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Sept. 13, 2022

s3e8 Dave Cloutier

Director of Center Arts and Studios, Baltimore

In s3e8, Ann Shafer talks with Dave Cloutier who recently opened Center Arts and Studios (CAS) in the Mill Centre, Baltimore. CAS offers classes, equipment, critiques, guidance, and studio spaces to second-career artists. A passion project for Dave, it has long been his goal to encourage artists and their meaningful work to find each other. His belief in letting the work that needs to be made be made means giving over one's conscious self and embracing that mysterious place inside all of us, our subconscious. It takes maturity, patience, and generosity to get to that place, but Dave is intent on helping second-career artists find their voice. It also takes, according to Dave, lots of experimentation with monoprinting. His two presses offer ample opportunity to have at it.

It's an exciting development in the artistic landscape of Baltimore and one that will no doubt appeal to many. This episode introduces Dave and the program to the world and offers an invitation to come see what CAS is all about. Dave welcomes visitors and loves talking about art, inspiration, and listening intently to one's mind.

Find out why Ann called him a unicorn.

Dave has been a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art for sixteen years. He earned his MFA from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting in 2005, and his BFA in painting and art therapy from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia in 1991.

Prior to his role at MICA, Dave taught in community arts throughout Baltimore for Clayworks and Towson University’s Community Arts program.  Dave has worked with teens, adults, and older adults in psychiatric settings as an activities therapist and in direct patient care, continuing this work as a certified nursing assistant in nursing facilities specializing in caring for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

It is with all this experience that Dave will guide you along a path toward self-actualization. Check out CAS's program here: https://www.centerartsandstudios.com/.

Images of works discussed are below along with their credit/institution.

Episode image of Dave Cloutier by Elizabeth English.

Center Arts and Studios, Mill Centre, Baltimore.

Center Arts and Studios, Mill Centre, Baltimore.

Fra Angelico (Italian, 1395–1455). Annunciation, 1440–42. Fresco. 176 x 148 cm. Basilica di San Marco, Florence, Italy.

Cy Twombly (American, 1928–2011) gallery at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.

Installation view of Philip Guston: The Last Lithographs, at Timothy Taylor gallery, New York, 2018, featuring 25 lithographs created by the artist and published by Gemini G.E.L. in 1980, the year of the artist’s death.

Paula Rego (Portuguese, 1935–2022). Triptych, 1998. Pastel on paper on aluminum. Each: 100 x 110 cm. (39 3/8 x 43 1/4 in.). Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Lakeland Arts, Kendal, UK.

Paula Rego (Portuguese, 1935–2022). Young Predators, 1987, from the portfolio Artists’ Choice published by the Royal College of Art, London. Etching and aquatint. 12 x 12 inches (305 x 305mm.). 1st Dibs.

Videos on/with Paula Rego:





Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Enrolled Salish, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, MT, born 1940), published by Washington University School of Art Collaborative Print Workshop. Celebrate 40,000 Years of American Art, 1995. Collagraph. 78 1/8 x 53 3/8 in. (198.4 x 135.6 cm.). Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis.

Joann Moser. Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America. Washington, DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1997.



Dave Cloutier (American, born 1961). Adam and Eve, 2019. Monotype on machined mulberry paper and oil paint on Arches watercolor paper. 72 x 108 inches.

Dave Cloutier (American, born 1961). Eves Burning, 2020. Monotype on machined mulberry paper and oil paint on Arches watercolor paper. 124 x 120 inches.

Dave Cloutier (American, born 1961). Killed Man and Drone, 2019. Monotype on machined mulberry paper and oil paint on Arches watercolor paper. 74 x 118 inches.

Dave Cloutier (American, born 1961). Trench, 2020. Monotype on machined mulberry paper and oil paint on Arches watercolor paper. 80 x 115 inches.


Platemark is produced by Ann Shafer
Series one co-host: Ben Levy
Series two co-host: Tru Ludwig
Theme music:
Michael Diamond