Highlighted Member: Deb Douglas

Highlighted Member: Deb Douglas

What was your favorite exhibition at the museum?
That is a hard question! Probably all-time favorite was Yoshitomo Nara: Nothing Ever Happens or Ruby Osorio: A Story of a Girl (Who Awakes Far, Far Away) both from 2005. Nara is on my top twenty artists list and Osorio reminds me of images from my childhood and outsider artists like Darger. Recently, Lari Pittman: A Decorated Chronology and Joyce Pensato: I Killed Kenny—I love the energy in her work—it’s such a wonderful hijacking of the pop culture slickness we see in the media (with a beautiful nod to the AbEx painters!). Sorry, is that too many? I said it was hard!

Do you have a favorite program or event?
The Great Rivers Biennial is a favorite. A couple of my colleagues (Martin Brief and David Johnson) have been in it. I think it’s a great opportunity for artists, and it is important for viewers to see the amazing work in this city. Maybe you will see me there some day!

Why are you a member of CAM?
CAM matters to me both as an artist and as an educator.  I want to experience contemporary art on a global scale right here in St. Louis. I want my students to be challenged by this work, to connect in ways they hadn’t expected. All of our cultural institutions matter. Good programming, great staff, location, location, location…

Why would you encourage others to become members of CAM?
We are lucky to have so many great arts institutions and CAM is certainly one of them. They do great programming for the community as well as bring in cool shows.

First memory/experience at CAM?
Forum for Contemporary Art—I would go to see shows in the late ’80s and early ’90s when I was in graduate school.

Why is CAM important to St. Louis?
CAM matters to St. Louis because it shows residents and those in other cities that St. Louis has a great deal to offer.