in Washington, D.C. Cudlin works as an artist, critic, educator, and curator.
As an artist, Cudlin uses performance, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and parody to create opportunities for awkward encounters. His most recent project, "By Request", appeared at DC's Flashpoint Gallery as part of their 2010 season. Cudlin used polling data taken from influential DC collectors, critics, and curators to create what he claimed was the ideal Washington, DC art exhibition--featuring only images of himself. In 2007, Cudlin's mockumentary, "Ian and Jan: The Washington Body School," appeared at DCAC. For that project, Cudlin and his collaborator, Meg Mitchell, performed an art-historical intervention by interviewing local art luminaries-including artist Sam Gilliam and blogger Tyler Green-and asking them to describe a nonexistent DC art movement.
As a critic, Cudlin writes for The Washington Post, The Washington City Paper, and Sculpture Magazine. In both 2009 and 2008, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies recognized him with a First Place Altweekly Award for arts criticism in papers with circulations greater than 50,000. He won third place for the same award in 2006. His personal arts blog, Hatchets & Skewers, is nationally recognized.As a curator, Cudlin has worked with The Arlington Arts Center (AAC) since 2007. AAC is a 14,000 square foot non-profit contemporary art space just outside of Washington, D.C., focusing on artists from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Since arriving there, Cudlin has worked to dramatically increase the profile of AAC exhibits, and has organized challenging shows on topics like transhumanism, historical reenactments, and experimental geography. Cudlin has shown works by Renee Cox, Mel Chin, Mark Tribe, Olav Westphalen, Ana Lucas, Shane Hope, Arakawa and Gins, Nadine Robinson, Mary Mattingly, Leon Ferrari, Saya Woolfalk, Anton Kannemeyer, Sam Gilliam, and many others.
Although Cudlin will leave his post as AAC's Director of Exhibitions on August 1, 2011, he will continue to serve as a consultant, and is currently developing shows for AAC's 2012 season.
Cudlin also has taught painting, drawing, and art theory as an adjunct at The University of Maryland, College Park, from 2003 to 2007. While teaching there, he worked closely with the University Union Gallery on a number of projects, including organizing and moderating panel discussions in conjunction with exhibitions, and designing and teaching a theory course funded by the gallery, "Contemporary Art: Theory, Markets and Collecting."
Cudlin received his MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his undergraduate degree in studio art from the University of Virginia.