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, and will be exhibiting at Elga Wimmer Gallery in New York in October 2017.

Selected Exhibitions/Installations/Performances

2019 Upcoming: Solo Show July 13-September 14, Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Gadsden, AL

2017 Upcoming: Oct. 7-Nov. 18, Free Form Five, Elga Wimmer PCC, 526 W 26th #310 NY, NY

2017 Pico Union Project, Artist in Residence, Los Angeles, CA

2008 Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art

2008 Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA

2007 Plays Well with Others, Exhibition of the collaborative group PiNK, Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery, SMC, Santa Monica, CA

2007 Dancing Girls Don't Need Safety Nets, Solo Exhibition Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Sweater, Gallery 825, Collaborative installation under the direction of Tim Hawkinson

2006 Biannual, LAAA South, Group show juried by Jeremy Strick

2006 Entwined, Santa Monica College Gallery, Two-Person Show

2005 Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Group Show

2005 Newhall Art Walk, Temporary Public Art Project

2005 OutAuction, Fundraiser for LA Gay & Lesbian Center

2004 Gallery 825, Group Show

2004 Faculty Exhibition, Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery

2003 In Utero: What Were the Chances?, Gallery 825, Solo Exhibition

2003 Faculty Exhibition, Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery

2002 Faculty Exhibition, Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery

2001 Faculty Exhibition, Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery

2000 Faculty Exhibition, Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery

2000 An Intimate Conversation, performance/installation

a collaboration with Terry Holzgreen, Upstairs at the Market Gallery

1999 Bone Kaddish, Site Specific Performance, Santa Monica Airport

1999 A Husband/A Wife, a collaboration with Terry Holzgreen

1995 A Really Big Group Show, Patricia Correia Gallery

1994 - 1996 The Love Chapel, Two year installation, Santa Monica, CA

1993 Portraits - Redefined, Patricia Correia Gallery, Group Show


1977-79 Master of Fine Arts

Otis Art Institute

Los Angeles, CA

Studied with Germano Celant, Betye Saar and Gary Lloyd

1971-76 Bachelor of Arts

Painting and Sculpture

University of California

Los Angeles, CA


1989-1990, National State County Partnership II Matching Grant (declined)

1985-86, The Brody Arts Fund Fellowship Award, California Comm. Fdtn.

in coordination with the NEA

1985-86, California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence


2017 The Huffington Post

"Sharon Kagan: Microcosmic"

Shana Nys Dambrot

2007 LA Times February 4

"More Than Just Dyed in the Wool"

David Ng

2006 Saatchi-Gallery.co/uk


"Traditional feminist concerns are considered uncool in contemporary art today,

yet these ten international female artists create compelling, intelligent art -

showcasing issues, material and methods inspired by feminist theory and women's common experiences.

2006 LA Times July 14

"Close-knit 'Sweater' Teamwork"

Holly Myers

2006 Santa Monica Mirror, Westside Woman

"Entwined: Knitting and Crochet as an Art Form"

Beverly Cohn

1995 LA Times

'A Place of Respite in

the Heart of the City'

The Love Chapel

Beverly Beyette

1985 High Performance

'Power to Heal'

They Say the War

Ended in 1945,

Jennifer Greene

1984 High Performance

'Will You Love Me?'

Ours is a Sacred Pact

Jennifer Greene

Selected Collectors

Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Trevor & Lindsey Albert, Malibu, CA

Marlette & Raymond Betesh, Woodland Hills, CA

Marlene Frantz, Topanga, CA

Cecilia & Richard Goodman, Newport Beach, CA

Deborah & Matt Groening, Venice, CA

Barry & Connie Hershey, Concord, MA

Lewis Janowsky, Newport Bch, CA

Kevin Jennings, New York, NY

Lesley Karsten, New York, NY

Valerie Keaton & Jacques Couturier, Seattle, WA

Marta Kristen-Kane & Kevin Kane, Santa Monica, CA

Deb Lacusta & Dan Castellaneta, Santa Monica, CA

Dr Sarah LaSaulle, Los Angeles

Wendy Moss & Pat Tauzin, Los Angeles, CA

Leslie Peters, Los Angeles, CA

Karen Michaels, Santa Barbara, CA

Quantum Development Corp, La Jolla, CA

Denise & Greg Sanford, Pacific Palisades, CA

Amy Slavitt, Los Angeles, CA

Dr Greer Sullivan, Little Rock, Ark

Victoria & Mark Sutherland, Malibu, CA

Drue & Arne Van Roon, Monaco

Maria Vidal, Los Angeles, CA

Matt Wickline, Santa Monica, CA

Related Art Experiences

Performance Director

Suzanne Lacy's The Dark Madonna

May 31, 1986

The Ojai Foundation

Constructed 8 Ceremonial Shields

Yen Lu Wong, project coordinator


The Dinner Party

apprenticed with Judy Chicago

Santa Monica, CA