Cudlin previously served as Director of Exhibitions for the Arlington Arts Center (AAC) in Arlington, Virginia, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Contemporary, Baltimore’s nomadic art museum without walls. For his exhibitions and programs at AAC, he was awarded a two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Cudlin's work as an artist and curator has been reviewed in the Washington Post, Art Papers, and Art in America. His exhibition reviews have appeared in the Washington City Paper, the Washington Post, and Sculpture Magazine. In 2009 and 2008, he was awarded back-to-back First Place Altweekly Awards for Arts Criticism in papers with circulations greater than 50,000.